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Elegant Plus Fashion Trends Report
Spring Florals
April 10, 2015


[Editor's Fashion Picks and Shopping Links Below]

Floral prints for spring are about as predictable as the actual flowers we look forward to blooming every year.  Yet, the colors and styles do vary from year to year, with certain trends emerging.  With the warming of temperatures fabrics also change with lace and chiffon leading the way.  The luxury of fine silks can show up in both formal and bohemian styles.  Meanwhile cottons also play an important part of day looks with floral patterns used in structured dresses as often as knit tees.

This year we are still seeing a hang over from the graphic black and white prints that suck the color out of floral patterns.  More innovative twists are mixing black and white graphic designs over colored florals for a dynamic that can create some surprising body sculpting twists.  Taking the idea a little further are the monochromatic looks in other colors with texture working the flower design.  Floral laces are particularly popular this year in both delicate French styles and heavier crochet looks.  Pale pastels such as icy pink, white, and citrus brights such as citron and orange are all used in this way for everything from airy tunics to dresses and skirts.

Watercolor and painterly style prints are more abstract with broad strokes of color creating more the impression of blooms across the cloth.  Palettes can be cool tones of blues and greens interspersed with cooler pinks and purples, or warmer mixes of coral, mustard yellow, and lime green.  These prints can be both placed and all over in designs for everything from casual sun dresses and special occasion dresses to contemporary tops.

 In contrast tiny, densely packed ditsy prints, with either a dark or light ground, are being used for whimsical tops, often with a softer more romantic style such as peasant blouses or shaped peplum tops.  This style is also drawing on classic large cabbage rose prints this year, often in filmy chiffons used for tops, skirts, and dresses.

Meanwhile, the folkloric style trend is being felt most through embroidered floral embellishments which can draw style influences from Native American, Mexican, South American, Indian, and traditional European folk traditions. These looks are especially on trend with the Summer Festival crowd this year, but are also popular with those who favor BoHo styles.  Sprays and chains of embroidered floral motifs can decorate borders of blouses, shoulders and yokes of dresses, and pant legs giving an unusual conversation starter look to outfits.

Botanic prints this year are showing up not just on more traditional types of clothes such as tops or dresses, but also items such as shorts and crops, palazzo pants and soft pant styles, and jumpsuits.  Those that are bold enough to mix their own prints will have plenty of opportunities with top and bottom separates, in addition to accessories such as shoes and bags.


Elegant Plus Editor's Picks:  Plus-Size Spring Floral Fashion, Size 12 +

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Let's Shop! Macy's

Curvy Illusion Sheath Dress

Sculpt those curves into the perfect hourglass silhouette with this  floral sheath with overlaid printed illusion graphics.  Stretch to the fabric makes this an easy to wear piece.  Dress up for a special occasion, add a jacket for work, or pop on skimmers for a more casual look.

Size: 14 - 24W

Retail: $89.00

Available from: MACY'S

$99 +

Curvy Illusion Floral Sheath Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Spring Floral Trend Report 2015

Let's Shop! QVC

BoHo Floral Denim Jacket

A hand drawn bohemian print creates a special flavor to this denim jacket.  Tailored seaming gives added structure and keeps the look streamlined. Wear over slim pants, jeans, or flowing maxis.

Designer: Liz Claiborne

Size: 2 - 28W

Colors: Vanilla Multi, Blue Multi

Retail: $51.84

Available from: QVC

Hand Drawn Bohemian Floral Denim Jacket, Size 2 -28W | ElegantPlus.com Fashion Trend Report
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Midnight Velvet

Floral Crochet Lace Sweater

Delicate flowers edge the hem and cuffs of this gorgeous crochet lace tunic sweater.  Graceful bell sleeves balance heavier upper arms. Fashion forward sunny yellow combines with clean white and stylish black pants and skirts with ease.  Or choose a mixed print maxi skirt for a stylish bohemian vacation look.

Size: S - 3X

Retail: $69.95

Available from: MIDNIGHT VELVET

Floral Crochet Lace Tunic Sweater, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Fashion Trend Report

Let's Shop! Igigi

Black & White Print Halter Dress

A graphic black and white print make these daisies pop in a fit and flare halter style dress that works well for spring occasions.  Stretch cotton with tailored princess seams makes the most of shapely curves with a slightly vintage '50's style.

Size: 12 - 30W

Retail: $138.00

Available from: IGIGI

$175 +

Black & White Daisy Print Cotton Halter Dress, Size 12 - 30W | ElegantPlus.com Fashion Trend Report

Let's Shop! North Style

Ditsy Print Cotton Knit Top

A soft knit cotton caresses your curves in this ultra comfortable ditsy floral top.  Figure flattering cross-over, surplice bodice nips in at the just the right place for a fit and flare silhouette.  Pairs with jeans and skirts with equal ease.  Wear alone or layered under a cardigan or jacket.

Size: S - 3X

Retail: $44.95

Available from: NORTH STYLE

Cotton Knit Ditsy Floral Print Top, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Fashion Trends

Let's Shop! Nordstrom

Rose Print Chiffon Skirt

This sweet, traditional cabbage rose print is a beautiful choice for feminine airiness of chiffon.  A ruffled, asymmetric hem and drop yoke styling makes this skirt both extra flattering and out-of-the ordinary.  Pair with a structured jacket for a contemporary office look, or mix with a pretty top and strappy heels for fabulous spring wedding guest style.

Designer: Ralph Lauren

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail: $120.00

Available from: NORDSTROM


Ralph Lauren, Rose Print Chiffon Skirt, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Fashion Trend Report

Let's Shop! Johnny Was @ Neiman Marcus

Bias Cut Silk Mixed Print Maxi Dress

Let the luxury of whisper weight silk skim your curves in this gorgeous mixed print maxi dress.   Cut on the bias to swirl with your every move, you'll love this BoHo stunner.

Designer: Johnny Was

Size: 1X - 3X

Retail: $270.00

Available from: NEIMAN MARCUS


Johnny Was, Floral Mixed Print Bias Cut Silk Maxi Dress, Plus-Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Trend Report

Let's Shop! Lane Bryant

Abstract Floral Watercolor Tee

Designer finish and details make this top an extra special, must-have for your Spring wardrobe. Painterly abstract watercolor print is placed on silky knit.  High neck and cap sleeves are complimented by the contemporary high low hem.  A zip back adds polish.

Designer: Lela Rose

Size: 12 - 28W

Retail: $88.00

Available from: LANE BRYANT


Designer: Lela Rose, Abstract Floral Watercolor Print Top, Size 12 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Trend Report

Let's Shop! Eloquii

Eyelet Lace Midi Skirt

Feminine, flirty and the epitome of spring, this classic lace midi skirt hits all the right notes.  Fully lined with an invisible zipper, the look is clean and chic.  You'll want one in each color.

Size: 14 - 24W

Colors: White, Pale Pink

Retail:  $134.90

Available from: ELOQUII

$125 +

Eyelet Lace Midi Skirt, Plus-Size 14 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Fashion Trend Report
More Colors Available

Let's Shop! Lord & Taylor

Cotton Watercolor Floral Print Dress

Impressionistic colors create a soft pattern for a sophisticated cotton day dress.  The belted fit and flare style that falls just to the knee is an excellent choice for garden weddings and other spring occasions.

Designer: Calvin Klein

Size: 14 - 22W

Retail: $138.00

Available from: LORD & TAYLOR

$99 +

Calvin Klein, Cotton Watercolor Floral Print Day Dress, Plus-Size 14 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Trend Report

Let's Shop! ModCloth

Cabbage Rose Print Tee

A vintage rose pattern against a vanilla and peach ground makes this classic tee an ideal layering piece with kicked back chambray and denim looks.

Size: S - 4X

Retail: $24.99

Available from: MODCLOTH

$50 +

Cabbage Rose Print Tee, Size S - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Trend Report

Let's Shop! Serengeti

Graphic Print Crinkle Skirt

A black and white print gives a graphic punch to a classic crinkle skirt.  Add a plain white tee and and sandals for chic spring vacation and cruise style.

Size: S - 3X, Petite to XL (18)

Retail: $49.95

Available from: SERENGETI

Black & White Graphic Floral Print Crinkle Skirt, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Trend Report

Let's Shop! Draper's & Damon's

Watercolor Floral Shirt
(Matching Tank Sold Separately)

Broad brushstrokes and a painterly style bring this watercolor print shirt to life. A cool palette of crystalline pinks, shimmering blues, and translucent greens against a white ground is perfect for spring wear.  Pair with crisp, optical white pants or skirts, or toss on over your favorite blue jeans.

Size: S - 3X, Petite to XL

Retail:  $75.95

Available from:  DRAPER'S & DAMON'S

Watercolor Print Shirt, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Spring 2015 Trend Report

Let's Shop! eShakti

Embroidered Shift Dress

Cotton sateen with a hint of stretch gives just the right amount of structure to this darling shift dress.  Ruffles at the hem and sleeves add feminine appeal, along with delicate folk inspired embroidery cascading across the bodice and sleeve.  Wear with legging and flats for cute on-the-go style, or combine with a pair of tall leather boots for a BoHo vibe.

Size: 0 - 36W, Custom Lengths

Retail: $99.95

Available from: eShakti

Folkloric Embroidered Cotton Voile Maxi Dress, Size 0 - 36W | ElegantPlus.com Fashion Trend Report

Let's Shop! Lands' End

Botanic Print Bermuda Shorts

A soft stretch cotton twill is the perfect canvas for a digital botanic print.  Flattering mid rise and longer length bermuda shorts make for a slightly dressier look that can still kick back.  Pack for spring vacations and wear into summer.

Size: 2 - 26W, Petite & Tall to 18

Retail: $65.00

Available from:  LANDS' END

$50 +

Botanic Print Bermuda Shorts, Size 2 -26W | ElegantPlus.com Trend Report

Let's Shop! Jones New York

Ditsy Floral Print Peasant Blouse

A classic ditsy floral print gives this romantic peasant blouse casual appeal.   Combine with jeans, gaucho pants, or flowing skirts and sun hats for a variety of looks.  Three quarter length sleeves, banded waist, and high gathered neckline makes this top a breeze to wear.

Size: XL - 3X

Retail: $74.00

Available from: JONES NEW YORK

$125 +

Ditsy Floral Peasant Top, Size XL - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Trends Report

Let's Shop! Monroe & Main

Argentine Folk Embroidered Floral Jeans

Classic boot cut style jeans in a medium wash stretch denim for spring are embroidered with a traditional Argentinian floral and scroll design that gives a little bohemian panache to your wardrobe.

Size: 6 - 24W

Retail: $89.95

Available from: MONROE & MAIN

Argentine Folk Floral Embroidered Jeans, Size 6 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Trend Report



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