A spate of birthday parties has made for a most entertaining weekend, and a rare opportunity to get dressed up. If you follow us on Instagram, you will have seen the beautiful Diane Von Furstenberg dress which made an appearance; but it is this cold-shoulder, floral cropped top by Rebecca Taylor that has inspired the Latin spirit in me.
A cropped top may be an item of clothing more associated with teenage years (anyone else used to love a cropped top with low-slung flares?!), but styled the right way you can create an elegant and grown-up look. Which, if you’re weird like me, you can then undermine by dancing in the middle of the street. On your own.
While mini-trends for florals tend to come around every spring and summer, bold floral prints dominated the SS17 catwalks and they continue to be a huge feature in the AW17 collections dropping now. Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chloe and Dries Van Noten were just a few of the big names taking flower power to a whole new level. Florals have featured on HøFSisters as part of the embroidered trend, as well as adorning accessories, but not until now has this delightfully cheerful print starred as our main feature. So what better way to say Happy Birthday than with flowers?
Pairing your floral cropped top with something high waisted will allow for a demure sliver of skin – an interesting feature which is entirely age-appropriate. You could opt for trousers, culottes or a maxi/midi skirt, as I have done here. This high waisted “Prom” skirt from ASOS appealed to me because it’s quite structured – the wide waistband is perfect for accentuating the waist and the A-line shape skims over my bum and hips without clinging. To transition this look to Autumn/Winter, pair your floral cropped top with these stunning trousers by REDValentino. With their 35.5inch inseam, they’re a tall girl’s dream, and the wide-leg and front pleats mean they’re spot on for AW17/18, while still undeniably timeless in style. A true wardrobe staple, perfect for work and play.
The floral cropped top has dabs of red, pink and white in it so you can accessorise with any of these colours. I opted for my beloved white block heels from Aldo; not only are they very comfortable but they also dress down the look. I often feel a bit trussed up in pretty skirts and heels, and these just relax the whole feel. The bag is Rebecca Minkoff, and borrowed from a friend, but you can buy a wonderful Chloe-esque hoop bag in a similar vein from Mango, here.
The Latin vibes certainly worked a treat this weekend, and my dancing took on a whole new lease of life. Thank you, July Babies, for providing these glorious opportunities to get my glad rags on.