• By: Alexandra Hunt

In Full Bloom

Above: Kate Spade / Michael Kors / Kate Spade / Michael Kors / Kate Spade

Never Have Florals For Spring Felt Fresher

From Kate Spade to Michael Kors, floral prints are all over the spring/summer runways. From graphic to abstract, the trend is easy to incorporate into your current wardrobe and can be applied by wearing the print all over or simply by adding pretty blossoms into accessories. To wear this runway look in the office, pick a vibrant print and pair it with neutral separates. A blazer is an easy addition and can change your entire look while maintaining a professional appeal.


nordstromExpect to see bright blossoms at the new Nordstrom in the Rideau Centre this season. Gregg Andrews, Nordstrom’s Fashion Creative Director, says “Fashionable flowers will bloom in every variety imaginable, from retro roses and countrified posies, to exotic jungle orchids and bright bold blossoms. Footwear and bags will also be part of the growing floral trend, so a woman can start with a few flowers to accent her solid apparel pieces.”

The natural beauty of flowers is a fresh and fast way to add an instant pop of bright and bold colour to your current day or weekend look. Make the pattern the focus of your outfit with a sleeveless dress, like the above drop waist option from Cece by Cynthia Steffe found at Nordstrom.

Ask Alex: Resort Style

Q: I’m planning a spring vacation with a group of friends to Hawaii. What stylish essentials should I pack?

A: Start with a focus on footwear. Select sandals that can be worn to dinner at night but will hold up during a full day of touring the sights. Pack a few pairs that have embellishments or a striking colour and then decide on clothing that will match. Secondly, spend some time finding a couple bathing suits that you’ll love to put on. Right now, full piece bathing suits are on trend and they’re a far cry from frumpy. Not only do they offer a bit more coverage, but they now come in bold designs that feature cut-outs, graphic prints or include full length sleeves so you can surf in style.