Retro Floral Fashion

A fur stole adds an element of unexpected, playful luxury when paired with a light floral dress.


(Above) Tory Burch dress, $395 @ Nordstrom, Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-883-2121,; fur stole, $50 @ Topshop at Nordstrom; necklace, $68 @ Anthropologie, various metro locations,; antique necklace, $1,500 @ Bstyle,; Vince Camuto cocktail ring, $48 @ T.J. Maxx, various metro locations,; Calvin Klein pumps, $49 @ DSW, various metro locations,; vintage chair, $150 @ Retro Wanderlust, 8 12th Ave. S., Hopkins, 612-760-2600

What’s old is new again this spring. A south Minneapolis duplex preserved in time inspired these fresh looks. Decorated in the 1940s, it was owned by a notable fashionista who adored hand-painted wallpaper with rich texture and intricate patterns. Take a cue from this home’s design and mix prints and eras to achieve chic, timeless style.

Contrast pale hues with rich pattern to add sophistication to springtime looks.
Skirt, $188 @ Anthropologie; sweater, $84, and necklace, $50, both @ Topshop at Nordstrom; Equipment blouse, $300 @ Nordstrom; Dr. Scholl’s shoes, $30 @ DSW; vintage floral chair and ottoman, $240 @ Retro Wanderlust

Don’t be afraid to add visual interest by mixing patterns. Bold accessories tie the outfit together.
Helene Berman coat, $288 @ Nordstrom; blouse, $68, and skirt, $56 @ Topshop at Nordstrom; necklace, $89 @ Banana Republic, various metro locations,; gold bracelet, $100 @ T.J. Maxx; white bracelet, $13 @ Target, various metro locations,; gold link bracelet, $10 @ DSW; head wrap, $32 @ Anthropologie

Layering tops adds texture and dimension. Keep the look from becoming too busy by choosing prints in the same color family.
Marni top, $850 @ Last Call by Neiman Marcus,; floral top, $98 @ Anthropologie

The ladylike look is back in vogue: Bare a little less skin this season with elbow-length sleeves and longer skirts.
Floral blouse, $70, and beaded necklace, $28, both @ Topshop at Nordstrom; Ted Baker floral skirt, $248 @ Nordstrom; Steve Madden shoes, $59 @ DSW; vintage chair, $240 @ Retro Wanderlust