Desk to Dinner: Bold Florals


By Nica Dobles from THREAD PH

Whether you’re meeting clients or meeting friends, this trend will have you blooming.

We know what you’re thinking:

But hear us out: these aren’t your grandma’s classic pastel, ultrafeminine prints. This season’s florals play with bigger patterns and bolder colors for a more sophisticated look. This makes them perfect for days when you’re going straight from meeting clients to meeting friends — appropriate for work, but still fun enough for your evening out.

Here’s how to wear bold florals to take you from desk to dinner:

Yes to the Dress

If you’re feeling brave (or feeling lazy), just slip on a dress and make the floral the hero of your outfit. A shift dress with on-trend flared sleeves adds a touch of femininity without being too frilly.

The trick to keeping it subtle enough to work for the office is choosing a print with a dark-colored base. If you feel like the pattern’s still too loud, you can layer on a simple black or grey blazer while you’re at your desk.

Your dress is making the statement here, so don’t overdo it with the accessories. A simple pair of pumps or flats and a black handbag will go with any print and polish off your look.


Stylish Separates

Feel free to try out brighter colors and louder patterns if you’re sticking to a single piece. A dark red or orange palette is eye-catching but still professional, but if you’re feeling playful, tropical-inspired greens will make you feel like you’re at the beach even when you’re slaving away over your laptop.

Pair your floral with a solid, neutral-colored piece to balance out your look. Keep the cut simple too: basic black trousers for a floral blouse, or a plain cami in black or white for a floral bottom.

                                                            Y.A.S Henna Pants

                                                           Y.A.S Henna Pants

The Accent Piece

                              StylishlyMe  |  ZALIA Floral Mini Crossbody Bag  |  Vogue Spain

                             StylishlyMe | ZALIA Floral Mini Crossbody Bag | Vogue Spain

If you don’t really do prints, or if these won’t fly at your workplace, consider trying the bold florals trend in your accessories instead.

A bit of embroidery on pumps or ballet flats adds a pretty pop of color, while a handbag in an interesting print makes a great statement piece, even if the rest of your outfit is traditional corporate.


Ready to bloom from desk to dinner?

Head on over to ZALORA to shop the floral edit. If you’re not feeling this trend, check out more traditional workwear for women. Let us know your tips for outfits that can go from your office to your evening plans in the comments section below!