Pretty Floral Dresses With Attitude

SPRING 2017

A floral tea dress doesn't always have to be precious. In fact, it can be downright bold. Spring is the prime season for sporting some nature-inspired prints that can work across a variety of occasions.

These frocks embrace florals of all types, but won't make you feel like you're going to a garden party ... unless you want to! Here's how to nail the botanical look in an on-trend way that feels right.

1. Keep It Breezy

A light-hearted pattern in look-at-me red is a bolder take than the overly-emotional florals of yore. An A-line shape leaves plenty of room to walk, skip, jump or even ride a bike (maybe add a pair of discrete, itty bitty shorts to help out with that one). Channel all the cool-girl vibes with a straw hat to protect yourself from the sun and hide your second-day hair. Then top it off with a cross-body bag — or better yet, a camera with a cute strap — and you'll be ready for nearly any adventure.

2. Play Up The Proportions

A simple scroll through your Instagram feed will prove that a cinched-in waist here or a few inches of rolled sleeve there can go miles for making your outfit look like an ensemble. It's tempting to let a floral-print dress fly solo, but it can make even more of an impact when you emphasize its shape and proportions. Match the length of your jacket or coat to your hemline, and let the florals peek out at in a few spots for a memorable look. As the finishing touch, add an oversize clutch with enough room to carry the essentials.

3. Make a Lengthy Statement

Maxi dresses have been in heavy rotation in many closets for several seasons now. An eye-catching pattern from collar to hem maximizes the maxi look and creates a silhouette that looks like it's straight off a runway. But this floral silhouette requires neither a flower crown nor a Coachella pass to make a lasting impression. A modest, ankle-grazing length is enough of a statement sans accessories, but the perfect pair of shades never hurt anyone.