finding your perfect flora |style|

I don’t typically wear a lot of floral prints but when I saw this dress, I knew it belonged in Miami with me. Tropical prints have been everywhere this year & I couldn’t be happier about it. I’m a lover of all things summer through & through (hence my blog’s name) so naturally I gravitate towards anything that reminds me of hot weather, tropical plants, & the ocean.

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Through the Jungle Maxi Dress | The Mint Julep Boutique

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Live in the Sunshine Necklace [in silver]

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I have always been keen on the aesthetic of floral patterns & love seeing them on other people. In the past I’ve just felt like they didn’t quite suit my personal style very well. In fact, I used to stay away from florals altogether but I’d prefer not to exclude something so broad from my wardrobe. I realized that for me it all comes down to the color story and size of the actual flowers. In terms of color, I am drawn to tones that are either really muted or really bright. Regarding size, I prefer larger prints despite my pint-sized stature; it’s kind of a “go hard or go home” mentality on that one. I’ve also found that when I wear florals, 99.9% of the time they have a very tropical vibe. There’s just something about the juxtaposition of the jagged leaves next to the plush flowers that I really love.

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Although I would consider this a “bright” color story—especially considering that the yellow isn’t backing down for anyone—I am so in love with the muted blues & greens of the leaves. They don’t compete with the yellow & they keep the dress from being so busy that it hurts your eyes.

So if you’re struggling with the idea of stepping out into public covered in a bouquet of blooms, remember some of my tips and see if you too can find your perfect print. All alliteration aside, it’s up to you to decide what color combinations, print size, & flower patterns you are drawn to. Summer is the perfect time to put a little playfulness in your wardrobe. Have fun, go bananas.

XX – Rachael

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