Floral prints are in full bloom this season — what could be more natural for springtime? Yet a flower motif can be tricky, especially for those of us over 50. After all, nothing makes you look more matronly than the wrong print. A medium-sized all-over print might be fetching on a 20-something ingénue, but at a certain age, you risk reminding someone of a granny in a housedress.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way around this: Go for a print that’s striking and graphic — on a top that’s cool and modern. Here are three cases in point. ZARA: A single graphic flower adorns this linen T-shirt, which makes a bold statement at an unbeatable price. TOPSHOP: The Blurred Floral Print Scuba Top, with stylish elbow-length sleeves, is made of silky-smooth neoprene. CARVEN: This rose-print cotton sweatshirt comes straight from the reenergized fashion house’s spring/summer runway collection.
Note that all three tops have the contemporary style you should look for — a simple, boxy cut rather than a tailored shape cluttered with details. If you find one you like, wear it with minimal jewelry and simple, cleanly designed pants, plus of-the-moment shoes or sandals. In pulling together a look with one of these tops, it’s best to leave skirts or shorts to the younger set. — Lola Ehrlich and John Birmingham