Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s Friday Frock is from a shop that I don’t think I have featured before on Florence Finds, but for one reason or another I was browsing online recently and spied this bright and breezy summer dress.

When the weather is as bad as it has been recently there’s only two options when it comes to fashion. You can snuggle down in extra layers and sink into a depression about the falling temperatures, or dream of summer days, picnics, seaside trips and country walks. This dress belongs to my preferred option, the latter.

Jersey print and spot dress – Wallis £40 (now in the sale at £32)

I’m imagining it with wedges, a cross body bag and a bicycle, with an ice cream balanced in one hand and a vintage camera in the bike basket… Oh summer, where are you?


What to Wear… The Printed Shirt

This afternoon’s What to Wear is a bright and cheery one. After last weeks sunny summery weather I got a bit carried away in Zara (inspired by my own post on their spring drop) and bought a few summery pieces, including this blouse. Come Saturday and the weather was cooler and cloudy again, leaving me wondering how I was going to work these items into my weekend wardrobe!

Blouse – Zara £29.99, Trousers – H&M, £14.99

I fell in love with this blouse and the print on it (- in fact I was also brave enough to buy the micro shorts in the same print for my upcoming holidays, but not brave enough to wear them yet!) I often like the idea of floral prints and not the colour combinations, but I loved the mixed pastels and brights in this one, it just seemed to work.

Pairing it with something else in my wardrobe however was another matter until my pink trousers (also here,) came to the rescue again, working perfectly due to a subtle splash of pink in the print. I left the shirt out for a more relaxed feel and of course, needed my jacket for the cooler weather.

Lipstick on, and my dose of spring was complete, despite the weather!


The Fash Flash: It’s a Prints Parade

Every single season, whilst devouring the fashion pages of the magazines and picking out the trends that I want to wear, I stumble across things that I initially think I won’t ever try. Sometimes that remains true but more often than not I end up falling for the trend. Today’s Fash Flash is quite out-there, high fashion if you will and although I didn’t need my arm twisting because I fell for it at first sight, I think a few of you may need more persuading. The printed trouser.

Seen in wide legs (for the tall people,) of-the-moment pyjama pants (a step too far even for me I think,) and my favourite incarnation, the slim straight leg cigarette style capri pant, these trousers were printing the pins of everyone at the various fashion weeks around the globe, from fash-types on the street, to celebs and editors. Just in case you’re feeling dubious, I rounded up a few examples of how you can work the look in a totally wearable fashion…

Clockwise from top right:

So, here’s the Florence Finds round up of where you can pick up a fashion forward puchase at high street prices.

Clockwise from top left:

  • Set to be a cult print this season – The Wisteria Print Trousers – Whistles
  • For a softer take on the trend – Grey Floral print trousers – Zara
  • Super chic monochrome, work them with brights… Black and white animal print trousers – Mango
  • Channel the fifties desperate housewife – Floral Print Trousers – Warehouse
  • For riviera chic and a more subtle nod to prints – Ditsy floral print trousers – Oasis
  • And Florence’s favourite? It’s going to be a short lived trend when it’s this powerful and this omnipresent, so pick up what is not only my favourite of this selection but also the biggest bargain – black and brights oversized floral print – H&M (12.99!)
Time to share your thoughts on the trend – can the street style images convince you this is a trend worth taking notice of? Or is it too much for even Florence’s fashionistas to take on?
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