Our Fashion Trend of the Month for November 2012 is Fall Floral Fashion. Although we expect to find pretty posies decorating spring and summer fashion, it's less common to find floral fashion featured for fall and winter.
Oscar de la Renta was one of the designers who used floral motifs for 2012 fall fashion. These florals were stylized and enhanced with jeweled embellishment, a top trend for fall. The model above, shown at the Oscar de la Renta Fall Fashion Show for 2012, wears a teal dress with white floral motifs, which are decorated with pearls.
European designers seemed to love florals for fall even more than American designers. From the Italian design house of Doce & Gabbana, there came a lavishly embellished collection, replete with extravagant and colorful florals, some influenced by Victorian needlepoint motifs. Valentino showed an ankle-length dress for fall with a balanced floral design enhanced with silver embroidery.
Fall and winter florals frequently are presented against a dark background, such as black, brown, or burgundy, but other floral fashions fall into the category of year-around wear, such as the colorful Anuschka leather handbag pictured above in the bottom right corner.
Tips for Wearing Fall Floral Clothing and Fashion Accessories
- Choose a floral pattern that's not so huge as to overwhelm your petite figure.
- Pair a floral top with a dark neutral background with pants the same color as the neutral background.
- Make sure dresses with floral designs fall into one of the five categories of top dress styles for petites.
- Carry a floral handbag when you're wearing a monochromatic ensemble to add a touch of fashion whimsy as well as a color pop.
- Avoid floral jeans, pants, tights, or leggings because they seldom look good on anyone.
- Wear jewelry with floral motifs any time of the year.
- Choose sleek floral pumps with pointed toes if you want to wear floral shoes.
Floral Fashion Shopping List
Topshop floral print open front blazer available in petite sizes 0P - 8P from Nordstrom (Buy Direct)
Anne Klein sleek floral slingback pumps in sizes 5 - 11 available from Zappos (Buy Direct)
Long (32-inch), flower pendant necklace with resin stones available from Banana Republic (Buy Direct)
Silk and wool floral scarf in beet root color available from Banana Republic (Buy Direct)
Anne Klein floral top with cowl neck in petite sizes P/M (8P - 10P) and P/L (12P - 14P) available from Zappos (Buy Direct)
Anuschka painted leather floral hobo handbag available from eBags (Buy Direct)