Olivia Palermo pairs her floral skirt with a printed blouse.

How to Style a Floral Skirt for Summer

by Pamela Simmons

Floral skirts are quintessentially feminine and make a stylish addition to any summer wardrobe. Not only are floral skirts right on trend, they're also incredibly versatile. Since floral skirts are so adaptable, they can be worn in plenty of chic ways to fit any taste. From conservative to girly to edgy, your floral skirt style is sure to reflect your personality in a completely fashionable way.

1. Edgy

Make a statement by creating a cool contrast and adding some edgy pieces to your skirt. If the summer nights get chilly, a leather motorcycle jacket pulls this off. If it's too hot for jackets, swap yours out for a motorcycle vest instead. If leather jackets aren't your thing, slip on a basic T-shirt or tank and add edgy detail. Slip on a pair of ankle boots and accessorize with studded rings, earrings, a necklace or a belt. Don't overdo it on the edge -- one to two edgy pieces are all you need.

2. Conservative

As long as your floral skirt is long enough to work with office dress codes, it can be a functional and fashionable addition to your office-wear collection. A crisp white blouse tucks into your skirt nicely. Add a pair of simple heels or ballet flats to finish things off. To keep things easy, slip on a black or nude pair of shoes that will be chic but subtle. A dainty pair of studs or a simple gold or pearl necklace make your office ensemble a winner.

3. Mixed Prints

If you're looking for a real fashion challenge, pair your floral skirt with another print. This can be incredibly cool and fashion forward but has to be done with care, as not every set of prints works well. Style your floral skirt with a printed top that contains similar colors. If your floral print is big and bold, slip on a subtle print up top to keep things cohesive. The remainder of your look should be simple. Delicate jewelry and a subtle shoe blend well without clashing.

4. Masculine and Feminine

Create a cool contrast by pairing your feminine skirt with more masculine pieces -- a pair of menswear-inspired oxfords pull this off. Take it further by wearing your skirt with an over-sized T-shirt or blouse. Keep your proportions in check by tucking your top in, or, if you wear yours out, opt for a fitted skirt on bottom. For more coverage, slip on a lightweight blazer to continue the boyfriend-inspired trend.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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