“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!



How to wear the mod 60s trend for fall

If you’ve checked out any fashion magazines lately, you’ll see that designers are reinventing the 1960s mod look for fall.

This type of trend is tricky for the mature woman. Generally, we need to be careful with retro looks that we might have worn the first time. If you go-go in a geometric trapeze dress in the 60s, you really need to be careful with how you wear this trend now.

The saying goes, “it’s only vintage if you didn’t wear it when it was new,”

So, as you shop you may see trapeze dresses, bold geometric prints, go-go style boots and more. Here’s how to keep step with this fall trend and wear it with style and confidence.

  • Look for accessories that interpret the trend with an updated look. A handbag, scarf or statement jewelry are great for this. Since it’s a trend, keep your investments modest. After all, it will be short lived.

mod Valentino bag

  • Look for the classic 60s prints in a new silhouette. I like the bold geometrics in a pencil skirt, for example.
  • Take care if you want to try the 60s cats-eye eyeliner. Not many mature women can pull this off. If you want to go retro with cosmetics, try a candy-pink lipstick and play down your eyes.
  • Chunky heeled shoes and booties are all the rage this fall. Again, mature women should take care in attempting to wear this look. Chunky heels are a whisper away from an orthopedic look – not something the stylish mature woman wants to wear!

For inspiration check out Saks Fifth Avenue‘s curated trend collection.

As with all trends, choose carefully. My advice is always for you to invest in the classics, and spend sparingly on trends. Ask yourself, will I be able to wear this again next year? If the answer is no, walk away.