We hate to break it to you, but there’s still more than a month to go until spring officially starts – and with February so far delivering what feels like a whole winter’s worth of rain, hail, sleet and (for some of us) snow, there’s no chance of packing away our jumpers and coats just yet.
But if you’re looking for an easy way to wake up your wardrobe in the mean time, we might have the answer: florals.
That’s right, gone are the days when flowery motifs were limited only to warmer months and floaty frocks; now we’re seeing sporty shapes and statement separates emblazoned with bold petal prints, making them the ideal transitional pieces.
Here are four blooming lovely way to wear winter florals right now…
1. Floral knitwear
As seen on the catwalks at Prada and Christopher Kane, vintage style knitwear is back this season, and it’s the perfect way to bring a hint of blossom while still keeping cosy. Look for Fifties-inspired fine knits with floral embroidery or puff-sleeved Eighties jumpers – if it looks like your granny might have knitted it, you’re on the right track.
Monsoon Mara Multicolour Jacquard Jumper, currently reduced to £49 from £69
Dorothy Perkins Navy Knitted Embroidered T-Shirt, currently reduced to £18 from £24
1. Floral blouses
Winter florals don’t always have to be dark. Blouses in cool pastel shades, like lavender and mint, are equally at home with acid wash or black denim. And if you’re loving the return of flares (us too), a Seventies-esque wrap shirt with flute sleeves and a painterly floral print is a must.
If chintzy petals and ruffles are a bit too ‘girly-girl’ for you, the athleisure-meets-azaleas trend will be right up your street. We’re talking sweatshirts, grey marl tees, trainers and even raincoats. With added flower power in the form of subtle embroidery or realistic botanical prints, these sleek pieces are easy to team with your favourite track pants and trainers.
Matalan Floral Top, £14, and matching Skirt, £16 (available from late February)
M&Co Floral Print Mac Coat, £55, and Fly Front Jeggings, £24
Cotton Edits Embroidered Sweatshirt, £30, and Black Jeans, £35
4. Pyjama shirts
The silk pyjama-style shirt trend gets a pretty petal-powered makeover this season, giving it a cool retro feel. Dress up your slouchy shirt by teaming it with an mannish trouser suit, or keep it casual with boyfriend jeans and brogues.