Tip #10 "How to wear floral prints?".

Clothing, and we are talking about it now, is designed to perform several functions:

This is a kind of protection from climatic and natural conditions;

This is informational, allowing us to identify us in society, for example, professional clothes or used in everyday life during the day; expressing mood or state of health.

This is an aesthetic function that forms an image in a certain style, corresponding to a certain era.

Here we will talk about the third functional component, since the floral print is most often used to form a certain image and, by the way, also carries an informational component, but of a different quality, telling others about your character and mood.

Optical effects help in shaping the image - this is a kind of illusion that allows wishful thinking and is great for shape correction.

To begin with, let's deal with the geometry of a floral print, in other words, with the arrangement of images of flowers on the fabric and their sizes, as a rule, corresponding to a certain composition.

There are such types of compositions as a bouquet, garland, rhombus, wreath, stripe, etc. If you wish, take a closer look at the pattern on your fabrics, you will notice a certain pattern that makes you perceive a product made using different floral prints differently.

In general, the composition itself in theory has many characteristics, such as style, content, nationality, visual characteristics, form, rhythm, etc.

Images of flowers on the fabric can be small, large in shape, and the ornament itself is solid or island. The background on which the print is located can be simple and monochrome or complex and textured. In a chaotic arrangement there is always thoughtfulness, and sometimes subtle calculation, since the fabric artist must take into account exactly how this fabric will be used in the future. The vector of movement lies in an endless stream of flower forms, it can be unidirectional and bidirectional, fan and stepped, symmetrical and asymmetric. In fact, the clothing designer has at his disposal a fairly complex structure that needs to be transformed into an even more complex design.

For us, in everyday life, the visual perception of a floral print in the clothes we wear is more relevant.


A light background will create the impression of volume, dark ones, on the contrary. Pay attention to which print is located on the background of your choice, as the background is able to visually focus on the print. If you want to visually increase growth, then use a gradient background, dark at the bottom, light at the top. But, be careful, as prints on a gradient background will be perceived ambiguously, namely, they will become lighter on a dark background and become darker on a light one.


A dark background in clothing is recommended for cold climates. Winter floral prints on a dark background look more theatrical and dramatic in nature, as they look artificial, because flowering plants in winter are very rare. Light background, will be appropriate for the warm season.

Sizes of flowers on the print.

The smaller the flowers, the faster we will react not to the shape of the depicted flowers, but to the general color scheme and the vector of the print movement. A small floral print does not at all contribute to a decrease in shape if it is in different combinations with a large floral print. For example: a small print on a blouse combined with a large print on a skirt will not optically reduce your top, but on the contrary, will slightly increase it. If you want to reduce volume, choose a single print on a white or beige background, which makes the floral pattern more sophisticated.

Large single flowers, as well as arranged in a bouquet, belong to the island type of print and visually increase the volume of the product. If you love a large print, you should not refuse it for the reason indicated above, pay attention to prints made using the flock method. A monophonic and symmetrical floral print is located on a slightly light background. Another way to visually reduce the form is to use both simple vertical stripes and floral prints. It should be borne in mind that other laws apply for "striped" prints.

Stripe in floral print.

Such a trendy and unusual combination of stripes with the image of flowers has roots in deep history, when the lines corresponded to the image of rain streams, and the flower corresponded to the image of a fruitful spike. Using such images, our ancestors attracted good luck in the cultivation of various crops.

A classic of the genre - a vertical strip visually stretches the shape, a vertical one expands. There is a technique that allows you to reduce the optical effect of a horizontal strip using the illusion of an acute angle - everything above the tip seems smaller than it is. So, for example, if a skirt is cut in such a way that the strip forms a kind of angle, then a top with a horizontal strip will appear smaller. Another trick, the presence of a floral print will become more pronounced.