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Vanessa's Spring 2017 Fashion Round-up

Head-To-Toe Florals

One of the hottest looks off the Spring 2017 runways was the head-to-toe floral look. We saw this most prominently at Chloe and Balenciaga.

While florals for Spring is not a new concept, the mixing of floral patterns IS. So how can you wear this trend without looking like fashion road kill? Here are some suggestions for pulling this look off.

What works here is the overall drapey style and fluid floral print of the top, balanced with the tailored fit and static print style of the short. Together, the two combine to make a stylish casual statement.

Blouse: 1.State Cold-Shoulder Flounce Sleeve Top from Bloomingdale's $79

Shorts: Loft Daisy Riviera Shorts $49.50

The mix of silhouettes can often be the glue that binds a look together: mix bare with covered, and short with long. With this outfit, each piece picks up a similar color palette in its mate. 

Top: Aqua Floral Ruffle V-Neck Cami- $58 from Bloomingdale's

Pant: Leith Wide Leg Pants- $65 from Nordstrom

This outfit does double duty with 2 Spring trends: Super Bright color AND floral-on-floral. Again, the mix of print scale and similar color story in the two pieces make this look cohesive.

Top: Laine sweater by Monogram, $128 - anthropologie

Short: Floral Riviera Shorts, $49.50 - Loft

By now you can see a familiar method emerging in the mixing & matching of prints; as long as you can find two pieces in a similar color story, with differing scale in pattern, this is crucial to executing this look flawlessly!

Top: Katerina Floral Blouse by dRA, $148 - anthropologie

Short: Ryan fit Floral Short, $58 - Banana Republic

Banana Republic did a great job this season translating the floral-on-floral trend for mass market fashion. These two separates from the line are a perfect pair to represent this trend.

Top: Easy Care Dillon-Fit Floral Print Shirt, $78 - Banana Republic

Pant: Avery-Fit Floral Pant, $98 - Banana Republic

This is a look many of us like to see in Spring after being bundled up all winter: flowy, floral, easy. Unifying this look is the drapey fabric of both pieces, as well as color story.

Top: Floral Print Sleeveless Blouse by Daniel Rainn, $72 - Bloomingdale's

Skirt: Pixie & Diamond Floral Skirt, $78 - Forever21

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No fashion report would be complete without a look at plus-size styling. One of the best tips for experimenting with this look is to start with one piece and identify 1 or 2 main colors in its print, and then find its companion by matching these colors in the 2nd garment. Here, we can find both yellow and white in both pieces.

Top: Women's Plus Size Printed Peplum Top Gold Floral - Ava & Viv™, $19.99 - Target

Pant: Mid-Rise Smooth & Slim Plus-Size Pixie Pants, $48 - Old Navy

The printed bomber jacket is becoming a ubiquitous piece this year! An easy way to mix prints is to find a piece with a ditsy / small scale print. Usually, this is the most flattering scale for pants, shorts, and skirts. Here, the short's black ground and white & pink accents are featured heavily in the jacket as well.

Jacket: Plus Size Floral Striped Bomber Jacket, $40.99 - Charlotte Russe

Shorts: Floral Print Belted Sateen Shorts, $44.90 - Torrid

Typically, it's easier on the eyes if we vary the scale of patterns when mixing two different prints. In this case, we can solve the visual "busy-ness" by tucking in the shirt and grounding the look with black opaque tights and booties or heels. The rich jewel tones of both floral prints in these pieces are gorgeous- the white ground of the blouse brings the look forward from winter into spring.

Top: Henley Top by NYDJ, $98 - Nordstrom

Skirt: Coast Plus Dayna Floral Printed Skirt With Peplum Hem, $104 - asos.com

Vanessa Loomie