Keep Wearing It: Floral and Lace for Fall

The weather has changed ever so slightly, bringing with it a cold breeze that just wasn’t there a month ago. But before you go relinquishing your summer staples to the back of the closet, we have news for you: floral and lace are perfect for fall and winter, too!

Floral prints and peak-a-boo lace were spotted on some of the top pre-fall runways this year – from Tory Burch to Giambattista Valli – with designers splashing large, abstract designs across pant suits, sweaters and floor grazing dresses. Meanwhile, lace and mesh peeked out through skirt pleats and covered many a shoulder, working double-time as an extra layer and a dash of playfulness.

 So, take a page from the pros and hold on to that summer feelin’ just a little bit longer with some of our favorite ideas from the runways: 

 Go Dark

 We don’t necessarily subscribe to the idea of not wearing white after Labor Day, but the easiest way to pull off fall floral and lace, is to think darker, muted tones. Floral patterns with jewel tones are beautiful and can be dressed up or down – like this top from Cinq a Sept.

A darker pallet lends a luxe, mysterious feel and makes all the difference when it comes to transitioning a floral print into fall.

 Think About Silhouette

 Cooler temperatures mean less skin and the key to wearing a seemingly summer pattern – florals – year-round is thinking about the silhouette of your outfit. A cozy sweater, long dress or matching two-piece pantsuit keep you season-appropriate while providing the freedom to play with prints and details. Some of our favorite lace and floral items right now are found on bomber jackets and maxi skirts, which are just as comfortable as they are stylish.

Remember to let your floral items take center stage here – keep accessories to a minimum and chose neutral tones to balance out the busy print.

Pile on the Layers

 Another look spotted at New York Fashion Week? Shirts layered under dresses. One of the best ways to keep wearing your favorite floral midi throughout the year, is to layer it with a long sleeved shirt underneath. We’d make it casual and wear a turtleneck underneath, or go for a crisp, white button-up for work.

 And while we are on the topic of layers, don’t be afraid to mix prints or different lace patterns. Make the look effortless by wearing different patterns in the same color, or the same pattern in different colors.