Petal To The Metal

"Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking." ~ Miranda Priestly


I think we can all agree that florals are practically synonymous with spring, but I guarantee every fashion mag will have at least one feature highlighting this perennial favorite. The great news is that it's one of the easiest patterns to pick up secondhand.


The dress I styled below is from H&M via Poshmark. I actually recommend browsing Poshmark for similar long sleeve floral dresses because the site has a specific filter for long sleeves. If you are ready to race ahead to warmer weather (or at least the wardrobe that goes with it) like me, then a floral dress with sleeves will help you make that transition sooner than later.


Here are some ideas for styling a long sleeve floral dress now and later (we see you spring/summer weddings).


With a Moto Jacket & Boots


Add a little edge - and warmth - with a leather jacket and matching tall boots to make a floral frock later-winter appropriate. Moody and dark or bright and bold patterns look great anchored with black. Pretty pastels will work well with brown and tan options.


Another option for styling the dress now would be a belted neutral (black, gray, navy, tan) cardigan and heeled ankle boots. I like to match my belts and boots to keep things looking intentional and polished.


With a Denim Jacket & Flats


In a month - okay, or two - we'll be ready for bare legs. A denim jacket (buttoned and collared popped, optional) is a classic springtime topper. Neutral flats like these raffia slides or espadrilles keep toes cozy (or hide the fact you've been putting off that pedicure), but lighten up a look for the coming season.


For a more casual vibe, top your dress with a button front tied at the waist and white lace up sneakers. A chambray shirt would be an easy neutral option, but a striped button down would make a fun print mix.


With a Pretty Clutch & Sandals


When warmer temps finally arrive, let your petal pattern shine. A clutch (I love the kind with a hidden shoulder strap for ultimate versatility) that can stylishly carry your essentials paired with a simple heeled sandal will have you (any kind of spring fling)-ready. Cork, metallics, beading, embroidery, and bright color are details that work beautifully with florals for the ultimate spring vibe.


To dress down the dress in warmer weather, a small simple crossbody bag and flat strappy (or even sporty) sandals will do the trick. Simple accessories keep all the focus on your dress and create a look that looks like you didn't try too hard. But is still, like, really pretty. (Please catch the Mean Girls reference here!)


A long sleeve floral dress is both on trend and timeless and definitely a piece to pick up secondhand. Find a floral from seasons past (maybe even last year) that you love and use the styling suggestions here to wear it as soon as it arrives or when it warms up - if you can wait that long! Or perhaps you've already got a great option in your closet that you're inspired to style in a new way?


How will you wear your flower power this spring?


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