The Reliked guide to styling flirty florals

Becca Donaldson ·
Styling Flirty Florals

Say it with flowers this summer with flirty, fun florals. There are so many reasons that you should boast a floral item in your wardrobe – they are feminine, fabulous, and surprisingly versatile. From delicate daisies dancing across floaty skirts to intensely daring palazzo pants boasting tropical blooms, florals are a striking way to style.

But often people steer away from bold botanical prints as they are unsure how to style them. Fear creeps in and people choose safe plains. We want to show you that florals are easy to style with a little know-how. So read on and get ready to rock floral prints this summer. 

How to style a floral dress

Styling a floral dress on a summer’s day is easy – choose a floaty maxi dress and let the bold pattern do the talking. Team with simple sandals, minimal accessories and oversized sunnies for a relaxed look. If you prefer a grungier vibe, swap the sandals for biker boots, and add a denim jacket. Avoid adding in patterns elsewhere. So if the weather means you need to reach for a cardi, make it a plain one.

Wearing a floral dress to an evening event can prove a little trickier – but the key to bossing a floral dress is the style you choose. Rather than a boho-style maxi dress, opt for a floral mini dress for a big night out, or a swing dress that oozes cuteness. Who says that florals need to be banished from nights out?!

How to wear florals for a wedding

Flirty florals are ideal for a summer wedding and are guaranteed to bring a touch of colour to the day – without stealing the bride’s thunder! Indeed, we’d argue that a wedding is one place where you can eat your heart out with florals and there’s no such thing as too much!

And while we’re talking about what to wear without upsetting the bride – we’re often asked: ‘can you wear a white floral dress to a wedding?’ Sure, you can! A floral dress with a white background is perfectly acceptable, as long as the floral pattern is clearly visible. Just make sure there’s some colour and styling that’s different from a bridal gown and all is good.



Want some floral dress inspiration for a summer wedding? Steal the style of Amanda Holden, who recently rocked a stunning Dolce & Gabbana sequined floral dress at the BGT live semi-finals.

What shoes to wear with a floral dress?

Picking the right shoes to wear with a floral outfit is easier than you might think, and to prove it here are some of our favourite floral / footwear combos:

Trainers: Yep, trainers really do work with everything! Team a dazzling white pair of sneakers with a bold floral print dress for laid-back chic. You can be comfy and feminine; it just works.

Sandals: Flat, wedged or heeled sandals – the choice is yours. Either opt for a neutral colour that doesn’t detract from the dress or pick an accent colour from your floral frock and match your sandals to it.

Ballet pumps: Our go-to-shoe for pairing with florals. Ballet pumps are comfortable, a little dressier than sandals or trainers – and have the added benefit of covering your toes if you’ve not had time to paint them! Ballet pumps work beautifully with florals and add to the summery chic look you’re after.

Biker boots: Get the Courtney Love look by teaming a floral maxi dress with chunky black biker boots and unleash your inner rebel. We promise it works and once you’ve done it once, you won’t look back.

What accessories go with florals?

We are often asked about accessories and florals and the truth is that it depends on the size of the floral print. Big, bold designs work best with understated accessories, so keep things simple with your jewellery and pair accessories with one of the accent colours in your outfit. 

Smaller floral prints are more forgiving when it comes to accessorising them and can take a statement necklace or bracelet, with a clutch bag in a contrasting colour. 



If in doubt, we advise keeping accessories neutral. Tan is a great colour that will work with most floral outfits, so if you are keen to include florals in your wardrobe, add a tan handbag and sandals to your shopping list. 

How to wear floral trousers

We know many people who steer away from flower print trousers for fear of looking childlike rather than chic, but when you know what items to combine them with, you’ll be jumping on board this fun summer fashion trend.

Wearing wide-legged floral trousers with a simple black shirt tucked in at the waist gives a sophisticated style and an office-friendly vibe for work. Lazy BBQs and summer drinks are ripe for jersey palazzo trousers with exotic summer flowers paired with a simple plain tee. Or for trews with a large flower print, keep things simple with a plain white tee and a neutral blazer. 

What to wear with floral boots?

If all-over-floral is not your style, then start small with some funky floral shoes or boots. Emphasise floral ankle boots with a pair of cropped skinny jeans, white shirt and blazer to make a bold statement while staying ultra-casual.

A plain t-shirt dress with embroidered floral boots is a great summer look too. It sets an edgy vibe, while the loose-fitting dress will keep you looking and feeling cool in the summer sun.

Get flirty with florals this summer

Whether you prefer bold florals from head to toe, or smaller, ditsy-printed flowers paired with block colours or denim, it’s easy to flash the flowers and look blooming fantastic this season.

Want to discover more floral clothing and accessories to pep up your wardrobe? Check out our flower crazy Reliked VIBs who are inviting you to steal their style with a range of preloved floral outfits. 

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Subscribe to our newsletter