Florals at Erdem, Spring/Summer 2012. Photos by ImaxTree.comThe style world was in full bloom this season with floral prints and patterns brightening the spring/summer 2012 runways of A-listers like Erdem, Prada and Rodarte. When you think about it, fashion and flowers have a lot in common. Take their appeal - lovely and often fragile, they inspire a passion rooted in an appreciation for the beautiful things in life. Then there's the curating element. If you plan your wardrobe the same way you'd plant a garden - using investment pieces as building blocks and skillfully introducing exciting new pieces - you'll end up with a closet that inspires you every morning. And there's nothing garden variety about that. To help you get started, we've rounded up 10 of our favourite floral pieces with tips on how - and where - to wear them. Runway inspiration: Erdem, Prada, Rodarte, Mary Katrantzou Who's worn it well: Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba, Elle Fanning ___________________________________________ TREND CHALLENGE: Beginner The look: Ladylike How to wear it: Think classic chic. Pair it with an LBD (or an LWD!), high-heeled sandals and a statement necklace that picks up on the pretty hues - blue, red or purple - in the clutch. Where to wear it: To the art gallery, preferably one with a few Matisse canvases - the vibrancy of their patterns will only confirm your sartorial savvy.
Bag, Aldo Accessories, aldoshoes.comThe look: Flirty How to wear it: With cute flat sandals and a cropped white denim jacket. Where to wear it: On a day date - those perfect ones where you meet for lunch, and then end up going for ice cream, then to the movies, dinner, drinks... pastel hues like lilac and mint green. Where to wear it: To a garden party. (Um, obvi.)
Dress, H&M, hm.comThe look: Elegant How to wear it: You can dress up or dress down this surprisingly versatile scarf. Pair it with a sundress in a solid hue and lots of silver jewellery, or make it the focal point of a more casual outfit, like cropped lavender jeans and a white tee. Where to wear it: To high tea somewhere gorgeous, like the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto or the Fairmont Empress in Victoria. A piece like this deserves an equally lovely setting.
Scarf, Erdem, net-a-porter.comTREND CHALLENGE: Intermediate The look: Hipster How to wear it: We love the way the skort is shown here, with a cool tank and minimal accessories. For the most flattering silhouette, keep your top slim-fitting. Where to wear it: Somewhere retro and fun, like bowling - or ping pong!
Skort, Eve Gravel, evegravel.comThe look: Über trendy How to wear it: Pair this playsuit with thong sandals and a slim belt to play up your waist. Where to wear it: To a music festival. We're excited for Osheaga 2012 (August 2 to 5), in Montreal which boasts a lineup including Black Keys, Feist, The Weeknd and Florence + the Machine.
Playsuit, Topshop, thebay.comThe look: Cute How to wear it: With anything. Treat this wedge like a neutral and pair with a flirty dress, cropped capris, even a bikini. Where to wear it: On your Sunday errands. It moves easily from your favourite neighourhood bakery to the grocery store to a café for chic refueling.
Wedge, Old Navy, oldnavy.comThe look: Cool How to wear it: Pair it either with a cute frock with punk undertones (think Agyness Deyn) or boyfriend jeans and your favourite, softest T-shirt. Where to wear it: To the Saturday farmer’s market.
Shoe, Doc Martens, docmartens.comTREND CHALLENGE: Advanced The look: Chic How to wear it: Add wow factor to a basic black dress, or go bolder by pairing this pump with a patterned dress. How much is too much? Use the dominant colours as your guide. It wouldn't work with a red and yellow pattern, but it would look great with an ensemble where turquoise and orange are the main hues. Where to wear it: To work, if you can swing it.
Jeans, Paige Denim, paigeusa.com