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“Florals for spring…

…how ground breaking…”   

                             — Miranda Priestly, Devil Wears Prada.

Well, it’s spring again, and the stores are bursting with floral prints. It seems every spring we are faced with the same offerings.

rula-sibai-pink-flowersThere are ways to give florals a modern update, while still celebrating the warmth of spring. Colours, textures and other prints can each give florals an update.

If your wardrobe is bursting with florals, here are some ideas to consider:

 

 

Floral and stripe  stripe top floral skirt

This combination, right, works because it is anchored by the navy in both the striped top and floral skirt. Also, prints mix well when the scale of one is larger than the other.

floral stripe shirtIn this cute top, left, the floral print is a larger scale than the stripes.

 

 

 

Floral and Polka Dots

floral dot skirt

 

Another fresh combination, left, is a great floral print and classic polka dots (left).

In this print combination, you can see the fabulous effect scale has. Mottled floral pattern in the background, with a large dot print.

 

 

And, if florals are not for you at all, try mixing dots and stripes (below) – very fresh for spring!carolina herrera dots

I hope this gives you some inspiration to liven up your own floral prints for spring!

 

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Retail trends mirror socio-economic status

Hermes logomacy's logo Walmart logoSears logo

Today’s retail headlines should give everyone pause.

Sears. Macy’s. JC Penney. These mid-range retailers are closing hundreds stores across the U.S.

Hermes. Walmart. The high and low extremes of retail are booming.

Anyone else see the retail landscape mirror the disappearing middle class? High end stores are thriving as the one percent continue to support luxury brands. Discounters, such as Walmart, are also thriving as struggling families seek out bargains. Mid-range stores are shrinking, right along with the middle class.

Surely someone smarter than me has put 2 and 2 together. Retail is reflecting back the economic circumstances in which we find ourselves. The disappearing middle class is taking with it the mid-range stores they used to frequent.

This is less evident in Canada, although we are at the mercy of U.S. chains with Canadian operations. Sears is particularly at risk, both in Canada and U.S. This former stalwart of affordable merchandise, raised with a prairie sensibility offering a fair product for a fair price, is struggling against extreme polar opposites: deep discounting or lux labels. There’s no middle ground anymore – for people or for fashion.

It seems shoppers are prepared to pay $39.99 for a faux leather, no-name handbag, or $30,000 for an Hermes Birkin. What does this mean for society? Is it sustainable?

Moreover, middle class, where will you shop in this emerging retail landscape?