To Make a Floral Dress into Retro

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Autumn is about a mature season, but floral prints are always in style. For a classic take on the print that continually reinvents itself, use retro-inspired accessories or choose a dress with large, printed flowers for a fun and festive look.

1. Select a lightweight cotton floral dress with a bold pattern. Retro floral dresses often feature large, bold patterns. Floral retro dresses are also typically characterized by a tight, moderately revealing bodice, in halter, short-sleeve, or three-quarter length form. The skirt should be full or flare into a swing skirt, resting just below the knee.

2. Add a belt. Wrap a sash belt, skinny belt or scarf around your midriff, right at, or slightly above, your belly button. Depending on your floral color scheme, you could pair a skinny, brightly colored belt, like cherry-red patent leather. If you want something more soft and flowy, you could use a sash and tie it in the back.

3. Pair your dress with a tiny, vintage, unbuttoned cardigan. Be sure to use a complementary color or neutral that will work well with the pattern of your dress.

4. Utilize large faux flowers. Pin a large flower to the top corner of your bodice or place a faux flower in your hair. If it won't stay, glue it to a headband.

If you want something more simple, wear a string of pearls. Finally, trade in your handbag for a small clutch or tiny, beaded or metallic evening bag to complete your retro-inspired style.

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