From floor-sweeping moody prints to peppy mini dresses and billowing blouses, here’s how to do florals in winter.

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” Miranda Priestly may have been right, florals in spring aren’t exactly a sartorial spoiler alert but they do take a more unexpected turn come autumn/winter. The winter floral is everywhere right now and it gives the typically prim and pretty print a sexier, moodier and more romantic vibe.

Think berry-hued midi dresses with ‘70’s-inspired frilly necks and puffed shoulders or thigh-skimming smock dresses in burnt tones paired with knee-high riding boots. There are plenty of higher-end brands doing this take on florals so well, from Brit brand Rixo – we love their poppy print silky midi skirt paired with a black chunky knit – to vintage-inspired brand Batsheva who have recently teamed up with icons of the floral print, Laura Ashley, for a stunning collaboration. Check out the Devon Midi Dress with its dark, autumnal florals and contrasting crochet trim.

Winter florals play particularly well to that 1970’s bohemian vibe. The frilly high-neck, puffed shoulder and tired midi skirt nails the trend with this Boden dress. We’ll be wearing them with slouchy suede boots and classic gold hoops.

WEAR WITH

If florals feel a little feminine for your style, juxtapose them with something edgier like PVC trousers or a leather skirt – on the high street, Zara and Mango have some great options for under £50. Finish off with a smokey eye or smudged merlot lip to keep things a little more contemporary.

The look plays well into evening wear, too. Alessandra Rich’s Floral Silk Midi is cut from pure silk, with ruching, puffed sleeves, and pleats to make it super flattering. A velvet bow adds the finishing touch – perfect for party season.

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