22 August 2017

How To Wear Retro Floral Prints

summer outfit flare sleeve dress with retro floral prints

2017 sees the return of retro floral prints and these ones are nothing like the dowdy Nan-patterns you have ingrained in your mind.

Today I give my top tips on how to wear retro floral prints for Summer/ Fall 2017...

floral festival outfit dress with floral embroidered ankle boots and tassel earrings summer australian street style

1. Add Ankle Boots

  Ankle boots are the must-have shoe for 2017! As well as adding to the throw back nature of retro floral prints, the humble ankle boot also adds a juxtaposing element of toughness.

cairns fashion blogger wearing retro floral print dress with flared sleeves and tassel earrings 2. Keep Your Handbag Plain & Classic

A black or nude bag will stop you from looking like you're on your way to a fancy dress party. Tone down a retro floral print with a classic handbag.

summer outfit idea flared sleeve dress with retro floral sleeves and ankle boots

Dress:  Rodeo Show*
Boots: Boohoo
Sunglasses: Sunday Somewhere*

3. Short Dresses= Less Dowdy

 If you're worried about looking like you've joined Macklemore on a thrift shop raid, opt for a shorter retro floral dress. 

Showing off those pins keeps it fresh and young. 

If you opt for a maxi dress with retro florals, break up the print with a plain belt, or tie a denim shirt effortlessly around the waist.

girl wearing floral culotte jumpsuit with tassel bag in field of palm trees

4. Straddle The Line Between Loose and Fitted 

Finding a happy medium between loose and fitted is integral to rocking retro floral prints. A tight piece with large florals may be unflattering. On the other hand, a loose piece may look frumpy. Find the happy medium and go for loose piece with fitted waistbands, or simply add a belt.
girl wearing floral culotte jumpsuit with tassel bag in field of palm trees

5. Use Accessories To Bring Out A Secondary Colour

Take a less occurring colour in the floral print and bring it out in your accessories. This will tone down the print and compliment it at the same time.

summer outfit retro floral jumpsuit and statement fringe clutch

Jumpsuit: Forcast*
Sunglasses: TIJN Eyewear*
Choker: Colette Hayman

Now go rock those retro floral prints!


  1. I am such a fan of floral prints!! Love your style Rach!
    xx Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  2. great florals and i can seem them being big this Fall 2017. thank you for sharing.

  3. Nice post! x

  4. stunning babe! These will be perfect for the fall when adding a coat!!

    XO, Jessi

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  6. The dress looks amazing with those ankle boots. Love your tips! :)

  7. You are such a pro at wearing floral prints! You look gorgeous! Btw, I look photos at that palm tree place in Cairns too but never posted them!


  8. Floral prints are amazing for summer.
    Theses outfits are just amazing !

  9. I have a feeling I am going to be rocking a lot of floral print once this weather finally heats up! Can't wait!
    x Emily

  10. You look stunning! I love the outfit:)

  11. I really love both looks. Perfect styling, girl.

    Kara Aragon

  12. OH these are great ideas and both looks are so chic too!! Love the idea of adding the ankle boots, they are so good for 2017 indeed and creates a great balance. Hope you're having a lovely week babe! Xx

  13. The floral prints on the Rodeo Show dress and the Forcast Jumpsuit are both very pretty.
    I like the colour combinations of both prints, and love your style tips.

  14. I am ALL about retro floral prints right now, your post is such an informative guide! Breathtaking photos, you look absolutely stunning <3

  15. Gorgeous outfits! My fav would be the first dress, I love the colors and the sleeves are just gorgeous.

    Jessica |

  16. Great tips. I love the bag in the second look. Wowza.

  17. Beautiful outfits you look amazing in both especially the dress! Gemma x

  18. These outfits look so flawless on you! I honestly think you can pull anything off. These bold prints look wonderful on you and really love the vibrant prints and colours.

    Laura xo

  19. These are great ideas. I love that the purse is solid and goes so well with the dress.

  20. Look maravilhoso arrasou, obrigado pela visita.

  21. OMG you look amazing, Rachel. Love your dress! Perfect for summer.
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Have a fabulous weekend ahead!
    Much love, Len

  22. You are the queen of floral prints Rachel! All of the looks are so boho chic and you know just how to style them. I like the green jumpsuit and your accessories is just perfect. Great styling tips!

    xo Sheree

  23. Florals have been the spring and summer trend and they aren't going away. I see all the Fall hot trends incorporating florals as well. These are great tips to wear retro florals and make them more modern but also to take them into the Fall season. You look amazing in these florals and the tip that is most useful for me is to find the balance between loose and fitted. xoxo, Christine

  24. I adore floral dresses and ankle boots!

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  26. Such a pretty dress!
    Have a good week :)
    Olivia <3

  27. This is an amazing post! You totally know how to rock those gorgeous floral prints. Even though summer is almost over that for sure won't stop me from wearing and enjoying my florals. Also I'm totally in love with those earring you wore with the floral romper, so creative and beautiful. These tips are super helpful thanks so much for sharing!

    Vanessa, xo!

  28. Hey Rach! Awesome tips you have! I love your Boohoo Boots in the first look and the Farrah and Sloane bag in the second photo ;) I love retro floral prints too!

  29. These are all great suggestions! I love florals and specifically dark florals ! There's definitely a chance that you can end up looking too vintage and your comment about Macklemore made me literally lol! I normally opt for a shorter dress when it's floral because it gives it a very youthful feel! I love your suggestion about having a neutral bag! I love to wear a contrasting neutral bag to make my floral pop even more! Hope you are having a beautiful week! You look stunning in every image!

    Manda |

  30. I freaking love retro floral prints! But agree that sometimes they can look a little too intense and having the right accessories is so important. Having ankle boots and simple bags is the perfect way to style them and even having a denim jacket I think makes it look less like its straight off a thrift shop mannequin!

    Looking fabulous as always girl!

    Helen xx

  31. Fab styling tips!! I love the short dress back with the black detailed ankle boots. What a cool look! You do rock the jumpsuit too though - I can't ever imagine you looking like you raided the thrift shop, ha ha!! Thanks for sharing, beautiful. J. x

  32. These are all such great advice. I don't know why I never thought of them. I always felt like retro florals were too dated to make them modern, but both of your outfits have proved me wrong. You look so sophisticated in them! I think I will definitely incorporate some florals into my wardrobe for Fall.

    Maggie S.

  33. Floral prints should stay another year around. I truly love the print because it gives a nice touch of femininity and elegance. I love your floral printed romper on you and how you styled. Great tips, dear!

  34. Prints can be hard to wear but I do love how you styled yours. My rule of thumb is to find a print in proportion to your features. If you are petite or have small features, a large print can overwhelm you. Loving all those boho vibes! And I do agree that a shorter dress can be easier to wear with a print. Show all the leg you can!

  35. Great tips babe! I totally agree. I think it's best when we want to wear loud prints to downplay any other parts of our outfit, including like you said your accessories for example.
    I actually love these floral prints you have in your closet, I can't seem to find one here for some reason!
    They're so perfect for summer, absolutely gorgeous


  36. I love how you styled these floral prints! I am loving the floral retro trend! I agree with you! Ankle boots are the must-have shoe for 2017! I wore mine all summer long! You look gorgeous in the jumpsuit!

    Thanks for sharing!


  37. You shared some great tips here! One of my faves you shared is bringing out one of the colors with accessories. It's such a genius idea and always helps to balance out the look. One trick I haven't tried is wearing my bigger dresses with a belt. Can't wait to test it out!

  38. Hey Darling,
    Hows you?
    Best Tips how to wear Retro Floral Prints:)
    Love to match with Ankle boots too:)
    Love the First style sooo much:) but the Green Jumpsuit is so Gorgeous too:)
    Happy Friday
    Love Open Kloset By Karina

  39. Hey love!

    Thank you for these wonderful tips for wearing floral prints. Honestly, I'm very bad at styling floral items. So, I prefer not to wear them lol. After reading your post, I need to check the site of Forcast for this nice jumpsuit of my favorite green color!


  40. I'm a big fan of anything 'retro'! And I love floral prints so much, but it could be tricky to wear them, I agree.
    I like everything about both outfits, but the second one has stolen my heart! Very cool romper and the print is amazing! And I'm totally agree with all your tips!

  41. Great advice Rachel! prints in general can be hard to wear but floral prints i've noticed can be harder because of the fact depending on the style you can look dated. Love the looks by the way and hope you're having a fab week XOWP


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