For many of us, Spring isn’t quite here. We not seeing warmer temperatures yet, unfortunately. So you might be easing into spring, right? One way to do that is with a long sleeve floral shirt dress.
I know some of you are not quite as enthralled as I am with bright spring colors. But you can still show some spring spirit with a print, even in muted colors. This black and tan floral is a great way to do that. And neutrals are also a trend this spring so you’ll be right on trend.
My Story with Florals
Whenever I buy or style a floral print I think of my husband’s reaction back in the ’80s. Laura Ashley prints were big. They had stores in almost every mall. (You know, when we used to have to go to the mall to buy our clothes?) Does anyone remember that? Well, I just had to try one on! So into the store and into the dressing room I went with a very pretty pink floral print. When I came out and asked my husband what he thought, he said something about how great a tablecloth it would make! Lol! Will I never learn not to ask him his opinion on fashion?!
Unfortunately, I agreed with him. On me, at least, heavy prints are not a good look. And the fabrics then were heavier in a bit of a prairie dress look. Since I tend to look better in things that are at least a bit tailored, I never did get a Laura Ashley dress. Now, of course, they are totally vintage and very expensive to buy!
You can see some examples of the prairie and grannie dress on this Pinterest page.
Even though the Laura Ashley dress wasn’t for me, however, I can still wear a floral dress as long as it’s a bit more fitted like the shirt dress I’m sharing today.
This dress makes a great transition piece with the black and tan floral print. It’s the kind of dress you can style with boots or sandals so you can wear it year-round.
After a lunch date, we headed for the nursery to pick up some spring vegetables for the garden. The plants and flowers are glorious after all the rain! So, yes, you can even wear it to the nursery! Lol!
This dress has a bit of a high-low, being a tad longer in the back. While this isn’t usually something I like, I think it works with the rounding at the side seams.
The shirt dress style also makes it suitable for work wear, and you could layer it under a blazer or tailored cardigan for work.
I’m showing it today with low-heeled suede sandals. You can pick them up in tan or navy: Knotted Wedge Sandals. You can see I’m styling my legs bare even though they are not ready for show. I’ll quote a friend once again, who said, “These are the only legs I’ve got, so I’m wearing them!” My mantra as well.
The cute shoulder or crossbody bag is a bit bigger than some so holds my most important things well. The “griege” color makes it very versatile. It comes in several colors but is going fast at Nordstrom Rack, so take a look here: leather crossbody bag.
I hope you’re ready to sprout some spring regardless of your weather! It’s easy to do with a black and tan floral shirt dress!