Dressing How-To: A Chic Update to Retro-Looking Floral Dresses

Floor-length floral dresses don't have to look like a relic from a bygone era. Here are five ways to update the look tor spring.

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Dressing How-to: A chic update on an old-fashioned-looking floral dress.
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Right now, stores are crowded with flowy, floral-print maxi dresses that could easily have been pulled from Kate Winslet's wardrobe from "The Titanic." But the look doesn't have to feel quite so turn-of-the-century: for a boho twist, we styled this long Chloe number ($3095 at Net-a-Porter) with pale pink sandals ($76 at Topshop), a sleek leather bucket bag ($575 at LaGarconne) and fringe suede earrings ($28 at Forever 21).
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Garden party season is fast approaching, so we styled Suno's drop-waist floral dress ($796 at LaGarconne) with Marni's T-strap gold sandals ($1045 at Net-a-Porter) for a swinging '20s look. A coral envelope clutch ($32 at ASOS) and dainty floral bracelet ($68 at J.Crew) give the look a feminine appeal.
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We gave Topshop's sweet rose-print maxi dress ($300 at Topshop) a bit of urban edge with a tailored Rag & Bone blazer ($535 at Net-a-Porter) and strappy suede sandals ($80 at Zara). Phillip Lim's easy Pashli tote ($650 at LaGarconne) and a floppy-brim cap ($15 at Forever 21) keep the look balanced.
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Giada Forte's classic cotton floral-print dress ($520 at Bird) features just the right amount of "V" neck to show off a bit of lingerie, so we styled it with Elle MacPherson's satiny lace bralet ($85 at Net-a-Porter) and suede Topshop flats with a similar lace motif ($60 at Topshop). To get the look ready for spring sunshine, we added a floppy, two-tone sunhat ($38 at J.Crew).
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Of course, there are still a few chilly days ahead, so we styled Zara's mixed floral maxi ($99 at Zara) with a cozy cotton trench by Isabel Marant ($655 at LaGarconne). Woven espadrilles from Marc by Marc Jacobs ($360 at Net-a-Porter) add a bit of texture, while a practical leather tote ($168 at Madewell) is perfect for stashing work supplies or hitting the farmer's market.
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