Way back in the day when I was a wee slip of a fashion girl, I worked for Laura Ashley, where for a while I was assistant to the print selector for the UK market and we picked out which prints went into the garments in the UK Laura Ashley shops. I was reminded of this job when visiting the Boden print room last week and I had a wave of nostalgia for the days when we used to spend hours contemplating hundreds of floral prints. It was a fab job and my boss taught me a huge amount about how to appreciate a good floral from a bad- even today I can’t buy anything printed that is badly drawn, has mismatched screens or is poorly produced.
It also taught me that I am prone to fall head-over-heels in love with a floral, needing to instantly buy something in it, only to get sick to death of it within six months. Consequently I have learnt not to buy floral curtains/carpets/wallpaper or anything expensively permanent, as I know I’ll go off it fast and want to replace it with the next floral-crush. In fact I hardly ever buy florals now, I just ‘love’ from afar, it’s safer that way.
However, I have fallen hard for two shirts in the last year, one vintage large multi-floral (mid 60s M&S) that I bought in Crystal Palace Vintage emporium last year, for £20 and another this week from Zara, in a floral/fruit combo at £29.99. Both are printed on thickish rayon and are in similar muted orange/green/tobacco colourways. As I hung the new Zara one up I realised it looked rather fab next to the vintage one. It’s simple scooped neck shape looks good styled underneath the M&S shirt style, hmmm, I could layer one over the other I mused.
But two florals together…….double denim is a fashion no-no, so what about double florals? Fab or floral overload? I can’t decide…..what do we think ladies?