4 ways to give floral prints an edge

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If you like your fashion without too many frills, you might have ruled out florals. Time to think again… 

Love the idea of florals, but don’t love looking like a six-year-old girl in her Sunday best?

Thankfully, there’s a happy medium. Equipped with the right tools, it’s possible to rock floral prints and maintain an air of cool.

Here are four ways to give your florals an edge. 

1. Go for detail over depth

Florals don’t have to mean going the whole hog and morphing into your grandma’s couch.

Instead of covering yourself head-to-toe in florals, go for a boyish silhouette with a slouchy utility boilersuit in a neutral hue.

To inject some floral into your look, add a headband in deep berry colours and a pair of subtle earrings before tying it all together with some killer ankle boots.

2. Get chunky

The easiest way to rough up your florals is to team them with a heavy pair of boots.

This pair from Free People combine your dad’s hiking boot with the heeled, chunky style everyone needs in their shoe arsenal.

Wear them with a traditional floral midi dress for a look that’s both flower-friendly and androgynous.

3. Take it back to black

One sure-fire way to shake off twee floral associations is to pair it with an all black ensemble.

Choose a simple cowl neck body along with some flared jeans and a black boot.

Now that you’ve established your monochrome base, make it fancy by adding a sequinned duster jacket with a floral trim.

4. Take a hike

Floral prints are usually associated with primness and the ultimate in ‘girly’ dressing. 

To rough it up take a flower print dress with a touch of sheer fabric and team it with a black pair of hiking boots.

Some hair slides and chunky rings will help to break up the look and balance girly with gritty.

Whether you’re into ‘70s flares or smaller details, start building your wardrobe with Free People