As I wandered around Chelsea Flower Show last week, trying to justify spending an obscene amount of money on a single glass of Pimms, I found myself becoming increasingly captivated by the colours and vibrancy of the flowers. And whilst everyone else around me was planning their garden makeovers, I was concentrating firmly on my wardrobe. What if you blended bold orange with hints of lavender? As the Monaco garden did so brilliantly. Yes, the Chelsea Flower Show is a hotbed of style inspiration, from the angular shapes of the Bird of Paradise, to the softness and delicacy of the peony. Here are my favourite dresses to wear in the most stylish of gardens:
Be inspired by tropical flowers, in this summer’s hottes shade; zingy orange. Touches of bold green might sound scary but actually look amazing. Pair these dresses with lightly tanned bare legs and a pair of flat sandals for an exotic summer look.
This breathtaking tree at Chelsea, was definitely one of the highlights for me, the fantasy element of the flowers interwoven with the branches of the tree really was quite magical. This is a perfect starting point for a gorgeous summer dress, opt for fantastical shades, and vibrant prints, these two dresses would be perfect for a summer wedding or garden party.
Wild flowers were in abundance at Chelsea, and this got me thinking… the Stepford Wives had the best style… those ’50s prom dresses with fabulous floral prints. When I found these gorgeous dresses from Oasis, I nearly fell over with excitement. This shape flatters everyone, and looks amazing paired with peep toe heels and a pair of cat-eye sunnies.
For those of you who like your garden and style a little more traditional, these stunning floral shift dresses are a must. They are perfect for wearing to work or for play, and can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels and tailored jacket, or dressed down with sandals and raffia bag.
A key trend for gardens and catwalks alike was the Orient. In the gardening world this was all about pagodas, water features and dramatic planting, for fashion Oriental means statement prints, rich shades and feminine shapes. If you want a floral dress that isn’t too cutesy or overly girly, then these two are for you.