Big Bold Floral Prints for Spring & Summer
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Every spring there are a couple of predictable fashion trends, like nautical stripes, simple pastels, and sweet floral fabrics. But, this year some of the florals are so large they must have been beamed down from another planet... I’m talking dizzying daisies, gigantic geraniums, badass begonias, oversized orange blossoms, colossal carnations, titanic tulips, ponderous poppies, humungous hibiscus, radical ranunculus, monstrous mums, immense irises, and irradiated roses. We’re talking Alice in Wonderland big.
Well, not all of them, but some of them.
Can You Wear Big Prints if You’re Over 40 or 50 or 60?
These prints are fun to look at, but can you wear them… without looking like you’ve lost your way to the loony bin? I say, “Yes,” but… pardon the wretchedly bad pun… giant florals are not for wallflowers.
If you are over 40 or whatever, but you still consider yourself slightly fashion forward, kind of artsy, basically boho, or a little bit more creative… dare I say “zany”… than the average suburbanoid, then OF COURSE you can wear those big blooms on your body.
Flowers are a creative gift from the Gods of Nature. You should view flowers as more than simply mundane subjects for weekly watercolor classes and boring garden clubs. And, if anyone shoots any remarks your way about your bold body blossoms, just tell them you used too much fertilizer. And, imply that they’re full of it, too.
Fashion Should Be Fun
What the hellokitty is wrong with having a little fun with fashion? They’ve taken away all the other good stuff: booze, sex, drugs, rock n roll, cigarettes, fast cars with no mufflers, Harleys, our driver’s licenses… Hey, we can’t even complain about how the older generation doesn’t understand us anymore because they’re all dead. (I’m joking about the driver’s license part. I still have MINE… for now. Also, I don’t want my kids going on any motorcycles… I just put that part in because it sounded all badass.)
And, that’s why I say that those big florals are not just for skinny, whiney, junior-department teens with acne.
Big Florals Are Cute
I think big florals are cute, but I’m going to be careful with them in the beginning... so I don’t end up with some rude nickname like Petunia Pig.
On the other hand, I’m already into the trend in my own way. I almost always wear a huge silk flower on my fedora whenever I leave the house. How else would my husband recognize me if we were separated in the mall?
Be Careful With Floral Placement
One thing I’ve noticed with big prints in the past is that you need to make sure all the “focal points” are hitting your body in the right places. Placement is everything.
You don’t want to draw people’s attention to the wrong parts of your anatomy… like your fat tummy or your heavy hips or your rabid rear. Conversely, you can use those focal points (like giant roses and humongous daisies) to draw people’s attention AWAY from your least favorite areas.
How do you do that? Well, it’s more art than science.
Unless you are sewing your own clothes, all you can do is to try on different floral tops, dresses, jackets, and leggings… and then take a good look in a three-way mirror. Better yet, have someone take a picture with their cell phone and show it to you.
The photo won’t lie. You may still feel like you’re 16, but the camera knows better. (article continues)
Keep reading about giant floral graphic trend on page two.
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