Floral clothing has a long, long history. As early as the 17th and 18th centuries, Indian chintz or floral prints travelled to Europe and soon became coveted fabrics. In Victorian England, women wore not only day dresses made of floral muslin, but they weaved bunches of roses and other flowers into their evening gowns. Cloth flowers were often used to trim flounces and were sewn into off-shoulder bodices to show off those lovely shoulder blades. At the height of the Aesthetic Movement, in the second half of the 19th century, Japanese and Chinese floral patterns adorned practically anything you could lay your hands on – from paper fans to coy screens to upholstery, ceiling mouldings, clothing and accessories. In the early years of the 20th century, this yumminess paved the way for Art Nouveau – a movement that was all about adornment and excess.
What: So, as winter takes over, bring out your decadent side. Invite a little bit of spring into your life with this gorgeous floral skirt from Louche. With its bulging blossoms and satiny-feel, this mid-length pencil skirt will kiss your curves. As with London College of Fashion-trained Aleida Harger’s other designs, this skirt walks the tightrope between trendy secretary and Soho ’50s cabaret singer. Indulge in it for the party season.
Whom: This is a hip-hugging pencil skirt, and fits true to size. So, go a size bigger if you’re looking for a more relaxed fit. As with pencil skirts, the style looks fabulous on hour-glass figures and highlights your waist-hip ratio. For pear-shaped girls, the design hugs all the right places and highlights your best assets. Pencil skirts are best avoided if you’re top heavy, unless you’re going for a shoulder-padded Priscilla Queen of the Desert look!
You can buy the skirt here for £50.
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