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Afternoon Tea | March 10, 2016 |

Florals for grown ups:

new ways to wear blooms

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Bloom-based prints have managed to break new ground this season, with petal-based explosions freshening up predictable chintzy prints.

Shake up your wardrobe by taking florals out of the ‘pretty’ box and into one with lashings of attitude and vigour.

The flower power suit

If there’s one thing that takes florals from girly to contemporary, it’s tailoring. A delicate print applied to a suiting ensemble lends a stylish, feminine-edge to power-dressing.

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Image source: ASOS

Our pick: Follow suit – quite literally – with this dusty pink Premium Blazer in Jacquard Co-ord (£60) along with matching cigarette trousers (£40) by ASOS collection.

Maximalist flora

The drug-oozing mind of Hunter S.Thompson was key inspiration for Henry Holland’s SS16 collection. Foliage patterns in everything from lime green to orange sashayed down the runway; chaotic mixes of flora and fauna teamed with leopard print accents, amber-tinted glasses and dramatic ostrich feather shoes.

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Image source: BOB By Dawn O’Porter

Our pick: Our love affair with retro fox Dawn O’Porter remains unfaltering. Channel her funky take on foliage with The Kristen 70s shirt dress (£170) from her timeless clothing line BOB.

Oriental drama

Dolce & Gabbana’s SS16 Alta Moda collection received a standing ovation at La Scala in Milan recently – and for good reason. Madame Butterfly-inspired cocktail dresses pailletted with water lilies, irises and lilies gleamed down the runway, with single large blooms traced in velvet, satin and crystal appliqué.

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Image source: Selfridges

Our pick: Unbridled opulence doesn’t need to be unwearable. Channel D&G’s Eastern florals in this oriental orchid-print stretch-cotton dress by Karen Millen (£145, Selfridges). Take it to the highest of drama with glistening hair ornaments or dress down with dainty mules.

‘50s optimism

Chintz is no longer reserved for Grandma’s sofa. The floral prints of Emilia Wickstead’s SS16 collection prove vintage blooms are stronger than ever; modernly revamped with contrasting flower arrangements and clashing colours.

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Image source: Selfridges

Our pick: Use your accessories to give a nod to vintage blooms: this Floral parlour gold-toned leather watch by timeless British label Olivia Burton (£75, Selfridges) is definitely one we want in our watch wardrobes.

Craving more chintziness? Read our guide to all things fabulously floral in the designer world.

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