Floral Chambray blouse from Delias, Topshop floral chambray romper, H&M Chambray tunic, D&G floral skirt
Chambray and florals are one of my favourite pairings this spring! I hear you ask what is the difference between denim and chambray. Too often, people are confused by the two or have just assumed they are the same thing, but actually they are fundamentally different in their weaving techniques. Here comes the science bit…
They are both made from cotton yarn and both materials are made by weaving white yarn through indigo dyed yarn. Without going too much into the technical details, the way both materials are woven determines how soft or rigid the material feels on the skin. The method used to weave denim actually gives it the iconic diagonal pattern (you can test this by looking at your true denim jeans). This special weave also means that it produces an overall tougher and denser material. Chambray, on the other hand is weaved using a more basic technique. Chambray tends to be a thinner material, moves a lot easier, and is much better suited for the spring summer seasons.
Which brings me nicely onto Florals and this is where the fashion collaboration begins. Florals were seen on the catwalk at London Fashion weekend. The trending show did a special dedication to flower power for s/s 2014 so why not team chambray with florals.
Florals may not be groundbreaking, but they will forever be considered the embodiment of spring. Betting on a modern take on florals, the spring 2014 fashion trends mark the new dawn of femininity. Either reinvented or deconstructed you can always count on the iconic pattern to being brought up-to-date. In spring 2014, the floral print acts in reassuring femininity, while teasing the more masculine influence.
Last year they were dipped in pastel shades, this year instead the pretty florals were painted in every colour imaginable, though retaining last season’s take on delicacy and subtlety.
How to wear delicate florals:
opt for lightweight fabrics, ladylike silhouettes, and relaxed cuts. The most delicate of floral prints will be perfectly matched by sheer panels and layers of soft knits. And I do recommend everyone has at least one chambray shirt in their wardrobe but denim shirts are just as good too. They go so well with so many things! I mean as a layover piece like this one from Gap
and team it with this cute floral dress from Marks and Spencer limited collection
which by the way is in the sale.
And my picks for the shoppers out there, the beautiful Joie Rain B Tank from Donna Ida
, the already sold our Zara frill top now only available on eBay for upwards of £35, and this stunning Karen Millen dress
Donna Ida, Zara, and Karen Millen
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