Florals and Ruffles for the Non-Frilly Female

June 24, 2020

I’m not what you would consider a “girly girl”. I wanted to give wearing these textures their moment to shine, but I needed to figure out how to wear florals and ruffles as a non-frilly female. These designs have been popping up all over the runway, like in the Spring/Summer 2020 shows of Valentino, Giambattista Valli, and Prabal Gurung.

Valentino Spring 2020 (Left), Giambattista Valli Spring 2020 (Center),
Prabal Gurung Spring 2020 (Right)

Testing my redheaded color limits, I snagged this pink and maroon floral and ruffled dress from Nasty Gal. It is a strong misconception that redheads can’t wear those colors that “clash” with their locks. Whoever decided that it was okay to tell redheads this was 100% incorrect!

Luckily, we’re in an era where looking pale in outfits is chic. Thankfully, skincare is important to people now more than ever. So we don’t need to worry about looking pale in pastel colors (like pink).

I love how the layers of this tiered dress accentuate the body and make the torso look longer. At first, I honestly thought this dress was going to look too… how do I put it… Baby Spice? But I realized that the layers help elongate the waistline as well as give fun movement when walking!

The biggest obstacle of wearing a floral print is making sure you don’t look like your granny’s drapes. To combat this, don’t wear head-to-toe floral. I recommend showing a little leg with a high necked long sleeve dress (like the Nasty Gal dress shown) or wear an off-the-shoulder midi or maxi, like the blue floral dress shown here. It breaks up the pattern while also showing your form.

If you wear a shorter floral dress, I recommend partnering it with a pair of heels, to elongate the legs. Depending on the season, you can also pair it with knee high boots.

Truly, I didn’t think I was going to be into wearing a floral look. But, as long as the right techniques are in place, it can be a great Summer look that will turn heads!

GET THE LOOK: Nasty Gal Tier We Are Floral Dress