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July 30, 2014

Floral After 5: We Love It, We Love It Not…We Love It!

The weather’s great, and you are heading out for the evening. Or, you’re getting ready for a shower or wedding – don’t we have tons of those in the summer? Maybe you have a charity or work function. Sophistication can come in many forms. And while it may not be the first thing you think of, one of those ways is by adding some floral into your look. That can be done through a beautiful print or an intricate floral lace. It reminds us that it’s summer, the weather’s great, and we’re going to appreciate it. Plus, it’s going to take you into fall effortlessly, as this is a story that continues as the weather cools.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and see you tomorrow for our top patterned picks for casual dressing.
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Jean Paul Gaultier - Floral Print Tulle Dress
Floral Print Tulle Dress
Jean Paul Gaultier
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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This one is getting endless oohhh’s and aahhh’s around the office. It truly is timeless luxury. If you need a dress that makes you feel like a million bucks, this is it. It is lined, and made of layers of a tulle (mesh-like) fabric over that. This makes it quite slimming (though we always suggest a shaper to create the smoothest lines possible) and comes in a nice range of sizes up to XXL. Honestly, we can’t say enough good things about this dress. It’s the perfect timeless option for a business function or a cocktail party. It’s grounded in brown, but there is black in the floral pattern so it will work with a pair of classic black pumps.


http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446718172 MILLY - Butterfly Sleeve Silk Dress
MILLY - Butterfly Sleeve Silk Dress
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MILLY - Butterfly Sleeve Silk Dress
Butterfly Sleeve Silk Dress
MILLY
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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A stunning fall palette in a floral pattern, as well as an easy silhouette? We can’t ask for much more. This is a shorter shift style, but keep in mind the model is 5’10” and wearing a size 4, so the dress will not be this short on most of us. It should be worn above the knee to properly accentuate the loose fit and flowing butterfly sleeves – a best selling feature in MILLY’s line this season. This dress is perfect for an evening out or any not truly formal event with strappy heels. You will be able to wear this with tights or stockings come fall.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446706105 Marchesa Voyage - Floral Knit Tank Dress
Marchesa Voyage - Floral Knit Tank Dress
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Marchesa Voyage - Floral Knit Tank Dress
Floral Knit Tank Dress
Marchesa Voyage
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We love the sophistication of this graphic black and white floral pattern in such a feminine style. This is a flattering silhouette for everyone -  especially those of us who want to accentuate our waists and conceal our hips, since there is a bit of pleating that flares the skirt out at the hip. The immaculate design detail is really no surprise - this is from the designers of Marchesa, famous for dressing stars on the red carpet. Marchesa Voyage is the contemporary (= less expensive) ready-to-wear line, so we all get a chance to wear it. It's perfect for a day wedding or cocktail party. And it still looks great with a little jacket or wrap.
http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Nanette-Lepore-Motive-Floral-Print-Silk-Top-5F-Prints/prod102450026_cat405203__/p.prod? Nanette Lepore - Motive Floral-Print Silk Top
Nanette Lepore - Motive Floral-Print Silk Top
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Nanette Lepore - Motive Floral-Print Silk Top
Motive Floral-Print Silk Top
Nanette Lepore
Sold by: Begdorf Goodman

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Nanette Lepore has created a striking silk blouse for the end of summer in beautiful transitional shades of blue and an easy fitting shape. This fit-and-flare styling and little sleeve is very forgiving, perfect with slim black trousers
https://www.shopbop.com/grey-gardens-flocked-jersey-tee/vp/v=1/1554980524.htm Rebecca Taylor - Grey Gardens Fused Jersey Tee
Rebecca Taylor - Grey Gardens Fused Jersey Tee
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Rebecca Taylor - Grey Gardens Fused Jersey Tee
Grey Gardens Fused Jersey Tee
Rebecca Taylor
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A version for cooler nights and days to come…this cute top is perfect for a casual night of drinks and dinner, too. It has a swingy silhouette, making it very forgiving…perfect for a big, yummy meal. And the floral pattern is actually a flat velvet, giving this top some great texture. The bold blue is a very flattering color for most hair and skin colors, and will pair with skinny dark rinse jeans or black skinny pants  effortlessly.

http://www.dvf.com/betty-lace-shell-top/S836201L14.html Diane von Furstenberg - Betty Lace Shell Top
Diane von Furstenberg - Betty Lace Shell Top
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Diane von Furstenberg - Betty Lace Shell Top
Betty Lace Shell Top
Diane von Furstenberg
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DVF knows feminine, yet strong, styling. This lace sleeveless top certainly says that. It’s rare to see a lace that reads like a floral print in the way this does, demonstrating its beautifully high-end quality. While DVF shows it with the coordinating short, which is tons of fun, it is just as stylish with a straight black skirt or skinny pants. The back is a simple black jersey, perfect for the pairing.



http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Cynthia-Steffe-Briella-Sleeveless-Floral-Print-Sheath-Dress/prod168790473___/p.prod Cynthia Steffe - Briella Sleeveless Floral-Print Sheath Dress
Cynthia Steffe - Briella Sleeveless Floral-Print Sheath Dress
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Cynthia Steffe - Briella Sleeveless Floral-Print Sheath Dress
Briella Sleeveless Floral-Print Sheath Dress
Cynthia Steffe
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We love this color combination of deep navy with a pop of red. It’s perfect for the end of summer. This sheath is made of a knit rayon – like a comfortable, medium weight sweater. Great for dinner, straight from a busy day at the office, with its crewneck and full coverage. But with its contemporary fit and striking floral pattern, it’s definitely not business as usual. Wear it with simple nude pumps or strappy heels.





http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tadashi-shoji-lace-embellished-neoprene-sheath-dress/3800692 Tadashi Shoji - Lace Embellished Neoprene Sheath Dress
Tadashi Shoji - Lace Embellished Neoprene Sheath Dress
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Tadashi Shoji - Lace Embellished Neoprene Sheath Dress
Lace Embellished Neoprene Sheath Dress
Tadashi Shoji
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Tadashi Shoji is known for amazing dresses for an array of womens sizes, which is one of the many reasons to love this neoprene and floral lace dress. Neoprene is similar material to a scuba suit (but it’s a lot more comfortable). The sturdy stretchy fabric definitely smooths and helps shape, which we can certainly appreciate. And the beautiful colors are not only flattering, but they continue to work as we get in to the fall season. So, if you have an event now and another in September or October, you can wear it for both…assuming there will be different guests, of course!
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eliza-j-embellished-print-chiffon-maxi-dress/3728481 Eiza J - Embellished Print Chiffon Maxi Dress
Eiza J - Embellished Print Chiffon Maxi Dress
You’ll exude lady-like elegance in this Eliza J dress – and it’s a great price, too. If you are attending a formal affair before the weather gets cool, this wonderful option will be sure to get you compliments. The wrap detail at the waist accentuates your smallest feature and flows out effortlessly for comfort and beauty. The back does have an elongated keyhole opening, so if you need to wear a strapless bra, we suggest taking it to a tailor who can partially close it up. It’s worth it.


http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446717036& Alexander McQueen - Floral Print Silk Clutch
Alexander McQueen - Floral Print Silk Clutch
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Alexander McQueen - Floral Print Silk Clutch
Floral Print Silk Clutch
Alexander McQueen
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This clutch is too gorgeous to pass up. Made of silk in a striking, yet subtle, floral pattern, it has leather detail and all the style to dress up any black outfit. From something casual for dinner or drinks to an elegant black gown, this clutch will not only work, it will complete your outfit.

http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1005700&vid=1&pid=798342232 Kate Spade - Licorice
Kate Spade - Licorice
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Kate Spade - Licorice
Licorice
Kate Spade
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Another way to work some floral in to your outfit is with the sophisticated floral Kate Spade uses in this best selling pump style. This floral pattern, grounded in black, will dress up a pair of jeans and a t-shirt just as easily as it will a black jumpsuit, skirt or cropped pants. And they’re leather, not fabric, giving them even more versatility.


 

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