I used to believe
I wasn’t much of a floral person
It’s a smidge hard to sell that line these days when this post represents my third, consecutive no less, featuring me in a cornucopia of flora and bloom and blossom. I’ve been a walking flower garden and taken it down a petal or two. But what’s irrefutable is that I can no longer lay claim to being a non floral person.
That card is clearly off the table.
In true Sheela form, I’ve migrated from the dark side and leapt over to where the sun never goes to bed; yellow brick roads zig zag here there and everywhere; and flowers actually do talk. In fact, they’re rather sassy, they often give lip, and they’re certainly nowhere near being on a wall.
Instead, they’re plastered on clothes and embellishing shoes and adorning lapels and prettying up one’s tresses. One could surmise that flowers (much like love and money and sliced bread) can move mountains and make the world go round.
Perhaps what’s ringing truer is that I’m not a head-to-toe floral sort of woman. I’m comfortable with a spot of blooms, an accent or two. Perhaps an entire item of garment even but I must admit, I feel odd walking around covered from top to my toes in flowers. I mean, Anna makes it look easy peasy. So too Sacramento. And Eve, and she’s a teenager (albeit her sartorial choices far belie her youthful years).
I NEED TO REALLY THINK ABOUT IT
Yes, even when it’s florals in small doses.
Pairing prints together doesn’t come easily to me, nor does it come naturally.
That said, as I mentioned earlier, I’ve been on a bloom high of late and when Dawn picked florals as this month’s theme for The Fab 40s, I wasn’t as apprehensive as I thought I would be. Granted, initially, I wasn’t certain as to the ratio between print:solid I was going for, but then I figured I’d wing things (as always), and I’d like to think things turned out
For now, how about we talk about the other ladies and their floral interpretations first? I have to say every single one of the Fab 40 outfits completely took my breath away this month, for different reasons.
Here’s Ann and her handmade skirt. There’s absolutely nothing this woman can’t do once she’s set her mind on it. And those socks!! We all know how I feel about rockabilly socks.
Pretty in pink and pretty in flowers. That about describes Dawn Lucy to a tee 🙂 and that finishing touch of a rose? So clever!!
I’m infatuated with Diane’s outfit. Yellow is something I’m intent on wearing more of this year, and her pairing of gingham with florals is so charming.
If there’s an item of clothing in this line-up I covet, it’d be this coat of technicolour flowers Jennie’s sporting. It’s SOOOOOOO gorgeous, I’m positively swooning.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow? Ever so beautifully, with blooms a-plenty, setting our hearts a-glow. Yes, it warrants a spontaneous ditty.
Sam claimed to be a tad apprehensive of florals but look at her. Somehow, everything adds up, and she looks amazing. As always.
Allow me to now introduce Andrea, our guest blogger for March. She has such a feminine and delicate approach to style, and this month’s theme was a perfect match made in floratopia (I can’t help it!!). Her wearing of a chambray shirt with the most exquisite vintage skirt is ever so pretty. I mean, look at that skirt with its creamy mint colour and divine trumpet shape. Andrea, you’ve a new fan in me 🙂
Then there’s me. Embracing print like there’s nothing else in sight.
Navy Blazer & Floral Top (thrifted) | Leggings (JCPenny) | Sunnies & Brooches (Poshmark) | Camellia Booties (Shoe Dazzle) | Polymer Clay Rings (Etsy)
SO TELL ME
Would you wear head-to-toe florals?
p/s photos by Sofia Touassa
I link up here.
42 Replies to “The Fab 40s In Florals”
I was never a flower girl either, I think because it was so “girly” and I wanted to be an independent, strong, woman! But I think I’ve learned that I can still be that strong person on the inside and yet show some floral love on the outside! Besides–seeing how others style it has made a huge impression on me—the print mixing, the masculine attributes—it makes it so much more palatable!! jodie
ps…as usual, I’m coveting those shoes.
That was my precise thought too, Jodie, but then I realised that it’s one’s attitude and personality, how one carries oneself which determines the vibe one exudes. It was at that point that I threw all caution to the wind and embraced flowers wholeheartedly 🙂 and yes, particularly when a hint of masculinity is thrown into the mix xoxo
This look is so well put together, Sheela. All of the little details, from the mix of dots, stripes and floral, to the Florette on your shoes and the “Eat Me” pin are just making me smile! I like the dark color mix and the fact this isn’t a traditional springy take on floral.
LOL LOL LOL isn’t that the most darling pin???? xoxo
All you gorgeous women in florals – so Spring-y and inspiring. And your pin is fantastic! xox
Thanks so much, Patti 🙂 that means the world xoxo
Love the florals and polka dots, Sheela .. and no, you can no longer can to be non-floral, Chick! 😉
Adore you .. your style and your all around vibe!
Hahahaha no I can’t 🙂 I’m now officially a flower power puff girl. Dibs on Blossom GRIN
Beautiful flora looks, great post.
Thank you so very much, Sophia xoxo
Your shoes are really cute. I’m actually not a floral person, but I do like it in accessories. And I kind of want a floral bomber jacket — but still — not a floral person, lol.
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Oooh me too. I’ve been on the hunt for a glorious floral blazer and bomber jacket, Cheryl 🙂 xoxo
Ahhh what a dear you are! You are a master with style, Grace and the written word! Truly a vision. You brave where we all want to go and I love you for it!! Polka dots, stripe accent and glorious floral, it all came together in such a grand style! Keep on bringing us such divine inspiration and thank you for letting me join you beauties! So FUN!!
Oh wow, Andrea, thank you so so so much. The Fab 40s is another initiative near and dear to me. Who says we can’t wear loud florals when we’re past 30?? And who’s to tell us to leave pastels for the younger crowd? Right?? 🙂 thank YOU, for joining us, and bringing your personal brand of gorgeousness to the group, Andrea, we so enjoyed having you xoxo
Florals look great on you. Love the addition of the brooch 🙂 Have a great week Sheela!
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Thanks so much, Monika. You have a good week too xoxo
You are totally rocking the floral! Love that you paired this top with stripes and polka dots. Super cute pattern mixing!
Thanks so much, Alecz, it just made sense, you know? 🙂
So many wonderful inspirational floral looks.
I adore florals, especially with polkadots like you’re wearing here.
Carefree meets happy can only result in good things 🙂 xoxo
I don’t think of myself as a flower girl either, but I loved seeing everyone’s interpretations of florals. There are so many options! I love your mix of the floral top with the polka dots leggings. I just wore the reverse outfit: floral pants & a polka dots blouse. The pants were an impulse buy about five years ago, and they were hidden for a few years on the bottom of my casual pants dresser… Until I “found” them again last year.
Oh, and fabulous shoes!!!
Personally, I doubt I’d ever don florals from head to toe. It’s just a smidge too much for me but in small doses, yes. I can handle florals in small doses 🙂
That top is really cute, and what a great way to sneak in some floral print 🙂
Thank you so very much!!
I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there. “I don’t wear yellow”, “I don’t wear stripes”, I feel like eventually if you see something enough, you will eventually start to like it, or you just need to find the right piece, the one that seems different than the rest you so easily dismissed. I think you look great in florals, so keep on wearing them!
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There’s much wisdom in what you just said, Lydie 🙂 it’s true. Look at something long and hard enough, and you’ll find something not so offensive about it, give it time, and when the right piece comes along, badaboom 🙂 xoxo
So happy to be in sync with your floral theme! Yes cheers to us loving florals at any age and love your mixed prints here Sheela! Hope you had a lovely Easter!
Thanks so much, Rebecca, can’t wait to see our little project come to fruition next month xoxo
Loving the print mix here, doll! So bright + happy!
Hey babe, thank you 🙂 xoxo
Thanks for the name check Sheela, so kind of you x I love that you protest you don’t do something then blast into it with such gusto! The florals are fab, but I totally adore those booties! You’re always coming up with such fab footwear honey – love ’em xxx
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I feel ditzy, what name check, Anna?
And thank you so much for always saying lovely things xoxo
I have been super into florals lately too! Such a fun look.
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You look amazing in just about everything, Amy 🙂
I am have never worn a head to toe floral look and might not do so anytime soon since i am still practising the act of mixing prints but i am certainly a floral girl and would love to say welcome to the floral side :). Love all the beautiful takes on how to style floral.
Neither was I, Osy, but in the last few months, I’ve learned that there’s very little value in the word “never” when it comes to style choices so who knows 🙂 I might very well attempt a head-to-toe look and soon but until then, I’m loving being on the floral side!!
I didn’t know all of you ladies linked up… I read Andrea’s blog, too! Wow… the Fab 40s in Florals ladies are looking great!! Cute group styling theme!! Love your collab idea!
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Thanks so much, Shannon 🙂 and yes, this is our 13th month, I believe. It’s just wonderful being with these ladies xoxo
So much pattern mixing. What fun
I never thought I’d echo your sentiments, Michelle, but yes!!! Joy of joys 🙂
I totally get it – I’ve had styles I wasn’t much on in the past but did a total flip flop later. Love that top! The whole look is perfect 🙂
I never use to be a big floral person either! But now I love incorporating floral pieces into my wardrobe. I’m loving ur floral top!