From Summer into Fall - The Perfect Transition Trend

There were some interesting trends shown on the runways for fall 2017. Many we’ve seen before (everything old is new again, right?), but there’s one that I don’t recall seeing for Fall/Winter any time recently.

Fall Florals

Yep, the stuff of summer garden parties and weddings, tea with the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, and the more flirtatious, more carefree prints we associate with the warmer months.

Except this year, florals are being shown for fall. Which I think might make them much harder to embrace, unless you are also a fan of another fall 2017 trend – peasant and folk inspired looks.

Sure, we can all incorporate a floral print blouse under a jacket, but how can you really work this trend into the darker, richer colors of the season without looking like you are wearing something out of your grandmother’s closet?

Well, some of it will depend on your comfort level with standing out, and some of it will depend on your comfort level with retro looks. I feel certain that there were darker colored floral prints in my mother’s 1970’s wardrobe . . .

I’ve searched around to find floral items that I think could stand the office test, although I’m feeling that this particular trend may be better suited to weekend wear.

Transitional Florals

OK for most offices and nice transitional colors for summer into fall, and fall into winter. L: Ann Taylor floral popover, R: Boden 'Lottie' dress

OK for most offices and nice transitional colors for summer into fall, and fall into winter. L: Ann Taylor floral popover, R: Boden 'Lottie' dress

Office Appropriate Florals

L: This one might even be suitable for evening, and it's a jersey knit to boot! Laylie Chelsea pencil skirt from Ted Baker at Nordstrom. C: With a suitably subdued top and jacket, these silk trousers could cut it in some offices. Although they are a little pricey at $965. (Etro at Nordstrom). R: A beautiful fall floral skirt, that could easily be dressed up or down. Anthropologie Nico skirt.

L: This one might even be suitable for evening, and it's a jersey knit to boot! Laylie Chelsea pencil skirt from Ted Baker at Nordstrom. C: With a suitably subdued top and jacket, these silk trousers could cut it in some offices. Although they are a little pricey at $965. (Etro at Nordstrom). R: A beautiful fall floral skirt, that could easily be dressed up or down. Anthropologie Nico skirt.

Florals can be dramatic if you are avoiding the grandmotherly look. And that lends itself well to evening. I feel that this amazing velvet blazer could be worn during the day, by someone braver than me!

Silk blend dress, Derek Lam Crosby 10 at Nordstrom. Floral velvet blazer at Boden USA. Fall floral palazzo pants, Band of Gypsies at Nordstrom.

Silk blend dress, Derek Lam Crosby 10 at Nordstrom. Floral velvet blazer at Boden USA. Fall floral palazzo pants, Band of Gypsies at Nordstrom.

Anthropologie peasant dress

Anthropologie peasant dress

 

 

And if you are really feeling Bohemian, then this is the dress for you. Definitely hitting two of the season's biggest trends, definitely show stopping, and just crying out for some serious boots. (Not the ones shown here, in case you were wondering.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florals are Perfect Weekend Wear

As I commented earlier, this trend lends itself particularly well to casual clothes. Remember those embroidered jeans you had in the early 2000s? I'm sure you can guess what I'm going to say next! I am still struggling with the 'distressed' nature of denim these days (somehow I don't think it's cool to wear long johns with distressed denim, although perhaps if they were a vibrant color?) and I giggled even more that Topshop, known for super trendy clothes for super trendy people, is selling these jeans as 'Mom boyfriend' jeans. I don't have to go all that far back to the time when 'Mom' jeans were reviled, but suffice it to say, this body is loving the return to high-waisted jeans.

All at Nordstrom. L: Madewell high waist embroidered jeans. C: Topshop Fire Flower Ripped Mom Jeans. R: Melissa McCarthy Seven7 embroidered jeans in plus sizes.

All at Nordstrom. L: Madewell high waist embroidered jeans. C: Topshop Fire Flower Ripped Mom Jeans. R: Melissa McCarthy Seven7 embroidered jeans in plus sizes.

Embellished denim jackets were introduced in the spring, but of course for fall they feature floral embroidery and beading. And look at how cute these sneakers are! What a great way to incorporate this trend just a little bit if full-on-floral is too much for you.

All at Nordstrom. Sneaker from Topshop. Top L: Madewell embroidered shirt. Top R: Billy T embroidered utility jacket. Bottom L: Blank NYC embroidered jacket. Bottom R: Blank NYC embroidered jacket.

All at Nordstrom. Sneaker from Topshop. Top L: Madewell embroidered shirt. Top R: Billy T embroidered utility jacket. Bottom L: Blank NYC embroidered jacket. Bottom R: Blank NYC embroidered jacket.

And let's not forget the origin of all the grandmotherly floral prints - Liberty of London. For more than a century these floral prints have been 'the chosen resort of the artistic shopper' according to Oscar Wilde. Certainly they have laid the foundation for what we consider suitable prints for wallpapers and other home decor, and women's personal goods and accessories.

Do let me know how you incorporate florals into your fall wardrobe. I'd love to see what you find!