Spring Florals with a Twist

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You know we’re well into spring when women step out of their houses in some kind of floral garment. Although in seasons past, we’ve discovered how to incorporate flower prints into our fall and even our winter wardrobes, as demonstrated by InStyle, the pattern is definitely included in almost every spring collection known to man. And while we may never get bored of garden textiles, we’d like to find out if there are new ways that we could be wearing florals in these warmer months.

Forget any rules that you thought there were about wearing florals. This season, we’re taking a risk by clashing prints. International fashion aggregator Lyst says that we shouldn’t be afraid to look slightly bonkers by pairing graphics and other prints and patterns with florals. As the new creative director of Gucci Alessandro Michele has taught us, eccentricity is all the rage.

So stop playing safe with flower prints and try these outfit ideas out for a change:

Substitute neutrals with stripes

Believe it or not, stripes, particularly black and white ones, can be matched with almost any print, so rather than opting for a plain button down with your floral skirt, go for the pin striped shirt as it works just as well, if not better than your neutral base.

Wear small, complicated graphic garments with organic prints

A little tougher to pull off than the other ideas according to Cosmopolitan, but the results are worth it once you get the scaling of prints to complement each other. As long as each piece don’t distract too much from each other, you’ll have a cohesive outfit in your hands.

Match the base colors of your floral prints

If you’re feeling adventurous enough to go floral on floral, one of the key factors in mixing this style of prints is deciding on a base color. There are two ways to go about this: either pair items together that have the same or similar base colors, or go for the contrast with black vs. white or other color pairings.

Shopbop Friends and Family Event

The weather is turning chilly and causing us all to reach for our warm layers of boots, scarves, and coats. What better way to warm up for the season than with Shopbop’s Friends and Family Event? From now until midnight on October 15th Shopbop is offering 25% off (details here) with code INTHEFAM25. With less than eight weeks until our due date (eek), I’m focused on snagging a few comfy pieces (mainly accessories) that will fit now and after baby arrives (at least I hope). What are you stocking up on for the fall and winter seasons?


Cardigan | Sunglasses | Ring | Black Booties | Bra | Hat | Handbag | Leather Jacket | Bracelet | Dress | Leopard Pumps | Striped Shirt | Tan Booties

Bump Style // 26 Weeks


Raga Gypsy Blues Dress (same print but in pants!) | Dolce Vita Jodie Wedge (on sale, in black) |
Gap Sunnies (old, similar) | Lancome Rouge in Love Lipcolor

Even though we aren’t finding out baby’s gender, there seems to be a universal conclusion among friends, family, and strangers that this little nugget is all boy. The first 20 weeks I was hard set that this bundle of joy growing inside me was a girl, but then something changed. I’m not sure if it is the way old wives tales judge the way I’m carrying, the way every doctor tells us we have a stubborn baby, or the way every person with no inclination one way or another always says boy, but for some reason I switched sides and just keeping thinking boy. Regardless, we are just hoping and praying for a healthy baby, but in the meantime it sure is fun to guess and imagine all that this baby will be. Since I am already seeing all things blue, the moment I saw this Raga dress I knew it would be the perfect addition to my growing dress collection (dresses just work for baby bellies). From the adorable elephant print, the shades of blue, the super fun hemline, and the comfy chic cut, this dress is perfect for any expecting mama (or not – I can totally see wearing this dress with these sandals while chasing baby around the park). Not to mention you can’t help but be in a fun, positive mood while wearing this dress. So what do you think, boy or girl?

Shop the look and other blue dresses here:

Bump Style // 25 Weeks

Work Wear:


Weekend Wear:


Hinge Embroidered Dress (similar) | Vince Camuto Heels | Steve Madden Sandals | Madewell Tote (under $50 version here) | Zara Jacket (old, similar here and here)

Attempting to dress this bump is starting to prove more challenging as my pre-pregnancy clothes get more uncomfortable and as I start to fully appreciate the comfort of maternity wear – those gathered sides and stretchy fabrics are nothing to balk at anymore! This dress purchased pre-baby has been the perfect solution for both comfy weekend wear and dressed up workwear with just a simple change of shoes. I know I will get lots of use out of it throughout the fall and next spring chasing after a little one.

The bump is in full force. Strangers stop to tell me “I look ready to pop” and then try to hide their disbelief when I tell them I’m only 6 1/2 months pregnant. I have to admit though: I will happily let this bump get as large and in charge as baby feels necessary if I keep feeling as good as I do since so far I’ve been fortunate to not really experience any nausea, heartburn, sleep deprivation, backaches, or any other usual pregnancy symptom (knock on wood). As long as mine and baby’s health is good, bring on the belly! I will happily sit here and continue to enjoy the extra-large belly housing all the fun baby kicks. I must mention, mainly so you don’ think I’m delusional, that the bump (obviously) isn’t the only change to my appearance as of late – the bangs are in an awkward grow out stage (I need that easy mom hair come December) and my calf tan line achieved during a hiking trip refuses to fade since my pregnancy skin is super sensitive to the sun. Oh the effects of motherhood already! 🙂 Regardless of all the physical changes, I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy is going. September is already full of numerous activities including parenting classes, showers, and a girl’s weekend all celebrating this little one. As much as I can’t wait to meet baby in December, I need time to slow down to accomplish my ever-growing to-do list. Hope everyone has a wonderful start to the fall season!

Bump Style // 22 Weeks




Entro Dress (only $42) (similar here/here/here) | Steve Madden Heels (similar here/here) | Hobo Clutch (similar here/here)

Dresses are a pregnant lady’s best friend due to the nonrestrictive nature of the fit and fabric and the naive hope that they will adapt for both during and post pregnancy. The ruffled hem, cross stitching, and neckline on this particular dress felt detailed and elongating enough to distract from my ever-growing bump, while the cornflower blue color and lace up heels felt adventurous from my usual conservative uniform (i.e. black, navy, or grey).

Shop similar styles (all non-maternity) here: