Tuesday, March 22, 2011

On Trend with Vintage--Everything's Coming Up Floral

Floral patterns are always a natural choice for springtime, but they're particularly on trend this season.  You can see pages and pages from the magazines dedicated to different dresses and designers who are now featuring floral in their spring/summer collections.  A floral forecast was also included in the recent California Market Center Lookbook, which presents the biggest fashion trends of any upcoming season.  Of course the floral trend is very vintage inspired...the Hitchcock movies alone are a great way to see some of the origins of today's trend.  So weave a little vintage into your wardrobe--whether in a dress or details--to be the most fashion forward and help you stand out from the crowd.

I broke out one of my favorite floral dresses--a bold chartreuse from the 1950s--to wear to watch the performance art poolside at SkyBar last weekend.  Because any floral pattern really dominates an ensemble, I usually ground it with minimal jewelry and a singular color in the accessories.  For the Mondrian event, I chose to pull from the blue in the pattern...accessorizing the dress with sapphire in both my stilettos and 1960s wool coat.  For a Griffith Park shoot (shown below), I chose to accent the dress with basic black in patent leather...a J. Crew belt, peeptoe pumps, and a Hitchcock-like frame bag from the 1960s.  So what's your favorite way to wear floral?

1950s Chartreuse Floral Swing Dress from GlamAmor

Grace Kelly in 1954's Rear Window

1960s Blue Watercolor Wiggle Dress from GlamAmor

Doris Day in 1956's The Man Who Knew Too Much

Eva Marie Saint in 1959's North by Northwest

1950s Red Floral Silk Shift from GlamAmor (above) and

An abundance of floral finds from the California Market Center Lookbook shoot

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