Dress Lily & Lionel £130 in the sale 2018

Beryl and Jane like florals, but they can be a flower petal strewn minefield for the WOACA, more WI plant stall than Fleabag cool (think Fleabag's red tea-dress at her father's wedding). Here is Jane (who will be insufferable)
ahead of the curve in a red flowery number of last year. Jane and Beryl gather their blossom filled thoughts and bring you 10 things to do, and not to do, with florals.
   
 BEWARE THE FLOWERY DRESS 
CARDI- COMBO 
Jane and Beryl feel your pain and realise that this is like telling the average British WOACA that the tea shop is closed until further notice, but this combination is just plain ageing. Jane and Beryl mix their florals with blazers or denim, for a more contemporary vibe.   




AVOID THE MATCHING TOP 
AND BOTTOM...

Top £39, trouser £99 Halluber this season. 
Jane snatched up this combo with joy in her heart, but once in the changing room her face fell, along with her bosoms. Oh, dear, it may be comfort personified, but style has upped and fled. What a shame: Jane puts it down to the colour (green was never a favourite) and the rather large print?

...EXCEPT WHEN COMBINED AS A JUMPSUIT

Jumpsuit Whistles £130


Strangely, this does not apply to the jumpsuit, where the head to toe nature of the garment has a calming effect. 

EMBRACE THE FLORAL SWIMSUIT


There is a wonderful scene in the comedy series Better Things, when Sam Fox, played by Pamela Aldon, goes to buy her mother (Celia Imrie) a new swimsuit in a department store. 'Have you got anything for an old English lady with gigantic tits?' she asks. The shop assistant then basically produces this swimsuit. There is no way back with swimsuits. Beryl who now has substantial lady parts, is not going to be wearing three tiny triangles of hot pink neoprene any time soon. Hot pink big flowers, it is then. 

SUBTLETY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME

Trousers, Oasis, £34 two years ago
For some time now, Oasis has been the home of the vintage floral taking their inspiration from the archives of the V&A no less. These trews are one of Jane's favourites teaming lovely colours with a subtle yet interesting print. More, please!

LOOK TO THE THIRTIES


Fashion is having a Durrell-esque moment. Jane and Beryl love this look, which is elegant and flesh covering and can be worn with flats - also on trend with the demise of the heel.   



BEWARE THE UPHOLSTERED SOFA LOOK


This dress is in Bezza's 'to go' bag. Figure hugging dresses covered in flowers suddenly seem a bit old-fashioned. 

                            AND RELAX...  


Dress Bailey and Bueto £195,
 with thanks to Fifi and Moose, Newbury 

Go for loose shapes, and follow the dazzling young things and wear everything with  pumps.

DITSY OR ORIENTAL, BUT NOT SPLASHY




Sometimes fashion is just plain annoying, but if you are investing in a new floral piece this summer, small flowers or anything with a hint of the East are currently more modish.  



WEAR FLORALS WITH JOY IN YOUR HEART!

Smock top Anthropologie £84
Put a braid in your hair and add a touch of insouciance to your demeanour and just maybe you can pull off florals. Here, Alli wears two tops which remind Jane and Beryl of tropical climes, holidays past and yet to come and a relaxed vibe all round. What's not to like? 



Pyjama top worn as a blouse, Anthropologie £38






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