I hate to disagree with Miranda Priestly, but floral dresses for spring can be ground-breaking, and indeed they very much are this season.
High-street and designer brands have excelled themselves with their SS22 collections, ticking off all the big summer trends with a mix of classic floral prints as well as bolder takes on it, with a plethora of styles and cuts, from whimsical gowns to more tailored dresses.
Floral dresses for weddings
I won’t use the P word, but safe to say, you’ve probably got a fair few weddings to catch up on this season, and so you’ll possibly have to invest in some new wedding guest dresses. If you want to stand out from the crowd, do take the ‘feel good dress’ trend – first seen for SS21 and still going strong for SS22 – seriously and opt for loud prints and bold colours. This season I’m especially loving greens, pinks and oranges.
Designers such as Roksanda, Zimmermann and Valentino have all given florals a fresh twist that you’ll find very hard to resist. If you’d rather take your florals with a side of subtle, that’s fine too, because pastels, monochromes and discreet prints all mean you can tick the trend box without falling into the saccharine. Try Aje, Rixo and Zara for some great understated examples.
Summer floral dresses
Florals can of course be worn all year round, however there’s nothing like a new summer dress to fully embrace the trend. For a look that’s not too fussy, try pairing your frock with chunky sandals: Tevas and Birkenstocks are having a bit of a renewal this season. If you want to dress up, you can’t go wrong with heeled sandals or mules.
Whichever way you go, you can shop my edit of the best floral dresses below, including mini, midi and maxi dresses.
Delicately embroidered with carnations that pop against the blush backdrop, this dress made from organic cotton-voile and has an A-line silhouette.
The exclusive collection for Mytheresa is made of 32 beautiful pieces, incorporating the iconic Zimmermann silhouettes and floral prints on ready-to-wear styles, as well as new accessories and swimwear.
This woven 100% sustainable ecovero midi dress is complete with a mix and match floral print.
For the wallflowers (sorry not sorry) amongst you, this monochrome frock is a great way to do florals in a subtle way.
This 'Taormina' style has been locally made in Bali from printed crepe created using FSC-certified fibres.
This is a perfect example of how to do floral dresses in a non ditzy way.
A simple linen dress perfect for your next holiday.
You can't go wrong with Reformation for a sexy summer dress, and the LA label is especially known for its cute florals.
This mini dress is cut from floral-print georgette, it's traced with tiny ruffles and has a flattering V-neckline and puffed sleeves with elasticated cuffs.
This white Borgo De Nor Esme floral maxi dress is crafted from cotton and made in Portugal. Shaped for a slim fit at the bust and waist, and loose at the hip, it features an all-over multicoloured pattern with a sweetheart neckline, short sleeves, self-tie waist, button placket, concealed pockets and a full length.
Crafted from pure cotton, this lightweight dress features a whimsical floral print. It has been designed to fall loosely over the body and is cut to a midi length. Wear it with or without a belt depending on what fit you'd like.
This brightly coloured frock has a regular fit with a shirred waist for a flattering silhouette.
This lightweight cotton number features elbow length puff sleeves and a tiered ruffle silhouette to create a flattering feminine style.
The cut-out details on this dress make it bang on trend for SS22.