The dress you need (that isn't a dress)
If you've spent much time here you'll know I'm a big fan of clothes that mix and match to create endless outfit possibilities. Of course, knowing your seasonal palette improves the mix-and-matchability of your clothes by orders of magnitude, but that doesn't mean there isn't still even more flexibility possible within your wardrobe.
And that's where the Vinny Skirt and Floral Print Ruched Crossover come in. These two little wardrobe heroes really want to help you create endless outfit combinations with clothes you already own, without needing to add dozens of pieces to your wardrobe. These two really are all you need to add to your wardrobe right now.
Not only are the print colours carefully selected to sit entirely within your seasonal palette, but they also work when paired with both neutrals and brights - either picking out colours from the prints or choosing totally contrasting shades from the same seasonal palette. This means they can be styled over and over again, for completely different looks. And as if that wasn't enough, the clever tummy disguising ruching on the top means it layers over the skirt without an obvious join line, so that you can pair them together as a dress for maximum prettiness without sacrificing an ounce of style.
Before we get onto outfits, you'll want to know which colour floral print you're going to be going for, so if you don't already know your seasonal palette, head over to the Colour Quiz to get started with your journey into colour!
Start at the bottom
The Vinny skirt is such a pretty style - along with the retro-inspired floral, it features a gentle A-line shape and fluted hem to add a feminine flip. Styling it with a neutral top half really allows the print to shine and keeps the whole look smart enough for more formal occasions. However, switch out those neutrals on top for something bright and beautiful and you've instantly got something totally different and whole lot more fun.
Vinny Skirt with a Neutral Top
Vinny Skirt with a Bright Top
Head for the top
The Floral Ruched Crossover is such a hero piece. The ruching over the tummy disguises all manner of lumps and bumps, making it surprisingly forgiving for a smarter fitted top. It can also be worn with and without a camisole underneath, depending on your proportions. Paired with neutrals the top speaks for itself, with enough interest in the print to make even the laziest outfit days a breeze. Add a splash of colour though, and the floral print really comes to life, with the colours in the print picked out and emphasised.
Floral Ruched Crossover with Neutral Bottoms
Floral Ruched Crossover with Bright Layering