One of the things I love most about fashion is that it is a wonderfully visible form of self-expression. I assemble my wardrobe and daily outfits to express myself on the outside what I’m feeling on the inside every day. Even though this changes daily, I still do have my own distinct style. It’s a combination of urban sophisticated and whimsical edgy – and can cross over into rocker chic from time to time.

But one thing my style is NOT is floral. I think my aversion to floral comes from being raised in a small town, where floral dresses were the staple. I’ve spent the majority of my adult life distancing myself as much as possible from being ‘small town’ as I can. I’ve also always associated floral patterns with Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ashley – two references that will definitely reveal my age – neither of which have ever aesthetically appealed to me. More recently, stores like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters carry a more updated hipster version of the floral dress. Neither are my bag.

All of that aside, there is something about the florals emerging right now that is really grabbing me. Perhaps it’s the mix of patterns and trends. Perhaps it’s an urban update of the patterns, but there are definitely some cute items that I’d compliment on another and some fabulous items I may even purchase. Here are a few that I’ve found that I’m loving. I call them florals for the un-floral:

 Victorian Bustier Bathing
Suit

$75
Shoptiques
Aldo Chiou Boat Shoes
$49.50
ASOS
Citizens of Humanity
‘Mandy’ Floral Print Jeans

$189
Nordstrom
 Fluro Floral Printed Crop
$60
TopShop
 80′s High/Low Fishtail
Secretary’s Dress

$48
MarketPublique

I’m still trying to figure out what appeals to me about these particular patterns and instances of the floral trend that appeals to my urban non-Little House on the Prairie style profile, but I am really enjoying the edgy execution on the good girl pattern.

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