Florals Do Autumn: Welcome To The Dark Side

Thought florals were just for summer? Think again. Autumn’s take on the humble blossom works a new, darker mood to compliment the rich hues of the season. Gone are the ditzy prints the sunshine loves so much and in their place are abstract blooms with a sophisticated feel. Ideal for the office, a winter wedding or adding some print into your everyday wardrobe, here are some of our favourite ways to work it…

Dresses: A floral dress is a key versatile piece that every woman needs in their wardrobe. Perfect for weddings, dinner and work, choose the right floral dress and it will do all the hard work for you. The darker prints of AW13 mean that the look is even more universal, looking great with tights and boots as well as bare legs and sandals.


Biba Jacquard Dress Oasis Floral Print Dress Ted Baker Printed Tunic Dress Kaliko Ruched Dress

Biba Jacquard Dress – Oasis Printed Sweat DressTed Baker Printed Tunic Dress - Kaliko Ruched Dress

Tops: If you’re a bit wary of full-on floral, pair a vibrant top with a block colour on your bottom half. The choice this season is endless, but we particularly love a floral shirt teamed with a peg leg trouser and killer heels. This Pied a Terre style is perfect…


Pied a Terre Floral Print Blouse Worn By Printed Tee Uttam Boutique Printed Top Mango Floral Blouse

Pied a Terre Printed BlouseWorn By Printed TeeUttam Boutique Printed TopMango Floral Blouse

Skirts & Trousers: Printed trousers and skirts are amazingly flattering, so if you haven’t given them a try as yet, now is the time. The darker hues result in a grown-up look that is just as appropriate for the boardroom as it is for the bar.

L.K. Bennett Floral Pleated Skirt Awear Floral Peplum Skirt Olivie bejeweled wing legging Yumi Floral Printed Trousers

L.K. Bennett Floral Pleat SkirtAWear Floral Peplum SkirtTed Baker Printed LeggingsYumi Floral Printed Trousers

Accessories: If you’re looking for a subtle way to work florals into your Autumn/Winter wardrobe then seek out blossoms on your accessories. A floral shoe or bag can add an interesting twist to an everyday look and will elevate your favourite jeans and tee to a dancefloor worthy outfit.

Ted Baker Pointed Court Shoe Floral skinny Cashmink® scarf Floral canvas multi-coloured tote bag Falling floral print wool scarf

Ted Baker Pointed Court ShoeLinea Skinny Cashmink Scarf - Ted Baker Floral Canvas Tote - Lola Rose Print Scarf

Kate O'Brien

Hi I'm Kate, in a previous life I was Womenswear Editor but these days you are more likely to find me pouring over a planning calendar than the latest copy of Elle in my role as Online Content Producer. A Northern tourist in London, some of my favourite things in life include red wine, chutney (accompanied by cheese), sequins, grey cashmere and Matt Damon. I am known in the HoF office for owning far too many coats for one person, laughing too loud, and drinking full fat Coke only when hungover. My life's ambition is a simple one; to own a Puggle.

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