Frumpy Florals 2: (Layered)

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How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Frumpy Florals for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With Layering

Quote of the day: “Whoever brings you the most peace should get the most time.” Rev. Run

This experiment all started from a request from a reader who loves her floral shirts. Yet her concern was to not appear mumsy (her word—don’t you love it?). So I really thought about how one could wear a floral shirt to make it appear more stylish!

Along these lines, my first reaction is to add a jacket or some kind of layer to a shirt. Maybe it’s because of all the years I wore a blazer to work to set the tone for professionalism? So I thought I’d try this same trick for the floral shirts. I consciously varied our layers with a vest (or in this case, a sleeveless blazer), a cardigan and a jacket to try to give some ideas of how it could look. And again, I left off the multitude of accessories we usually wear in order to put the focus on the florals!

As I explained in the first post (here-where we kept it simple with pants & shoes),  how not to look  mumsy is an interesting speculation! I also talked about the theory behind what I picked for our mumsy looks in the first post if you’re interested. Can you take a piece of clothing that could look very old fashioned, and bring it into the 21st century? I’d love to hear your opinions on this topic—tell me below in the comments! Don’t forget to see these shirts with modern accessories too.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: These longer vests are really taking center stage recently. I’ve seen them on many younger bloggers (which means they are really in fashion, right?) and I’m sure any of us older women can wear them! Just think, if you have a longer blazer that you never wear anymore, you could take off the sleeves, and wear it as a vest!

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Another detail on this outfit of mine, is the brooch on the vest. I know I promised to keep the accessories at a minimum, but I just love this pink sparkle on the solid colored piece!


How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Pants: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Vest: Forever 21-thrifted (similar here in a lighter blue)~~Top: Liva Girl (similar here with a choker neckline–that’ll make it look fun!)~~Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I really think this is my favorite of the three of our outfits for this post. Maybe because it’s only been recently that I’ve embraced mixing my prints in my outfits–so it’s still new and exciting.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Thus I thought I’d pull out all the stops and throw a leopard cardigan over Nancy’s floral shirt. We actually used this same floral shirt in our print mixing post (you can see it here), but paired it with striped pants!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Another aspect that I think looks more modern here is the white pants. I’m sure we’ve all heard that the rule about no white after Labor Day has changed–so let’s enjoy it!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Pants: J. Jill (similar here)~~Cardigan: H&M (similar here on sale)~~Top: Croft & Barrow (similar here in long sleeves)~~Shoes: Merona (similar here almost exact)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Not that you want to cover your floral shirt entirely, but adding a great jacket is an easy step!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Faux leather is everywhere lately, and mom really loved the two toned details on this one. We picked it up at Macy’s last year when it was on sale. Of course, she had to shorten the sleeves, but it looks so hip, don’t you think?

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

If you’re anything like my mom, you will question the choice of sandals in this outfit. If it’s cold enough for a jacket, why would the feet be exposed? But there’s so many times, it’s only chilly in the mornings, and then the temperatures really climb. Besides, I love the look of wedge sandals with jeans—I feel it’s quite trendy!

How to make your floral shirt less frumpy.

Jeans: Bill Blass (similar here)~~Jacket: INC (similar here in a suede, but no white in it)~~Top: Laura Scott (similar here)~~Shoes: Old Navy-thrifted (similar here–good for you looking for comfort)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here)

Do you love floral shirts? Or do you feel mumsy wearing them? I love hearing your logic!

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Here’s some other fun layers to add to your floral shirts: