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Spring 2012 Fashion: Floral Finds

A new take on a spring staple

While they’re an age-old trend, expect new things for florals in spring 2012. True, we’ve returned to the classic femininity of the 1950s and before, but loud, bright prints still have a place in the year free of era-definition. Here’s how you can make florals in spring 2012 your own.

1. Dresses
Now that Mad Men has returned after what seemed like forever, the ˜60s fashion infiltration is justified once more. But while earlier seasons (in both television and real life) saw more delicate, refined prints, florals in spring 2012 have seen louder, bold patterns thanks to collections by designers like Christopher Kane. While still upholding the pastel trend of the season, shift dresses and structured pieces are adorned with black-outlined blue, pink and purple floral, combining the best of TV’s fashion influence with florals in spring 2012.

2. Pants
Realism is everything with florals in spring 2012, and while dresses and skirts see full-on prints, pants have seen a photographer’s influence. Cigarette pants by Peter Som and Parbal Gurung boast luscious prints in vibrant tones, while Cynthia Rowley’s floral blazer with loud floral pants are ideal for the office or Sunday brunch. Paired with a white button-up or simple pastel top to help break up the prints, the look’s realistic aspect takes florals in spring 2012 to new levels.

3. Skirts
While dresses and skirts are often grouped into the same category, the latter earned their own place in terms of florals in spring 2012. Designers like Proenza Schouler, Dries Van Noten and Marni paired retro floral skirts with sheer black tops and basic white tanks while also creating sleek silhouettes, which are also on point with this season’s agenda.

4. Combining all three
The 1920s have had a huge impact on the season, so it only makes sense to combine the era with florals in spring 2012. Designers like Ralph Lauren showcased light, dreamy floral prints on delicate silk evening gowns, while Marc Jacobs accentuated his ˜20s looks with metallic floral jackets worn atop beaded dresses. Florals in spring 2012 are about layering and texture, so while a sheer floral print blouse will never go out of style, combining it with a loud floral skirt or beaded floral jacket will take you into spring and summer of this season.

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