Floral for spring is as natural as red-and-green for Christmas. This spring, I especially like floral prints on floaty fabrics and in a looser fit, a necessary change of pace from my cold-weather uniform of slim trousers, wool turtlenecks, and structured blazers (and oversized coats).

I recently added to my closet this eye-catching Free People Floral Wrap Dress, which is offered in two colorways. I like the bright floral print, tulip sleeves, the airy silk-y material (100% viscose), and the midi/maxi hybrid length (though at 55″ OAL, it’s closer to ankle-length on 5’2 me; the fit is otherwise true to size for Free People). I wore it to brunch with friends the other day and it was received warmly.

The only feature about which I am indifferent is the deep v-neckline (if you are buxom, bralettes or camisoles might be necessary); for those who are comfortable forgoing a bra (though I would still recommend using nipple covers), the neckline should be no issue, but I opted to wear a lace romper underneath to raise the neckline and to avoid having to wear bike shorts underneath (the dress gapes in the front with movement and strong wind so a bottom layer is necessary).

You can buy the Free People Gorgeous Jess Wrap Dress at Shopbop, Macy’s, Free People, Revolve, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Yoox, Lord + Taylor, and Zappos.

Free People Gorgeous Jess Wrap Maxi Dress in Red Combo (size XS; also sold here and here) || LOFT Swingy Raincoat in Tamale Red (size XSP) || Victoria’s Secret Lace Romper in Bright Cherry (size XS) || Michael Kors Runway Watch || STEVEN by Steve Madden Viienna Dress Sandal in Tan Nubuck (also sold here)

 

And for those of you in the market for a floral maxi dress, here are a few more options to consider:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

P.S. I encourage you to check out J. Crew‘s sale section (this extra 30% off event is a good one). My picks can be found in this post.

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