Flower Power

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Johanna Payton

flower power trend ss12

I love 2012 already. It feels like the mood, the fashion – and the weather – is all about spring, and we’re barely into January. After last year’s long, miserable and freezing cold winter, it makes a welcome change.

As well as pastels and vivid colour blocking, another trend creeping into the fashion consciousness is floral. Flower power (floral prints with a distinctly hippy edge) has been a spring staple for the past couple of years, but in 2012 it is really set to dominate, with colours, blooms and prints brighter and bolder than ever before.

Versace’s now legendary H&M collection set things off in the autumn, with clashing floral-inspired prints setting the pace for the season ahead. Now there’s a vast range of flower power fashion for girls – and guys – to pick from.

A floral jacket is set to be a wardrobe essential, and if you choose one now you can brighten up a winter wardrobe and stay ahead of the curve. For the perfect crossover jacket, taking you effortlessly from winter to spring, I’d recommend the quilted floral jacket by Miss Selfridge, or the stylish floral print black jacket by River Island – only £39.50 in the sale.

If you’d rather go all-out on a spring style (I wouldn’t blame you) check out the printed swing jacket by Darling at ASOS. With a cute Peter Pan collar, and a feminine frill on the sleeves, it will look particularly gorgeous over pastel jeans or midi-length spring dresses.

A floral dress will totally get you into a spring frame of mine and there are so many beautiful styles to choose from, I hardly know where to begin. The floral colour block shift dress by Oasis can be worn right now this minute with black tights and (if you want to really rock the look) stunning Ravel Navy Suede Black Court Shoe, and pop a chunky cardi and long boots on with Boohoo’s button through shirt dress and it will give you a genuine winter lift.

Topshop’s pussybow floral print dress is perfect all year round – team with Dune’s 70s style tan slouch boots right now, and All Saints Alomar gladiator sandals in spring/summer.

And this trans-seasonal floral fiesta isn’t just for the ladies; guys can get in on the act too with a sensational floral shirt. Kenzo’s “big floral” style perfectly balances a masculine check with a dash of flower power – and it’s a steal in the sale at £85. Or you can be loud and proud in Ted Baker’s “Pashion” floral shirt – and subtly flowery in Linea’s floral print shirt.

Get flowered-up people!

Girly Florals

girly florals

Shop The Look: Topshop chintz floral tunic dress £26, Topshop Tropicana floral playsuit £48, Marc By Marc Jacobs Havana floral dress  £555, Wallis Stone Border Floral Top £33, Warehouse floral print shorts £45.


Flowers For A Lady

flowers for a lady

Shop the look: Dorothy Perkins orange floral maxi dress £29, Wallis purple ditsy floral dress £35, Linea kimono print jacket £65, Toast “Dorri” floral blouse £80.50, New Look floral scarf£7.99.


Blooms For Boys

blooms for boys

Shop The Look: Kenzo Homme carnation print floral shirt £85, Duchamp floral cufflinks £65, Topman off white floral pattern crew £16, Polo Ralph Lauren floral tie £70, Calvin Klein ditsy floral trunk £18.

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