One of my favorite spring trends is floral print. But if you work in a professional setting that is a little conservative when it comes to attire, finding a balance between adding a little character, like spring florals, to your work wardrobe and still looking professional can be challenging. So I thought I'd share a few tips on dressing floral print in a conservative manner.
When it comes to professional attire, some base colors are more acceptable than others. And when you add print into the mix, it is better to stick to more simple base colors like pastels (blush pink, powder blue...) or classic colors (black, red, white) and less neons (neon green, neon yellow, neon orange) and metallics (gold, bronze, silver).
Size of print
With print, a little goes a long way especially in strict professional settings. Small print is not as distracting as large print. And if you're concerned about walking into a meeting and having all the directors stare at huge magnolias on your skirt, I would opt for smaller print.
Number of colors
The number of colors in the print also determine how distracting it is but I wouldn't put a cap on the number of colors per se just because some print could be so small the number colors go unnoticed. But as far as the predominant colors, I'd say 3 - 4 colors is a safe number.
Statement pieces pair well with classic items like a white shirt, navy blue pants or a structured blazer etc. So if you want to "professionalize" your floral print a little more, compliment it with classic items--like a white camisole under your print blazer, or a white shirt over your floral skirt, or some navy pants with your floral blouse. Basically, when in doubt, go classic!
Disclaimer: This is mainly for my ladies who work in settings where professional attire is a little more strict. If you work in a more relaxed environment and can get away with wearing anything, by all means do your thing!