“Not another floral dress,” you mutter as you scroll through your blog feed.
Why is that we’re somehow obliged to wear floral prints during summer? What is the rationale behind the flowery craze? If you, like me, are feeling bored and uninspired, then look no further than this floral dress alternative: the sleeveless, minimal striped dress.
Don’t get me wrong, I love floral. I went through a phase of buying more floral shorts than I could ever wear three years ago. These prints are good investments – each spring sees a fresh round of bloggers taking out their dresses, skirts and rompers, all dotted with flowers, from their closets. But people grow, and personal style changes. I’ve since donated all my patterned pieces and have switched to what I call my “floral dress alternative”.
See the outfit in action:
Minimal striped dress
Cue the Minimal Striped Dress (link here). It puts a spin on your everyday striped t-shirt, trading in the horizontals for verticals. Stripes are great, but vertical stripes are even better. If you’re conscious of your wider frame but have always loved wearing lines, then rejoice! This floral dress alternative is your new best friend. It ditches the flowers, elongates the silhouette and best of all, you can find it for a huge steal in Mong Kok’s Argyle Centre.
When it comes to my sock pairings for a dress, I’m always partial to the Uniqlo Crew Socks (link here). Because this floral dress alternative of mine sits a few inches above my knees, I feel somewhat
shy obligated to cover the large amount of leg on show. I mean, my legs aren’t particularly drool-worthy anyway. If you’re going for a short, casual dress, try matching it with socks above ankle length, and opt for a plain coloured pair to keep the attention on the stripes.
As with basically all of my outfits lately, I suggest donning on some trainers to complete the look. I gravitate between a few of my favourite pairs but my white Nike Air Force 1‘s (link here) goes the best with the minimal striped dress. When you’re choosing a pair of kicks to wrap up your floral dress alternative, think along the same lines as you did for the socks – keep it simple and plain-coloured for overall balance.
Casual dresses in grey go well with muted colours, and if you have a lot of things to lug around, then you can’t go wrong with the Green Cotton Canvas Bag (link here). I always seem to take mine out on days I decide to wear dresses. It makes perfect sense because it complements a flowing figure so well. Take it from me, this canvas bag, or any canvas bag for that matter, is the essential touch-up to your floral dress alternative.
For those days when you’re not feeling particularly dressy and need a floral dress alternative, the minimal striped dress is your answer. Sure, florals are great for spring and summer, but remember to change it up every once in a while! Let me know in the comments below what you like to wear as an alternative to floral dresses!
I’ve got you all covered for outfit inspiration:
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- The Short Girl’s Survival Guide to Wearing a Long Coat
- What Not to Wear on the Coldest Day of the Year
- Why Rose Quartz Is Still My Favourite Pantone Colour of the Year
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