April 22, 2015 - Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style

Four Ways to Wear Floral (Without Looking Like Your Grandma)


Love them or hate them, floral prints are back for another go this spring.  But what is it about posy prints that makes them so polarizing?  Turns out they can create the wrong kind of nostalgia, hearkening back to the time when our grandmas wore floral frocks.

Honestly it’s a trend I’ve had to warm up to myself.  After all, I lived through the revival of this trend in the early 90’s – complete with puffy sleeves and BIG hair.

Alison 1991

[Circa 1991]

This go-round I’ve learned that small doses (and regular sized sleeves) are definitely the way to go.  Here are my favorite ways to pull off the floral trend.

1.  Floral Blouse

Floral Blouse Striped Cardigan

Get the Look

[Floral Blouse – Comes in cream or black]

2.  Floral Scarf

gray sweater vest, striped shirt, scarf

Get the Look

[Vintage Floral Scarf]

3.  Floral Shorts or Skirt

Fedora Floral Shorts

Get the Look

[Floral Shorts]

[Floral Skirt]

4.  Floral Footwear

[Floral Heels]

[Floral Flats]

[Floral Espadrille Wedge]

It’s Your Turn:  What’s your favorite way to wear floral prints?  Tell us in the comments.


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  • http://www.funkyjungle.it Alex

    Am I allowed to say that the dress in the first picture is quite hideous? 😉 I like floral prints, but definitely prefer them to be larger, like in the pants from the post I linked up, or the shorts you are wearing or the way they are done on your floral blouse. Not a fan of the ditsy dainty gramma flower print.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      I’m so glad it’s not in style anymore. 😉

  • http://www.dressed2dnines.com Dressed2dNines

    The floral shorts look is my favorite! You’ve really created some fantastic looks with just the right amount of floral pattern. No grandma look here!


    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Thank you!!

  • http://www.elegance-revisited.com Tiina L

    I like your examples of florals here. I could imagine maybe wearing a floral scarf. Maybe… Love the picture with the big hair. That brings back memories… Although, as I have curly hair, I sometimes see my messy hair after just waking up and think that the 80s must be back…

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      LOVE it Tiina!

  • http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com Marta C

    So many pretty floral options and just love how you styled yours especially the blouse with the striped cardi!! Thanks for the inspiration, florals are one of my fave patterns especially in the spring/summer.

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      I can’t wait to see some floral patterns on your blog Marta!

  • http://www.charminglucy.com Susan

    That dress in the first photo is so funny Alison!! But you still looked pretty(: And you totally make up for it in the more current photos. I love the florals with stripes! Susan

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Isn’t it Susan? I can’t believe I wore that!

  • http://www.apocketfulofpolkadots.com/ Jennie

    Glad to know I am not the only one having a difficult time with florals and feeling they are my grandmother’s print! You gave some great examples of how to incorporate them in a more modern way, Alison.

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Thanks Jennie. I’ve seen florals at every store and sometimes I get flashbacks. 😉

  • http://www.morganizewithme.com Morgan

    I love the idea of adding floral shoes, what a great way to add a little flower power…

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Who knew, right Morgan?!

  • http://pinteresttoldmeto.blogspot.com Sheaffer

    I’m a BIG fan of floral! I have a scarf, a cardigan, a pair of jeans, and a couple of shirts!

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      You’re right on point Sheaffer! :)

  • http://www.audreysalutes.com Audrey

    Love all the floral options here, Alison! However, I can’t stop thinking about that dress from 1991! It’s fantastic:) Have a great day!


    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      I can’t believe I had the photo too!

  • http://www.myrosecoloredshades.com Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades

    I used to be hesitant about florals as well but have learned that if paired right, it can look modern and feminine. I love you you incorporated florals here. Love those floral heels! ~Cynthia

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Thanks Cynthia.

  • http://www.alittlebitofcheer.com Casey

    Beautiful Alison!! Dying at you in the dress… I have almost the same pic!!! Lol!! Those floral heels and wedges..ahhhhhh!! Love!! XOXO Casey

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Share the pic, Casey! 😉

  • http://www.weshopinheels.com Tatiana

    You look amazing in all three ways of wearing florals! That 1991 pictures is amazing!!! Love the dress and hair!
    We Shop in Heels

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      I totally rocked the BIG hair! 😉

  • http://www.happinessatmidlife.com Happiness at Mid Life

    I love that picture of you!!! We all had our big hair moment, I don’t think I can get my hair that big anymore. Loving all the floral options you’ve put together.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      BIG hair don’t care, right Alice? 😉

  • Saxon

    It IS hard to not look like “Grandma”, especially when you ARE one! LOL I’ve discovered small doses are the way to go. I have cute floral scarves and tops. I think I hear those darling Payless ballet flats calling my name!

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Small doses are always a good thing.

  • Courtney Taylor

    Hahaha!! I have a similar floral dress pic from the 90s but I wrapped my hair into the tightest bun I could, but my BIG bangs more than made up for it!! I’m a huge fan of floral! Just added some delicious floral heels to my closet!! Courtney

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      I love the BIG bangs. The bigger the better back then! 😉

  • Nikki

    I LOVE the 90’s picture! Those were the days! You look wonderful as always!

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      It was definitely fun! Maybe we should bring it back? 😉

  • http://www.suzannecarillo.com Suzanne

    I really love that first photo of you with the black and white stripes and bold coloured floral. So pretty!


    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      I would have to say that’s one of my favorite ways, Suzanne.

  • http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com Red Tag Chic Los Angeles

    You rock florals like no other!


    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Thank you Rebecca. Do you add a little floral in your wardrobe too? :)

  • Lisa

    Great looks, thanks. Especially love the first one. Is that cute striped cardigan from this season? Where?!

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Thanks Lisa! That cardigan is last season from Wallis. It’s a great piece!

  • http://www.gingersideoflife.com Chelsea

    I adore the over the ankle floral heels! Such a fun way to add a pop of print without going over board. Also love the photo you posted from the 90s! You wear floral well!

    Ginger Side of Life

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      You are too kind Chelsea!

  • http://amyscreativepursuits.blogspot.com/ Amy Johnson

    I like all the examples of how to wear floral prints you have shown here. I personally don’t like wearing floral dresses, even though I love the way they look on other women, because I think they are too girly for me. But I like floral shirts, scarves, shoes, and skirts.

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Great choices Amy!

  • http://twoteensandtheirmama.blogspot.com/ Lana

    It’s taken me a while to decide on floral prints, but now I love them! Even with your big hair and big dress you looked pretty!

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Awww Lana. You’re too sweet! I’m glad you love the floral prints. They are so fun!

  • Nancy

    Oh, my gosh, Allison, I think I had that same dress!!! What were we thinking? I agree florals should be done in small doses. I love a scarf, a blouse with something over it, or a skirt. Not a fan of floral pants…shorts are okay.

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Twins! A little goes a long way nowadays, Nancy. I agree with you.

  • http://janmloves.blogspot.com Jan

    I commented this on another blog but I’ll say it again, I REALLY NEED more florals in my wardrobe!


    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      Go for it Jan. Enjoy shopping!

  • http://www.theresourcefulmama.com/ Kim

    I could probably dig a similar picture! I’m remembering a dress I wore to a church camp banquet. I had the hair too. I am loving my florals this spring…in tops and scarves…no big sleeved dresses. Thanks for the inspiration and link up.

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      I’m a little pleased to not be the only one who rocked the dress and big hair!

  • http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog robincharmagne

    Love that picture! Good idea to incorporate floral with accessories like the shoes or the scarf!

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison


  • http://www.julesinflats.com Julia

    I feel like I need more floral in my life! Loving all of the options you shared, thank you!

    xo julesinflats

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      LOVE it!

  • http://thekimchronicles.com chanelle

    Funny you mention grandma style. I think I would actually grab a few items from my gma’s closet now! Love those floral shorts!

    • http://www.getyourprettyon.com Alison

      The floral shorts are great!