I had to write a blog about dark floral dresses. I'm slightly obsessed with dark florals (you should see my downstairs loo) and now Pearl Lowe has the expensive version in her lounge, I must be right on. The thing is, no matter how much of a fashionista, I always stay true to some styles and when I think back to all my decades of dressing, the dark floral printed dress has always been with me (whether its on trend or not!)
But guess what? its so on trend right now and there is abundance of dark rich floral long dresses to choose from this season.
Firstly lets talk about the benefits of wearing dark florals.
Number one: Starting practical. Dark prints can be worn a number of times and not show dirt (sorry but I live the country, have 3 dogs and entertain a lot so wouldn't choose a red silk dress)
Number two: Dark florals can look expensive because of the richness of the print so even if the dress is only from H&M your not going to look cheap.
Number three: Dark florals can be worn by all ages. So my mum can rock one at 75, me at 43 but also my 12 year old daughter could funk it up with biker boots.
Number four: Dark floral maxi dresses suit a number of occasions. From shopping trips with big boots and a polo neck, drinks parties with heels, the school carol service with some suede sensible OTN boots.
Number five: If you are like me and would rather wear a long theatrical gown to a party as apposed to a slinky number these are the dresses for you. It also means that you don't have to stress about the state of your tights or how many mince-pies you've eaten that day.
Here are my favourite on sale right now:
So this beautiful dress is by Anthropologie (£188) is such a glamorous dress for the party season. I adore the feminine touch of flowers around the deep v neck. Its loose enough to throw over for a party - just add heels and statement earrings or dress down on Christmas Day with leather boots. It could also work in the summer months with sandals.
So here is Zara's £39.99 version. Probably more of a wearable fabric than Anthropologie and a great mix of pinks and reds. This time given a funky edge with statement red boots.
Hobbs Black Courtiers Dress £299 has a touch more tailoring. A simple fit and flare style with 3/4 sleeves. This looks feminine with a court shoe but the shape would work with knee boots and a tailored cropped jacket.
H&M £39.99 have produced this fabulous dark floral maxi in a shirt style with long sleeves. I love the yellow and turquoise in the print..this could work in the spring worn open with trainers.
This gown by French Connection £185 is divine. Perfect for winter party and lounging in a large country estate with furry slippers. Love the plunging neckline proving its not all about the tight fit dress this season and more coverage is much more sexy.
And here is my version, from &OtherStories. I fell for this dress back in October. I love the way it goes up and the front, and has a Spanish feel to it. The ruffles on the sleeve are fun and the zip front allows me to wear done up by day (with a polo neck underneath) or lower for the evening. I'll be wearing this on Christmas Day with some over the knee velvet boots.