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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  • 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

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

  • 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!


  • 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…

  • 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.

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

  • 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

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

  • 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.

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

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

    • Who knew, right Morgan?!

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

    • You’re right on point Sheaffer! 🙂

  • 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!


    • I can’t believe I had the photo too!

  • 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

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

    • Share the pic, Casey! 😉

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

    • I totally rocked the BIG hair! 😉

  • 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.

    • 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!

    • 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

    • 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!

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

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


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

  • You rock florals like no other!


    • 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?!

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

  • 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

    • You are too kind Chelsea!

  • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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.

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

  • Jan

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


    • Go for it Jan. Enjoy shopping!

  • 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.

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

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

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

    xo julesinflats

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

    • The floral shorts are great!