Can Florals Be Sexy?
So often, florals have connotations of girliness, of cuteness and of innocence and for that reason, a lot of women avoid them, (not me, I have always loved them, something evident in both my closet and on my Instagram). With that in mind, perhaps a better question is “Can wearing florals make one feel womanly, sensual and desirable?
It’s almost a divisive print; often loved or hated, and yes, there’s no question a ditsy print runs the risk of making the wearer look twee especially if the item of clothing has ruffles or flounces, so a strong, bold print in a maximum of two or three colours is better. If any item of clothing can be scaled down to fit a child, then by definition, it can’t also be womanly- something to bear in mind. A dress needn’t be fitted or tight to look sexy or sensuous though. Something that skims the body, hinting at the shape beneath is just as powerful. I adore the draping on this dress. The midi-length is modest but the split stops it from looking too safe. The roses and fluttery sleeves reflect my romantic nature but the red catches the eye. It whispers of a grown-up, knowing, womanly sensuality.
Keeping It Simple
My dress is strong enough, confident enough and independent enough to stand on her own two feet, so I kept everything else simple. My favourite bright red lipstick was essential, (how could I not match my lips to the roses?) so I kept my eyes understated. I didn’t add jewellery so not to detract from the shape, especially the neckline, of the dress, I wore fabulous shoes, grown-up shoes, but simple ones.
It’s all about balance.
Of course, there’s much more to feeling sensual and attractive than just an outfit. Attitude and how one feels inside makes all the difference, as does the person or people we are with. THAT determines which of our personae we present. I wore this dress to dinner with my boyfriend Ian during our seaside escape to Scarborough. My persona as a girlfriend is very different to that of me as a mother or as a friend or daughter or sister and I think it’s clear to see in my body language that it was he who took these photographs. He makes me feel beautiful whatever I’m wearing which is something to be treasured. I’m different when one of my teenagers takes my photographs, (not least because they want to get it done as quickly as possible, such is their fear of being seen in public photographing me), but isn’t it such a privilege to be different things to different people; to be a woman of many faces?
So perhaps the answer to the question “Can florals be sexy?” is “Yes. If you want them to be”
Love Lizzy x
-You can read about our weekend in Scarborough (which is when we took these photographs.)
-You can see me wearing this dress in a different print when I was in London with my blogging friends.
-And you can see these shoes with the outfit I to the Chelsea Flower show.
*Wren’s Wonderland rose print midi wrap dress, £88, Alice’s Pig
*High heeled sandals, tomato and black, MADELEINE £159.95
*Akina multi-floral leather clutch bag, £69.99, Lotus Shoes
*These items were gifted. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support What Lizzy Loves.
Taken by Ian at Ox Pasture Hall Country Hotel, Scarborough.