Trend Watch – Botanicals

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Although the days are still chilly and the end of Winter is still six weeks away, attention has turned to the trends for Spring. Shorter sleeves are starting to appear on the racks, and I am getting excited about the potential of trying some new trends. Today, we’ll be talking all things Botanical. The other big look for the coming months is Monochrome, which would suit my wardrobe perfectly. So many of my clothes are black and white, so I will definitely be shopping my wardrobe. The whole point of this blog was to re-design my style and step out of my comfort zone, hence the decision to buck the trend (so to speak) and have a look at the up and coming botanicals trend.

Prints will be big for Spring and Summer this year, and the botanical trend fits in perfectly. Pastels hues, bold blooms and floaty florals will adorn the shelves and will make dressing up a lot of fun. This trend definitely lends itself to dressing up, but don’t discount it for a casual day’s shopping or a trip to the beach. You will also be able to play with florals in your accessories – think headbands, bold earrings and cocktail rings.

This first look is a casual one. I fell in love with this denim dress from Forever New. You can find it here. It will definitely be on my shopping list. What I love about this piece is that you will be able to make it work right now with leggings and a cardigan, and then take it into Spring and Summer with different accessories. A light scarf will add some colour, but not make you overheat in the warmer weather. I love the look of denim and tan together, and the simplicity of these pieces let the detail on the dress shine.

Denim DressThe next outfit is another casual one that would suit a day out shopping or a BBQ with friends. Floral jeans have been everywhere since last year, so if you have a pair you will be able to get another season out of them. Paired with white tee and a cropped denim jacket will make this outfit trans-seasonal, working for you as the weather gets warmer. I added a fun necklace from Ashloc Designs – an Australian company that makes gorgeous jewellery made from polymer clay in all colours of the rainbow.

Floral Pants Outfit

I put together this next outfit with work in mind. As a teacher (and a Mum), tailored shorts are a life saver when the weather warms up. I can get down on the floor with the children with no modesty worries. This outfit can be dressed up or down by changing the shorts for black pants, and the flats for wedges (with the shorts) or heels (with the pants). I am more of a purple fan, but if you like coral you could swap the accessories to accentuate the different colours in the blouse. You could also tuck the blouse into a high waisted pencil skirt and define your waist with the belt. It’s definitely an outfit that you can play around with.

Floral Blouse

 

If you are a Glee fan, this lady like outfit will have you channelling Emma Pillsbury faster than you can break out into an 80’s power ballad. This is a perfect outfit if you have a pear or hourglass figure – the full skirt skims the hips and bottom, and is nipped in at the waist. A belt could be added to draw further attention to it, if you wished. One of the things I love most about this outfit is that the skirt is so versatile – the skirt has so many colours that you can mix and match with any number of accessories, and play up on the blue, green, lilac or cream elements. The bracelet ties in all the colours, but you could substitute this bracelet for some simple coloured bangles to change it up. A long necklace, or silk scarf tied at the neck would add to the lady like look.

Floral Skirt

This is one trend I will definitely be taking part in this season. I can’t wait to play around with different outfits, and find a gorgeous floral dress for summer.

Will you try the Botanical trend this Spring/Summer? Which outfit is your favourite?

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4 thoughts on “Trend Watch – Botanicals

  1. Love what you’ve chosen so far Sarah! I have to admit I used to shun anything printed but having been “thrown” into the fashion blogging limelight, I’ve been embracing anything printed – one thing at a time and botanicals are definitely up my alley! love that denim dress btw!

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