5 Ways to Mismatch Your Floral Shorts (and Still Make Perfect Sense)

Wearing floral shorts is one of the easiest ways to dress up your plain tops, but does the styling really just end there? If you’re bored of pairing your floral shorts with your most trusted basic tops, then you are in for a treat as we take you through some fashion blogger looks that rehash the floral shorts into interesting new outfit combinations.

1. Gray Areas

Songya of Ma Griffe SecrèteSongya of Ma Griffe Secrète

Gray tees are probably one of the last things you’d think of pairing with floral shorts – most opt for bright, black or white colored tees for a no-fail look. We love how gray tees can ground the bright colors of the shorts and still produce a refreshing combination at the same time. Try an oversized gray tee with a bright toned floral shorts (denim always works best in a casual look), and slip your feet into a pair of sandals for a casual on-trend outfit.

Shop her look:

Maison Boinet Dolce Gabbana LAgence Sol Sana ASOS Jane NormanDolce & Gabbana Beige Cotton Floral Print Shorts, £220 / L’Agence Grey Linen T-Shirt, €140 / Jane Norman London White Boxy Chain Bag, £25 / Maison Boinet Thin Belt, $169 / Sol Sana Asha Cross Strap Flat Sandals, $90 / ASOS & Wear That There Sterling Silver Live Fast Necklace with Gold Bird Charm, £55

2. Lose Your Senses

Katia of Be Wolf FashionKatia of Be Wolf Fashion

You know how when you stare at a word too long, it starts to lose sense? This concept works the other way around. Get pieces that don’t seem to make sense and put them together with your floral shorts. To avoid looking like a screw has gone loose in your head though (and there is great risk for this to happen when pulling off this look), follow a subtle common theme such as having various trends in your look that are still dominantly black, as well as using silver or gold in various parts of your look. These tricks will pull the outfit together.

Shop her look:

Jane Norman Saint Laurent Warehouse Akira Rebecca Minkoff Enzo AngioliniWarehouse Dark Floral Check Shorts, £32 / Jane Norman London Printed Wrap Front Cami Top, £25 / Saint Laurent Chain Belt, $790 / Enzo Angiolini Myani Lace Front Sandals, $79 / Akira Silver Simple Lines Cuff, $12.90 / Rebecca Minkoff ‘Leo’ Clutch, $95

3. Graphic Content

Hope by Simply Hope StyleHope by Simply Hope Style (Blog Offline)

Just like the gray tee, another trend that is unlikely to be your top-of-mind piece to pair with the floral shorts is the graphic tee. Wear a pair of loose floral shorts with a graphic tee of your choice and accessorize with fun and quirky stuff such as a pair of patent cap toe sneakers, a bright satchel, a bowler hat, and round sunglasses.

Shop her look:

Boohoo Uniqlo Lanvin Dorothy Perkins Matthew Williamson French Connection Salvatore FerragamoBoohoo Lottie Neon Floral Super Short Flippy Culottes, $20 / Uniqlo Women Sanrio Graphic Short Sleeve T-Shirt, £12.90 / Lanvin Varnished Cap Toe Trainers, $425.34 / Dorothy Perkins Black Bowler Hat, £14 / Matthew Williamson by Linda Farrow Gradient Lens Round Sunglasses, $359 / Salvatore Ferragamo Small Gianci Versible Belt, $350 / French Connection Textured Large Satchel, £65

4. Flower-on-Flower

Emily of Vintage ChicEmily of Vintage Chic (Blog Offline)

Pattern-on-pattern isn’t exactly a new idea so we specifically suggest a flower-on-flower look. Choose two different floral patterns that have a few hues in common so as not to create a harsh contrast (but if that’s your thing, go right ahead). To create a fresher look, pair the patterns with metallic rosegold accessories such as a pointed toe flat, a clutch, and an oversized watch.

Shop her look:

MinkPink Topshop Jimmy Choo Marc Jacobs Oliver Peoples New LookMinkPink Womens Multi Colour Flower Box Pleat Shorts, £48.99 / Stripe Floral Ruffle Cami Top, £30 / Jimmy Choo Attila Mirrored-Leather Point-Toe Flats, £395 / Marc by Marc Jacobs Ravenhead Clutch, $274 / Oliver Peoples Paris Sunglasses, $420 / New Petite Shell Pink Waterfall Blazer, £24.99

5. Nautical Blossoms

Laura of On The RacksLaura of On The Racks

If you think the clash between stripes and florals are too harsh, we challenge you to give it another go. It’s true that the look can go horribly wrong, so we’ll give you a valuable tip on how to pull off this combination. Get the right light-heavy balance by determining the feel of your floral shorts – if the pattern has large, brightly-colored florals, or is printed on heavy looking denim, then seek out a striped top with delicate stripes and a flowy fabric. If the floral shorts feel light, then you can turn up the heaviness of the stripes by playing with a thicker width or a more structured silhouette. Pair this casual look with white sneakers and a tote.

Shop her look:

American Treasures Superga Alice Olivia Obey Tods Le SpecsAlice + Olivia Striped Linen Sweater, £215 / Obey Hard Road Shorts, $53 / Superga Lace Sneakers, $99 / American Coin Treasures Sterling Silver Mercury Dime Toggle Bracelet, $69.99 / Tod’s D-Cube Leather Small Tote, £832 / Le Specs Hatter Black Cat Eye Sunglasses, £35

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