Have you ever had an obsession sort of sneak up on you?
Sometimes I look over my posts at the end of the week and am a bit surprised to discover that they all feature a strikingly similar color or motif – as though I were subconsciously celebrating Navy Botanical Week or Tropical Magenta Floral Week.
Of course, Amy and I are always fans of florals. One of our most popular posts to date is still a favorite from three years ago: How to Wear Floral Prints to Work – 15 Easy Rules for Getting it Right.
But lately I’ve noticed that I’ll hunt for the floral version of anything. And everything.
The overarching theme seems to be “stick a floral on it.”
For example, recent posts featuring floral prints include (but are no means limited to):
(1) Floral raincoats
(2) Floral puffers
(3) Floral activewear
(4) More floral activewear
(5) Floral handbags & baby bags
(6) Floral work tops
(7) More floral work tops
(8) Floral pumps
(9) Floral flats
(10) Floral running shoes
I’ve even toyed with the idea of devoting Commandress exclusively to floral prints.
This actually isn’t a joke – because at times I take this seemingly frivolous topic pretty darn seriously.
For example, here are a few passages from my
accidental manifesto very popular post about floral prints at the office:
My interest in floral prints stems in part from my belief that every woman should be able to thrive in a professional workplace while wearing clothes that make her feel powerful and attractive.
This belief requires some education and lobbying on behalf of a woman’s right to succeed professionally and wear pretty clothes. It’s not all about floral prints, of course, but my shorthand for my viewpoint is “Pro-Floral.”
It is wrong to let floral prints be marginalized as displaying a lack of seriousness or competence just because they are feminine.
So there you have it.
I’d love to hear what readers think about that idea of officially making Commandress a blog about floral prints. Because on some level, I think it already is!
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Why all the talk about florals today in particular? I’ve been looking for a new fleece to replace a couple old favorites that are worn out.
But before pulling the trigger on this classic fleece jacket on sale in a pretty lavender or teal, I asked myself – as I so often do: “But can I find it in a floral print?”
No question – that’s the fleece for me. And I have no problem paying a little bit more for it.
The Helly Hansen Bykle Graphic Fleece Jacket is $75 from Lord & Taylor in Navy Floral or Evening Blue Dots.
The first fleece I ever bought was Helly Hansen and I wore it all the time for over ten years.
As a bonus, my hunt for a floral fleece even lead me to this late entry for my round up of floral raincoats:
The Helly Hansen Bellevue Waterproof Coat in Navy Flowers is $144.95 from Backcountry.
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