Garden Florals & Stripes

It's safe to say that Spring fever has hit me full swing. 
Yes, even amidst the sporadic rain storms that have been hitting L.A. recently. In between the gloomy, rainy days, there have thankfully been a string of warm and gorgeous days where temps have reached the mid-70s range. And on these days, I can't help but excitedly reach for all my favorite pretty floral-print blouses, flared skirts, and strappy sandals. There's just something about this combo that puts a little extra pep in my step. ;-)

What's not to love when garden florals and classic stripes collide?The juxtaposition of a soft, romantic print with a bold, classic one just works so well, and is one of my favorite mixes -- especially for Spring!

Every girl needs at least one pretty, floral blouse and one striped, flared skirt in her wardrobe, especially for creating the perfect pattern-mixed look. Both pieces are highly versatile on their own and can be easily mixed and matched with other pieces. I can never say no to florals and stripes, but combine them and it's all the heart eyes! This darling top shown here is actually a peplum top, which I'm styling as a regular tank. This is a great trick for diversifying your outfits and getting the most use of your favorite peplums -- just neatly tuck the peplum folds into your skirt until they are flat, and voila! The flare of the skirt will camouflage any remaining small lumps or bumps. Please don't try this trick with pencil skirts or other form-fitting skirts for obvious reasons. ;-)

If you're looking to add a few similar floral blouses to your wardrobe to re-create this look, try here, here, or here. These ones all have hushed tones that I love, and will contrast nicely with dark stripes. I also found a couple of cute and classic flared skirts at varying price points here and here.  

My trick for pattern-mixing these two prints? 
I always keep the print proportions varied. 
If choosing a large floral print, I pair it with a thinner-striped print; inversely, I pair smaller/micro florals with thicker stripes. It keeps the look balanced and not overly busy. You can get creative and opt to add a third print, but more oftentimes than not, I limit the mix to only two prints; it's just my personal preference. 

To break up the prints for this look, I added a wide, leather belt in a nude color. The neutral color doesn't compete with the other colors/prints, adds a nice textural element, and cinches the waist. I also like that it gives this look the effect of wearing a belted dress versus a top-skirt combo.

Cute, strappy sandals in a nude/camel color are also a must-have, not only for Spring, but year-round. I wear mine all.the.time. They look great with anything and everything and have the added benefit of elongating your legs -- yes and yes for us petite gals! Any time the weather warms up, you'll find me in these pretties. These criss-cross suede ones from Ann Taylor are so soft and comfortable, but the best part is their lace-back detailing. So fun! These exact ones are from last year and have since sold out, but I found a couple of similar suede options for you here and here.

My favorite Tory Burch Thea Triple-Zip Satchel in porcelain-pink completes the look and plays nicely off the flowers in the top. Simple and sweet.

Nordstrom Floral Peplum Top - old (similar hereherehere) // 
Chicwish Navy-Striped Flare Skirt - old (similar herehere) // 
Ann Taylor Wide Nude Leather Belt - old (similar herehere) // 
Ann Taylor Criss-Cross Suede Heels - old (similar herehere) // 
Ann Taylor Crystal Disc Earrings - old (similar here) // Gold Choker Necklace - gifted (similar here)
Tory Burch Thea Triple-Zip Satchel - old (similar hereherehere) // 

Do you have Spring fever, too? 
What are some of your favorite go-to looks for Spring?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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