If I could sum up my style in a word it would be “whimsical” — and I’m pretty sure anyone who knows me would say the same. For as long as I can remember, I’ve gravitated toward shiny, shimmering, splendid colors and prints and, at the “established” age of 33, I have yet to grow out of this penchant for sartorial drama. So, amid the plethora of patterns dominating this season (here’s looking at you, leopard), it’s no wonder that light and bright fall floral prints are the look du jour for this girl.
Actually, I’m an avid advocate for foliage in my wardrobe year-round, but there’s something about the juxtaposition of a whimsy or vintage floral look against Fall's chunky structured boots or sleek sneakers that really makes my heart soar. Living in Los Angeles, where definitive seasons just aren't a thing, I’ve been conditioned to fudge my warm-weather wares for cold-weather use. No matter the temperature, I’m a flower child and proud of it.
Luckily, this season, the odds are stacked in my favor in that florals of all shapes, sizes, and colors are being widely embraced, so my cup runneth over with options for the cooler months ahead (not cold, cool — I’m very aware of my surroundings). My strategy this season has been to lean on a dominant floral piece — whether that be a dress, robe, skirt, or pant — and complement it with quintessential fall staples like comfy wide-legged denim, funky-yet-durable cowboy boots, a structured bucket bag, and/or a roomy denim jacket.
In an effort to get as many allies on the floral train with me, I’m outlining my go-to picks for fall. Sorry, animal print.
I never met a multi-tasking piece of clothing I didn’t like, so this vibrant wrap dress is clearly a dream. I love pairing this frock with wide-legged jeans or wearing it solo with a pair of heels for a one-and-done look.
While Realisation Par’s leopard-print Naomi was the skirt that launched a thousand Instagram posts this year, I’m quite partial to this sweet daisy print that’s a total nod to the ‘90s (my favorite era).
The rich rose print on this Alexis number delivers an unexpected color palette for the fall and winter months that feels so very fresh. I love the idea of dressing it down with a chunky combat boot or sneaker and an oversized trucker jacket.
The cold-weather months are definitely an opportune time to play up the drama a bit with your look, and this extravagant caftan does the job. An ivory sandal and full-length faux-fur coat make for an over-the-top holiday ensemble that is oh-so-right.
I love a silk trouser all day every day, and these pants make for the perfect fix. Paired with an oversized chunky knit sweater or white Oxford blouse and blazer, printed slacks make a strong case for comfy workwear.
While the little black dress speaks to just about everyone (and rightly so) the little white dress has always been more my speed. I love the dramatic puffed sleeves and the dainty floral detailing on this prairie dress. To really take the look to the next level, I pair it with another old-fashioned piece: the cowboy boot.
This floral number is the perfect topcoat to any winter ensemble whether it be an LBD or sweater-and-jeans combo. For extra warmth throw a chunky knit scarf around the neckline to really withstand the elements.
Despite its warm-weather appeal, this airy asymmetrical midi can be layered over printed tights (for an extra-eclectic edge) and topped with a warm oversized turtleneck sweater for the fall and winter months.
In addition to snow and icy temps, this season can also bring the rain. But this raincoat is all sunshine — with some practicality, to boot.
I love the rainbow floral sleeves on this sweater, which lend the perfect color-blocked effect, not to mention an upgrade to your run-of-the-mill black sweater.