"I must have flowers, always, always" - Claude Monet
Fresh flowers are my favourite spoil yourself purchase. Whether it's a cheap and cheerful batch of gerberas for my coffee table or a beautifully wrapped bouquet gift to a friend, for me there's something endearingly simple yet beautifully luxurious about a fresh bunch of flowers.
But flowers in a repetitive pattern on clothing?? That's not a concept I immediately jumped up and down in excitement for when it first manifested as a trend. It seemed that only girls with super feminine style could pull this off - I envisioned baby doll dresses, loosely braided hair, perfect makeup free skin and long rides on vintage bicycles to deliver handmade baked goods. A dismissive stereotype I know (I'm secretly just jealous of people who can ride bikes and bake - as I can do neither) but nevertheless it felt like a foreign concept for me so I declared defeat and avoided it far longer than I should have. As all great multi - seasonal trends do, the flower power movement stuck around and despite my initial reservations, I found myself trying on and actually enjoying its playfulness and versatility.
I often suffer from a lazy habit of wearing neutral black/white/grey with a splash of bright colour in 1 key piece then throwing on the Lagerfeld standard of jewellery and running out door. This floral print look encouraged me to embrace my manic internal dialogue and let it physically manifest into an outfit. I clashed 3 different florals from a similar palette reigned in with a structured silhouette, playing off the overt femininity of the pattern and colours with the slight androgny and control of a power suit. Amped up the attitude with gold reflective aviator sunnies (favourite bargain purchase of the season at only $10) and my cheeky standout blue suede shoes. The slightly excessive amount of jewellery was present as always, and why not? if you're going to go outside in a forget me not outfit like this, you might as well go all the way and bang on the bling too.