Every year, when the seasons change and the flowers begin to bloom, we pay collective homage to the awakening buds with our wardrobe. And if you ask us, our spring clothes this year should be no exception, coronavirus be darned! We’ve rounded up a slew of pretty, floral pieces that will lift your spirits and get you in the mood for the warmer weather to come.
The History of Floral Pattern
While people have been incorporating real flowers into their clothing and headdresses since the times of ancient Greeks and Romans, the first fabrics to incorporate floral design came out of China in the form of the floral silks worn during the Tang dynasty, which took place from 618 to 907 AD.
They were later introduced to Italy by Ottoman textile manufacturers during the late Middle Ages. From there, they flourished (pun intended) in Venice and Florence in the 15th and 16th centuries, with clothing makers sewing large blooms onto ornate velvet fabrics.
The print’s reach grew even further during the height of the industrial revolution, when machine-printed chintz dresses became available en masse. Today, our favorite flower patten is a classic closet-staple that can worn all year long — but especially in spring.
The Best Spring Clothes
With floral all but taking over store shelves come this time of year, this attractive pattern makes for some of the best spring clothes money can buy. Whether you choose to don it from head to toe courtesy of a sightly flower-filled dress ($105, Bloomingdale’s) or jumper ($116.25, Michael Kors) or sprinkle it into your accessories in the form of a bag ($32.99, Target) or pair of sneakers ($85, Anthropologie), we’ve got you covered.
Below, find some of the most covetable floral-printed threads around, from skirts and tops to jumpsuits and heels. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best spring clothes in bloom.
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Best Floral Dress
Bobeau Print-Smocked Midi Dress
Where to buy: $61.50 (Originally $82), Nordstrom
For a subtle (and affordable!) take on the trend, check out this smocked-waist midi frock from Nordstrom. It’s loose fit and long sleeves will perfectly suit the indecisive weather that goes along with the season, and it will slip right overhead for easy dressing. A tied V-neck and a frill trim complete the look.
Best Floral Tee
LOFT Floral Shirred Tee
Where to buy: $39.50, LOFT
This sweet LOFT tee has all the makings of a seasonal clothing mainstay: think stretchy, elasticized cuffs, a light, 100 percent linen fabric, and, of course, a sensational flower motif. Breezy, boho, and right on-trend, it's sure to be on heavy rotation in any spring-lover's closet.
We echo the sentiments of this enthusiastic buyer, who wrote, “I adore this print.”
Best Floral Jumper
MICHAEL Michael Kors Floral Belted Jumpsuit
Where to buy: $116.25 (Originally $155), Michael Kors
Talk about flower power! Michael Kors has outdone himself with this trendy belted jumpsuit, which makes mastering the pattern an absolute breeze. Simply pull it up over your midsection, cinch it at the waist, and situate the pintucked ruffled straps for an out-the-door getup you can count on. And when you’re done? Throw this polyester fabric in the wash for easy cleaning.
Best Floral Shoes
Naturalizer Anna Pumps
Where to buy: $110, Macy’s
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Step into spring with these leather Naturalizer pumps, which are fully covered in watercolor blooms. They’ve got a cushioned insole for comfort and a 3.35-inch heel, giving you just enough lift to dress up your look without being impossible to walk in.
“Beautiful and very comfortable!” raved on shopper.
Best Floral Skirt
Ann Taylor Floral Pleated Hem Skirt
Where to buy: $119, Ann Taylor
We just might have found the perfect spring skirt in the form of this pleated pick from Ann Taylor. With a soft, romantic, flowery pattern and an elegant-yet-breezy tiered design, it’s chic, yet comfortable. It also has a knee-length cut that will flatter nearly any age group. It's machine washable and closes with a hidden zipper.
Best Floral Purse
A New Day Floral Tote
Where to buy: $32.99, Target
If you’re worried about investing in a piece you won’t wear for longer than one season, allow us to turn your attention to this budget-friendly floral purse. At less than $35, it won't make you won’t think twice about storing it away come winter — though based on its convenient zip-top closure, multiple interior pockets, and handy exterior zip pocket, we’d be willing to guess you won’t want to.
Best Floral Wrap Dress
Adrianna Papell Dreamy Hibiscus Faux Wrap Dress
Where to buy: $67.05 (Originally $105), Bloomingdale’s
The wrap dress never looked so good as it does in the form of this flower-covered Adrianna Papell design — and that’s saying a lot, considering it’s one of our favorite sundress styles! Features include a slightly-stretchy fabric, a crossover V-neck, and elasticized cuffs. It’s also partially lined for modesty.
Best Floral Sweater
Talbots Floral Paisley Sweater
Where to buy: $79.50, Talbots
This fun, bright sweater allows you to wear your blossoms on your (quarter) sleeve — literally. A bateau neckline, and a hip-length silhouette keep it plenty stylish, while a cotton and rayon machine washable blend make it easy to clean, too. It's a win-win!
Best Floral Top
Floral Tiered-Sleeve Top
Where to buy: $49, Venus
Available in both regular and plus sizing, this flowy, feminine top has a scoop neckline and a cold-shoulder design that epitomizes the spirit of romance. Adding to the splendor? A sprinkling of large, white flowers that are pure blossom perfection.
Best Floral Midi Skirt
Banana Republic Floral Midi Skirt
Where to buy: $109, Banana Republic
One of our favorite pieces on this list comes courtesy of Banana Republic. The brand’s midi-length floral skirt, seen here, has a vibrant red Japan-inspired motif that was originally designed for its overseas customers. It features an easy-on elastic waistband and a sweet little high-low hem. This skirt is unlined.
Best Floral Watch
Gucci Floral Leather Strap Watch
Where to buy: $479.99, T.J. Maxx
To prove it’s always time for floral, we present to you this stunning designer watch. Its leather strap adorned in an elegant rose print and it’s water-resistant up to 50 meters — the rough equivalent of a quick shower or bath, according to the Huffington Post. Choose from a turquoise or cream background.
Best Plus Size Floral Jumpsuit
Betsey Johnson Plus-Size Vintage Rose Jumpsuit
Where to buy: $39.99, T.J. Maxx
Plus-size women can get in on the flowery fun thanks to this eye-catching Betsey Johnson jumper, which will leave you covered in blooms from head to toe. It has a smart, square neckline, a cinching tie-waist, and a sweet satin finish. The shoulders adjust for size and the fabric has a bit of stretch to keep things nice and comfy.
Best Floral Kimono
Dot & Lily Floral Duster
Romanticize your ensemble in a hurry with the help of Dot & Lily’s dreamy floral duster. Between its fuss-free, one-size fit and layer-friendly nature, this kimono makes it easier than ever to incorporate this beautiful pattern into your world. This piece is hand-wash only.
Best Floral Sneakers
Gola Floral Sneakers
Where to buy: $85, Anthropologie
It doesn't get much springier than these floral-printed sneakers from British brand Gola. Bright, whimsical, and lightweight, these cotton canvas kicks are just what the doctor ordered for brightening up a gloomy day. They also have a durable, thick rubber sole for getting around.