Floral prints have a long and lovely history in fashion. Effortlessly beautiful and available in a thousand different colours, styles and textures, it’s not surprising that floral frocks have become a fashion staple for women and young girls all over the world. And what season is better than spring to embrace floral designs — a time when flowers bloom into spectacular colours and open their petals to blue skies and sunshine?
In this post, we take a look at the enduring elegance of floral prints and break down why every little princess needs a floral party dress this spring.
A Brief but Beautiful History of Floral Fabrics
Since the earliest days of fashion, flowers have imbued clothing with their deep symbolism and meaning. Far more than simply a universal symbol of blooming femininity, a “language of flowers” exists in almost all cultures across all time periods, and perhaps that’s why they have fascinated and delighted throughout the centuries.
Flowers first emerged in fashion when people began to decorate their clothing with real flowers, such as floral wreaths, brooches and bouquets. Originally designed to add a flair of character and personality to an outfit, their fragrant scent was a wonderful added touch. The only problem? The flowers would quickly die without water, and so forward-thinking fashionistas developed floral fabrics that captured the beauty of flowers without requiring them to constantly pick a new bunch. As far back as the 12th century in China, fabrics were delicately embroidered with flowery patterns and scenes of nature — and, just like that, a new trend was born. From the long, slender petals of the chrysanthemum that graced the silky surfaces of Japenese kimonos, and the baroque and highly ornate floral garb worn by 14th-century Europeans to today’s delicate prints, florals show no sign of going out of fashion.
How to Get This Season’s Floral Look
As the long wintry months finally come to a close and the first signs of spring begin to show, it’s time to revitalise your little girl’s wardrobe with some gorgeous and elegant floral prints.
Here are some of our favourite ways to pay homage to the season of blossoming flowers and embrace this season’s trends.
Light and Vibrant Ivory Floral Party Dresses
Ivory floral party dresses are timeless, iconic and effortlessly elegant. The combination of a soft ivory backdrop and bold and beautiful flower patterns gives a gorgeous fairytale air that captures the wonder of the season.
Your little angel can create her own fashion story with our fabulous ivory flower garden swing dress. This charming seasonal piece showcases the very finest of flowery designs with its luxe ivory satin fabric and pretty floral print. Bold and vibrant, the floral pattern is inspired by the dazzling blooms of springtime flowers in a traditional English garden, making it the perfect frock to wear for a garden party or afternoon tea. With a criss-cross cutout back, a sleeveless design and a gently flared skirt, your little angel is sure to look at pretty as a peony in this elegant spring frock.
Bold and Brilliant Navy Floral Party Dresses
When it comes to floral patterns, there are millions of different colours and themes to wear, so don’t feel restricted to classic light colour palettes. Navy blue, with its royal connections and deep, rich tones, is a wonderful backdrop to spring floral designs.
If your little girl wants to experiment with floral patterns that can effortlessly transition her look from daytime to evening glamour, our royal blue floral deluxe dress is just the ticket. Perfect for parties, concerts and formal events, this beautiful bespoke gown is fit for a princess. Featuring a royal blue and ivory colour silk background, and embellished with an opulent floral print, our luxurious dress captures the essence of new-season glamour. With its elegant gathered waist, flared skirt and ruffled and jewelled bodice, your little angel is sure to cast a darling silhouette.
Graceful and Elegant Floral Maxi Dresses
There are few designs so versatile as floral patterns — they work well on tea dresses, shift dresses and swing dresses — but perhaps the most elegant way to wear floral is with a maxi dress. Maxi party dresses are always a fabulous choice for little starlets who want to make a fashionable statement, and when combined with the enduring beauty of floral patterns, you just can’t wrong.
Your little girl can step out in beautiful botanicals wearing our royal blue floral maxi dress. Exclusive to David Charles, this modern maxi gown offers a longer length that celebrates the dramatic glamour of the season. Made from a polka dot chiffon fabric and featuring a watercolour floral print, elasticated cold-shoulder sleeves and a soft ruffle trim waist detail, it’s a flattering and feminine choice for growing girls and tots alike.
Embrace the essence of the season with one of David Charles’ floral party dresses. Browse our full collection of spring and summer designs today.
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