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Winter florals are back: How to wear the glamorous print trend

Take your cue from the Conner Ives autumn/winter catwalk and opt for sparkling blooms (Jordan Pettitt/PA)
Take your cue from the Conner Ives autumn/winter catwalk and opt for sparkling blooms (Jordan Pettitt/PA) Take your cue from the Conner Ives autumn/winter catwalk and opt for sparkling blooms (Jordan Pettitt/PA)

One of the biggest catwalk trends of the season, winter florals are here to bring some drama to your autumn/winter wardrobe.

Major players like Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior put petal prints and 3D flowers in the spotlight for AW23, with a focus on dark fabrics emblazoned with bright blooms.

London Fashion Week’s resident flower-power experts, Richard Quinn and Erdem Moralıoğlu, put a glamorous spin on their favourite print, with sumptuous brocade suiting and exquisite evening gowns.

Richard Quinn AW23
Richard Quinn AW23 Richard Quinn AW23 (Jeff Moore/PA) (Jeff Moore/PA)

Up-and-coming designer Conner Ives impressed with his collection – shown on the British Fashion Council’s Newgen catwalk – which featured a stand-out sparkly minidress with jewel-toned floral embellishments.

Conner Ives AW23
Conner Ives AW23 Conner Ives AW23 (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (Jordan Pettitt/PA)

Midi dresses were a recurring theme on the runways – a look that’s easy to replicate on a high-street budget.

Layer a long-sleeved dress over a ribbed roll-neck and team with knee-high boots for a cosy winter ensemble, or go glam with a floaty evening dress and heels.

A flowery cocktail dress or co-ord set is perfect for party season.

To create a pulled-together look, choose a handbag that matches one of the accent colours in the print.

If you’re wearing a beautiful red or pink rose print, why not complete your look with lipstick in the same shade?

Erdem AW23
Erdem AW23 Erdem AW23 (Jason Lloyd Evans/Erdem/PA)

The edgy way to do florals, a sharp suit works for day or night. Dress it up with on-trend platform heels or down with minimalist trainers.

For a cool print clash, take your cue from the Emilia Wickstead catwalk and add a shirt or blouse in a contrasting floral print.

From dresses to suits and separates, take your pick from the current crop of floral fashions on the high street…

Joanna Hope Floral Dobby Angel Sleeve Maxi Dress
Joanna Hope Floral Dobby Angel Sleeve Maxi Dress (JD Williams/PA)

Joanna Hope Floral Dobby Angel Sleeve Maxi Dress, £85.50, JD Williams

River Island Black Jacquard Floral Smock Mini Dress
River Island Black Jacquard Floral Smock Mini Dress (River Island/PA)

River Island Black Jacquard Floral Smock Mini Dress, £70 (shoes, stylist’s own)

Finery Kalia Green Folk Dress
Finery Kalia Green Folk Dress (Finery/PA)

Finery Kalia Green Folk Dress, £59 (boots, stylist’s own)

Simply Be Floral Printed Mesh Ruched Bodycon Dress, £22.50 (was £32.40)
Simply Be Floral Printed Mesh Ruched Bodycon Dress, £22.50 (was £32.40) (Simply Be/PA)

Simply Be Floral Printed Mesh Ruched Bodycon Dress, £22.50 (was £32.40)

Roman Dark Green Floral Print One Shoulder Stretch Dress
Roman Dark Green Floral Print One Shoulder Stretch Dress (Roman/PA) (ILG X PAB)

Roman Dark Green Floral Print One Shoulder Stretch Dress, £45 (was £55; shoes, stylist’s own)

Ro & Zo Floral-Print Wrap-Front Woven Top, £79; Floral-Print Bias-Cut Woven Maxi Skirt
Ro & Zo Floral-Print Wrap-Front Woven Top, £79; Floral-Print Bias-Cut Woven Maxi Skirt (Ro & Zo/PA)

Ro & Zo Floral-Print Wrap-Front Woven Top, £79; Floral-Print Bias-Cut Woven Maxi Skirt, £89, Selfridges

FatFace Sara Crew Jumper, £49.50; Amelie Floral Midi Skirt, £49.50; Aureilia Ankle Hiker Boots
FatFace Sara Crew Jumper, £49.50; Amelie Floral Midi Skirt, £49.50; Aureilia Ankle Hiker Boots (FatFace/PA)

FatFace Sara Crew Jumper, Black, £49.50; Amelie Floral Midi Skirt, £49.50; Aureilia Ankle Hiker Boot, Burgundy, £89

Leem Graphic-Print Plisse Woven Top
Leem Graphic-Print Plisse Woven Top (Leem/PA)

Leem Graphic-Print Plisse Woven Top, £120, Selfridges

Karen Millen Italian Structured Satin Floral Bloom Printed Blazer, £159.20 (was £199); Premium Viscose Satin Woven Cami Top, £31.20 (was £39); Italian Structured Satin Floral Bloom Printed Trousers
Karen Millen Italian Structured Satin Floral Bloom Printed Blazer, £159.20 (was £199); Premium Viscose Satin Woven Cami Top, £31.20 (was £39); Italian Structured Satin Floral Bloom Printed Trousers (Karen Millen/PA)

Karen Millen Italian Structured Satin Floral Bloom Printed Blazer, £159.20 (was £199); Italian Structured Satin Floral Bloom Printed Trousers, £103.20 (were £129); shoes, stylist’s own)