How to wear dark florals

Floral prints don’t exclusively belong to your spring and summer wardrobe. They’re not always bright, pastel or girly, either. This season, florals are defying convention with a darker, moodier colour palette of black, navy and wine-coloured backgrounds. They instantly add a dramatic touch of attitude to a winter outfit, while still staying true to their feminine detailing.

To help you integrate this popular print into your wardrobe this season, here are four ways to wear dark florals, ranging from top-to-toe drama to a hint of romance with a subtle statement.

Stand out with a statement piece
Thanks to their dark background hues, a bold winter floral piece isn’t actually intimidating at all. Bring a touch of summer to your floral with a flowing, printed maxi dress that’ll still keep your pins covered on cold days, or pair a long sleeve printed floral dress with black opaque tights for a flirty, feminine finish. Alternatively, a pair of high-waisted flare pants or a structured cape worn with all black items will truly put the colourful on show, but in a stylish, sophisticated manner.

Get flirty with romantic footwear

When paired with wintry colours up top – think black, navy or burgundy – chic footwear with floral detailing really pops. Pair embroidered floral ballet flats or sneakers with dark wash jeans and a black knit for a casual daytime look, or carry the dark floral trend through to evening with a block coloured frock and suede boots with floral embellishments.

Warm up with a dash of drama

A soft, cosy scarf is the perfect winter accessory. Not only does it keep your neck and chest area warm, but it allows you to play with different patterns while instantly adding a pop of colour to your outfit. Whether you flirt with pastel florals on a black background for a dramatic contrast or opt for navy print with pops of pink, a scarf is the easiest (low-risk) way to incorporate this trend and enhance a neutral or bold coloured outfit with a dash of dramatic floral art.

Accessorise with feminine detailing

Adding floral notes to your winter wardrobe with accessories is the perfect option for those who want to step up their outfit without committing to an all-over statement. Reach for a floral-printed backpack to make carrying your daily essentials a feminine affair, and offset a solid tone outfit with the dark romance of a flower adorned clutch come evening. For even more floral fun, dress up your beloved smartphone with an on-trend cover. It’s the ultimate style-meets-function accessory.



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