Flower Power

As Easter Awaits, Floral Prints Take Root

Our favorite Easter dresses are all grown up in florals that go from whimsically girly to stylishly modern.

By Layne Lynch March 24, 2015

From left: Kate Spade Garden Leaves piqué a-line dress, $348; Erin Featherston Fit & Flare dress, $325; Oscar de la Renta Watercolor Botanical stretch cotton dress, $990.

Now that we’re knee-deep into March, we’ve noticed a verdant change in the fashion environment. Black peacoats, knee-high boots and wool infinity scarves have given way to landscape-enlivened tea-length dresses, cheeky flower crop tops and flirty skinny jeans in pink, blue, yellow, purple and other spring shades. 

Eliza J belted print faille fit-and-flare dress, $138 at Nordstrom.

Yes, spring fashion is in full bloom and floral prints are forever en vogue. Through the decades, these feminine pastels have found favor with topsy turvy toddlers, chic twenty-somethings and well-dressed dames, which is why we’ve formed such a love affair with these ageless frocks. Now that Easter is peeking right around the corner, it’s time to pick out a springy Sunday dress for the occasion, whether you're dressing for Passover, a garden party, the Kentucky Derby, or an afternoon wedding. Here are a few of our favorites to flatter every style.

Those looking to save on this year’s Easter dress will find a match in this romantic, fit and flare Eliza J dress. The pattern is bright, festive and perhaps a little over the top, but it’s an ageless garb you’ll wear one hundred times over.

Comfortable yet classic, this flowy, sleeveless Erin Fetherston dress (top, middle) looks like it sprang right out of Kate Middleton’s closet. Intricate vines and white roses dominate the fabric, and the well-tailored fit does the rest of the amazing work. Eye-catching but muted, women of all shapes will fall in love with full-bodied skirt and slimming waistline.

Vince Camuto sleeveless photo floral print shift dress, $129 at Bloomingdale's.

Not everyone is down for rocking an Easter dress, and that’s where modern designers like Cynthia Rowley come in. This black and watercolor floral top is sexy but demure and pairs well with a solid skirt or the designer’s gorgeous matching leggings.

This Vince Camuto dress (shown at right) is a modern take on everlasting florals. Utilizing geometric patterns, this fashion powerhouse has crafted a brilliant take on landscapes and shapes.

Maeve Tea Garden sheath, $178 at Anthropologie.

Anthropologie is a garden of festive floral clothing. This fitted Maeve dress (shown at left) boasts a rich shower of flowers with a flattering fit that’s very Mary Crawley-esque. It’s fancy enough to wear to a wedding, but professional enough to pull off during the 8-5 workday. 

For many, there is no greater master of floral prints than Oscar De la Renta. An absolute legend in the gown world, Oscar De la Renta  brings simple elegance to fruition with this demure botanical print (top, right). Movie stars and everyday consumers alike have an affection for Oscar’s perfect prints.

Those who aren’t crazy about florals will find this Kate Spade option (top, left) is right up their alley. Never before has a bed of leaves looked so fabulous.



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