Monday, August 27, 2012

Why Not Try: Dark Florals?

I've given up on summer.  It hasn't gotten above 85 for over a week and this morning it rained on me on my ride in.  And, of course, I wasn't wearing a coat so my shirt was stuck to my chest by the time I got to work.  It was decidedly not awesome.  Take it from me, surprise rain storms are not a pleasant surprise at all.  Having given up on summer, I've decided to jump into some fall posts.  Specifically, a series I like to call "Why Not Try?".  You see, I'm beginning each title with those words so it seemed like a good idea for the series.  And now, without further ado, I give you the first post in my "Why Not Try?" series.

This fall and winter, why not try Dark Florals?  If you’ve seen my blog, you’ve probably seen me in a floral print.  It’s true, I love a good floral.  And, lately, I’ve been especially enamored of dark florals.  So, as you can imagine, I’m pretty thrilled that this is one of the trends for fall.

I’m excited about this trend for a variety of reasons.  One, I think dark florals are more unusual, and, for me, more interesting, than run-of-the-mill pastel florals.  Two, I think they’re easier to utilize in a year-round wardrobe, given their natural ability to be paired with winter’s darker hues.  And three, they’re pretty easy to thrift. 

Like most trends, dark florals aren’t a new invention.  This means that they can be found in abundance in thrift stores, whether you choose blouses, skirts or dresses.  Here are some of the dark floral pieces I’ve thrifted that I look forward to wearing this fall and winter:

Animal and floral.  Win-win.

Fall colors on a black background.

White roses on a black background - a graphic take on floral.

The dark teal background & orange flowers are perfect for fall.

And I always have my eye out for more.

How about you, Dearest Reader Friends?  Will you be going to the dark side this season?



  1. Light floral, dark floral, bright floral, small floral, large floral...just give me floral! lol Kiah

  2. Love this idea (of the blog series) and I really like dark florals. I wear subdued dark florals for blouses a lot b/c pastels do not work well for me. You look great in these!

  3. I don't think I have ANY dark florals currently in my wardrobe, though I love the skirt in the second photo. No doubt, dark florals will be on my radar, the next time I thrift shop.

  4. Yes, I looooove darker colors. But I don't think I have anything wait, I do too.
    I can't wait for fall. Your gorgeous brown boots are just great! Can't wait to wear mine. Thank you for your visit to my blog today!!

  5. I love dark florals! I generally prefer vivid, saturated, and dramatic over pastel and delicate. All of these are so great on you, Gracey!

  6. Ooh! The first two looks got me really excited for fall! Fabulous!
    I'm sorry you got rained on while riding your bike to work. Do you keep a change of clothes at your desk?
    (assuming you work at a desk...)

    More Charming In Person

  7. The dark side- ha! I really like your brown floral skirt, though! So pretty!

  8. I didn't even know that dark florals were a trend, so thank you for educating me. I love the blue-backed pattern dress the most.

  9. I love you in the dark floral dress and polka dot jacket. It is a really fun look with great energy!


  10. I will hopefully be going to the dark side this fall! I'm really inspired for fall with the second look you posted, the colors in the skirt are so beautiful! I can't wait for the leaves to start changing colors!


  11. These are all great outfits, but my favorite is the dark floral dress.

  12. I love love the last photo of the dress. It's so right up my alley. I'll have to seek out some dark florals on my next VV outing. Love the new series!

  13. I'm still a little shy to put on florals. I find them too loud. But I wouldn't mind putting on dark florals.

  14. why yes, i think i will! i am sure i own a few dark florals, although who knows what's in my closet! i love the look and any time you can incorporate florals year round is a good thing in my book!

  15. Yes, floral prints! I love them because they're really more of classic than a trend, uless you pile on the shoulder pads, they won't look too dated in the years too come. (You are so right, they are easy to thrift!) I like your first photo, the combo of the polka dotted blazer and the dark floral top is so brave and very stylish.

  16. I'm not a huge floral person, so I actually prefer the darker colors. I love the first combo!

  17. Oh I love florals almost as much as I love polka dots. Haven't got too many items with dark florals yet, but definitely need to try this look more often! For summer, I tried to find more light colored versions, but this is great for autumn!


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