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How to look ageless in floral prints

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fashionover40 mature summer look with flower print skirt
Loft tropical floral print on a denim pencil skirt styled with an eShakti color block top and Liz Claiborne open-toe pumps (all own)

Avoid to look like a peer mom

Looking ageless means not looking Old Lady and not looking like we rioted our (grand)daughter’s closet – Peer Mom. To look ageless in floral clothes the print, color, cut, and styling are keys.

The best floral prints for mature women

Let’s start with the print. Here is a list of ageless prints:

  • hand-painted abstract florals,
  • booms that are office appropriate,
  • floral prints in rich gemstone colors like ruby, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, or peridot,
  • floral prints in vegetable or mineral colors,
  • abstract flowers

Avoid these floral prints over 40

Here is a list of prints that get you into risky territory:

  • All Laura Ashley like floral prints
  • 60s Mod flowers (Recall – we don’t want to relive our youth/childhood, we are proud of who we are)
  • kid flower prints
  • pastel prints (they are for bed sheets and PJs)
  • Provence florals (they belong to the 80s)
  • prairie prints unless you are an actress in a Western movie

The following photo shows examples of both categories. See the difference!

#fashion ageless vs. aging prints
The two prints in the left panel look timeless, while those on the right are examples of prints that look unflattering after a certain age

Cuts that look best with floral prints over 40

Now to the cut. When you wear floral prints go for clean, sleek cuts. Minimal details in the cut are keys with a floral print to look stunning. Shirt dresses, sheaths, and wrap dresses are save bets. Fit-and-flare dresses can be risky. It requires a grown-up print in bold colors, and knee-length to stay out of girlie territory. Pencil skirts, blazers, scarves, and tops are great canvas for grown-up floral prints.

What cuts for avoid with floral prints

Avoid shift/A-line dresses, anything with ruffles or full skirts (Old Lady alert!), puff sleeves, sweet or girlie that a kid would look cute in, short fit-and-flare dresses with scoop cleavage (peer mom alert!) or short skater skirts (riot alert!). Wide pastel floral prints on pants look like PJs and only work in Alaska.

How to style outfits with floral prints

Always ground your prints. This means adding accessories in one of the (main) colors of the print. Doing so is easiest when using the prints background color. In winter, black tights and shoes are a save bet too.

Let the print be the statement and add sleek, elegant pieces. Avoid anything that makes your outfit look too busy.

Inspirational outfits with floral print

The photos below, show some outfits with comments and explanations regarding the “risks” and why it works.

The floral print dress has gemstone colors donning abstract blooms on a neutral background. The “fit-and-flare cut” works as the skirt’s flare is limited to an exaggerated A-line skirt rather than skater skirt. The outfit works as it is grounded by the skin color. Sunglasses c/o mature woman in floral print skirt with stripped top and white denim jackeThe print of this skirt is “risky” as it is a modern interpretation of the Mod flowers. To make it work for anyone over 50 all styling must be modern too. Save bets are pairing it with stripes or other pattern. Back in the 60s, mixing pattern and prints was a no-no except for quilts.

#fashionover50 40+ woman in floral sheath dress This example combines an abstract floral print on a classic sheath dress.

#over40fashion mature woman in ageless floral print with white jeansThis example shows an abstract floral print in ruby red, and coral with black on white and is grounded by the white boyfriend jeans and belt.#over50fashion mature woman in floral print sleek coatThis floral print has blooms in pink sapphire and rose quartz on golden ground. Despite the latter two colors are pastels, the size of the blooms, their abstract design and the classic cut make this floral coat daring, but ageless. I would not recommend this coat when you are new to floral prints.

#leatherCapriPants #floralPrintTop mature woman in capri and floral print top This floral print is abstract and its colors even stay away from typical floral colors. The tank has the simplest cut a tank can have. The outfit underlines the minimalism with the sleek capri. The half tuck gives the look a right now modern touch.

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#styleover40 #floralprintsover40 mature summer outfit with floral print and denim skirt
Back view of outfit with Loft tropical floral print on a denim pencil skirt styled with an eShakti color block top and Liz Claiborne open-toe pumps (all own)

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Photos: G. Kramm

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