Modern Florals

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Florals never go out of style, especially because there’s infinite ways to create a floral pattern.  It can be more traditional and old fashioned, more tropical, or something else entirely. Florals can become modern if paired with a second pattern – like a grid, plaid, stripes, even polka dots. Of course, you don’t want to get too crazy, but as long as the patterns are contrasting enough, or one pattern takes the backseat, the pattern-mixing works.

Even though the pattern of this dress is uniform throughout, it still feels a little more modern to me, probably because of the interesting colour combinations but also because it almost looks abstract.    Here are some examples of modern floral prints I found on Lookbook.nu:  Here, here, and here.

What can also make florals more modern is the cut; this dress is sewn from multiple vertical panels that open up at the hips.  I’ve never owned a dress with this kind of seaming (I don’t know the proper term for it), but it’s really quite flattering on curvy bodies like mine.  You can see a close-up of the seaming in a photo below.

And speaking of interesting clothing shapes, I’ve been loving the different silhouettes that are surfacing lately – the crop top, racer-necked tank tops, longer skirts, rompers, harem pants, etc.  The other day I paired a short, flared skater skirt with a large, drapey crop top.  I was surprised how well the different shapes went together… But I’ll save that for a different post.  ;)outfit-dress-bluedoor-1ootd-blue-door-4I like how this necklace brings out the really subtle minty-turquoise shades of the dress.ootd-blue-door-3My hair has been just a little bit frizzy lately, with the heat and humidity.  I did cut my hair after this photo was taken though, so pictures of the new ‘do will show up soon!ootd-blue-door-5
What I’m wearing: Everything, except for the jacket is from Forever 21.  The jacket is from Target.

I'm a Californian in my mid-twenties who studied Art History and lived in France for 3 years. I blog honestly about my travels, share my thoughts on life, and get poetic about art and photography. I also sell prints of my photographs on Etsy.

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