Vogue a Trois: Fleurs de Printemps

Posted on March 11, 2014, 8:00 am
5 mins

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The spring season’s fresh florals are an enchanting way to liven up one’s closet. It’s like adding sunshine to your wardrobe, and when mixed with other bright pieces or patterns of the same tone, a bold floral print has undeniable impact. This year you can find flower power on everything—jackets, shoes, accessories, apparel of all kinds. These pieces are no garden variety chintz. They are edgy, fun and beautiful, which is why I have chosen this gorgeous Firefleur Maxi Skirt for this week’s Vogue A Trois.

This skirt comes in regular and petite, which is good news for smaller ladies. I have been reading a lot about wearing longer skirts, because it can be intimidating for woman who are not that tall. At 5’5”, I’m not really towering over others, but this trend is too fun and this dress is too gorgeous to pass up. If you are vertically challenged, there are few things to remember that will make it easy to wear this trend. First, you may need to size down on the dress, so pay attention to the length as it should hit you just about ankle or slightly lower. Go with a taller shoe and emphasize your waist with a belt or a more fitted top. And remember, trying new things is fun and if you love it on yourself, it’s a win-win. It isn’t a death march…it’s fashion!

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If you like to wear flats, this pair of Tibi Imogen Gladiator Sandals are a gorgeous coral color that is so hot right now. I really like the perforated trend I keep seeing everywhere and this Helmut Lang Leather Perforated Crop Top makes a cool statement. Adding this cropped AllSaints denim jacket over it provides a boho feel. I like minimalist jewelry with this look, so the Lisa Freede Golden Cigar Band Cuff is just the right amount of bling. I would wear a fishtail braid or this Namrata Joshipura Patterned Turban Headband to tame your mane in an eclectic way.

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One can never have enough flowers, especially if you are adding the incredibly artistic Alexander McQueen Floral-Print-De-Manta Clutch to your ensemble. The design of this bag is so fantastic. With all this garden delight happening, softening your accessories will make them stand out better. The wide grey Maison Martin Margiela Leather Belt emphasizes your waist in a really flattering way, especially when you tuck in J.Crew’s Drapey Crepe Kiwi-Colored Tank. Wear grey again on your feet: Barbara Bui’s Suede Open-Toe Boots add edge is a subtle way. I am completely obsessing over Jennifer Fisher’s gold plated choker. This sleek piece was created in collaboration with the blogger Jayne Min of Stop It Right Now and is to be worn open in the front. Love.

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The Tibi Halter Cami in black adds a sleek sophistication to the festive florals of the skirt. Brian Atwood’s Wedge Sandal with a cool ankle strap gives you height and style that would make this the perfect party attire. Mixing high/low on jewelry is also a great way to make your look modern, so I paired the gorgeous and trendy Mima Spike Earrings with this great Zara Chains Bracelet. A small structured bag is perfect with this look, and it doesn’t get any better than Valentino’s Studded Mini Crossbody Bag in yellow. Plus, wouldn’t it be the perfect birthday gift? I happen to have a March birthday…

A skirt full of wildflowers couldn’t be a better way to swish away the winter blues in a fashionable way, and a maxi skirt is the perfect trend to try right now.

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog, www.westfultonstreet.com, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.