Floral Patterns for a Chic Summer

Floral blooms have been a mainstay of many celebrity wardrobes this spring and summer. First appearing on the runway, then in black and white, now the trend continues via tiny flower print dresses.

Gisele, as seen above, showed this look just last week, as she selected a wee posy patterned dress and Oakley sunglasses for a jaunt around Greenwich Village. Kate Bosworth was an early bloomer as she showed off a dainty floral dress early this summer. Helena Christensen, above far right, wore this look we love for a lunch in the West Village at Sant Ambroeus. Her partner in dine that day? None other than Kate Bosworth—apparently these friends share their flower power.

While most mini floral wares have already sold out, if you didn’t scoop up a romantically retro piece try Topshop. There you’ll find the dress Keira’s wearing, above left, which is the store’s cotton Summer Flower Print Maxi Dress ($80, topshop.com). Above, middle, is another Topshop option, though this Ditsy Puff Sleeved Maxi Dress is actually from their new vintage Archive* section ($370, topshop.com).

*If you haven’t heard about the Archive, check it out immediately, as this might be the most exciting thing that’s happened to e-commerce in ages. It features genius vintage pieces mainly from the 60’s and 70’s—think colorfully patterned shift dresses and sweet, batik print maxi dresses. There’s also a section devoted to boldface British designers like Biba and Mary Quant. The in-house, Topshop team sourced pieces like a 1960’s Biba, pink floral print, maxi dress and a mini shirtdress with long sleeves from Mary Quant. Finally amazingly sourced, smartly edited, well-researched, vintage clothes are available online—thank you Topshop, thank you.