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The Fab 40s In Florals

The Fab 40s In Florals | Sheela Writes

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.

The Fab 40s In Florals | Sheela WritesThe Fab 40s In Florals | Sheela Writes

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.

The Fab 40s In Florals | Sheela WritesThe Fab 40s In Florals | Sheela WritesThe Fab 40s In Florals | Sheela Writes

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).



Yes, even when it’s florals in small doses.

The Fab 40s In Florals | Sheela WritesThe Fab 40s In Florals | Sheela Writes

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 somewhat decently.

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.

Kremb de la Kremb

Pretty in pink and pretty in flowers.  That about describes Dawn Lucy to a tee :)  and that finishing touch of a rose?  So clever!!

Fashion Should Be Fun

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.

Fashion On The Fourth Floor

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.

A Pocketful Of Polka Dots

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.

Curly Byrdie Chirps

Sam claimed to be a tad apprehensive of florals but look at her.  Somehow, everything adds up, and she looks amazing.  As always.

Fake Fabulous

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🙂

Living On Cloud Nine

Then there’s me.  Embracing print like there’s nothing else in sight.

The Fab 40s In Florals | Sheela Writes

Navy Blazer & Floral Top (thrifted) | Leggings (JCPenny) | Sunnies & Brooches (Poshmark) | Camellia Booties (Shoe Dazzle) | Polymer Clay Rings (Etsy)


Would you wear head-to-toe florals?

Love, Sheela

p/s photos by Sofia Touassa

I link up here.


  1. robjodiefilogomo says

    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


  2. 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.


  3. Andrea Nine says

    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


  4. 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🙂


  5. 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!
    Chic on the Cheap


    • 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


  6. 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
    Anna’s Island Style


  7. 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!!


    • Thanks so much, Shannon🙂 and yes, this is our 13th month, I believe. It’s just wonderful being with these ladies xoxo


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