trendwatch: floral prints

Guess what? The 80’s are back. In case you haven’t noticed, floral prints are back in a big way. This time around though, there’s a new take, and new ways to make the look your own.

Above: Whitney Port (The Hills, The City) rocking a [vintage?] floral dress and a tee from Wildfox Couture. To avoid looking too much like a little girl, pair sweet florals with an edgy accessory, like Whitney’s studded black leather bag, or some lace-up sandals, or a spiky accessory. It’s all about mixing hard and soft.

Above: Lauren Conrad looking adorable in a blue floral top; fellow Hills hotties Stephanie Pratt and Lo Bosworth going out on the town, both rocking floral prints. (Personally not a fan of Lo’s blue quilted bag–it clashes with her outfit and looks kind of cheap.)

Above: A ribboned floral hair accessory from Diane von Furstenburg’s spring 2009 line, and then on DVF employee Whitney.

Above: More DVF floral looks from the runway. I love the styling for this show; it’s pretty and feminine but with lots of punch and color. I’m a big fan of long, flowing hair, too. Another new twist on the bohemian look. I think the cascading flowers and ribbons look amazing on the models, but unless you’re Carrie Bradshaw I think it would be hard to pull off even with the most basic of outfits. As a self-described conservative dresser, I personally would prefer to interpret the trend in a much subtler way.

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