This Week I Love …

… ditsy florals.

Before the Liberty of London items hit Target, I had been scouring my thrift haunts for MONTHS looking for florals to add to my spring and summer wardrobe. And I finally realized that I have very specific ideas about florals. I prefer the ditsy variety.

Both aesthetically and because itโ€™s extremely fun to refer to a fabric print as “ditsy.”



American Eagle (It’s SHORT, so beware!)

Yes, many of these products are aimed at women younger than myself. But I think the whole age-appropriate dressing argument is far too stringent for most womens’ personal styles. Plus I believe ditsy florals can be done tastefully by us mature broads, especially in moderation.

Do you agree? Can ditsy be worn by anyone? Or do you think these prints are the exclusive domain of the 25-and-under set? Even if they’re balanced out by something more conservative or classic?

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  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini

    I love ditzy. I look good in it. I feel good in it.

    I'm 36 in June.

    I just don't care about age appropriateness!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Diane

    I would not wear the skirt length – needs to be longer or over leggings. But, why would a print prevent me from wearing it, unless it is obviously a baby print? I think the younger set is just threatened by us so they don't want us showing them how it is supposed to look (just a big ole joke here, no flames, please). I think if it makes you feel pretty, you should be able to wear it regardless of age!

  • Casey

    If I went with the "ditsy florals for those 25 and under" rule, I'd have to get rid of all my small florals next year! lol. I think it is possible to keep wearing smaller, pretty floral prints long after one's 20s. Most importantly it depends on the personality and style of the woman wearing them (after all: it's look a bit off on a gal who the majority of the time stuck to clothes that were devoid of the romantic aura that ditsy florals have). Mixing them correctly with other, more sophisticated pieces is a great way to make them age appropriate. Plus, paying attention to the ever important silhouette and figure flattery is key!

    I can never see myself loosing my love of small florals (in some instances they act almost as "background prints" in the rest of my wardrobe!)–even after I hit my 30s. I think the garments I have with those sorts of prints will certainly change, as my figure does, but they won't ever totally vanish. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I'm loving a bunch of these pieces you posted! *sigh* Too bad I'm on a spending ban right now. haha!

    โ™ฅ Casey
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  • Nanne

    As cute as this floral print trend is, I'm keeping it simple and only adding floral print accessories:)

  • La Historiadora de Moda

    I'm in my 30s, but I would still wear prints like those. I might not wear them to teach in (at least not early in the term) or for conference presentations, but I don't think there's any reason for not wearing prints like these at any age if that's what you want.

  • Colleen

    I'm 29 years old and would most definitely wear any of the above items! They are so fun and summery. I think the "ditsy floral" look can certainly be pulled off by those of us over 25.;) It would look classy and elegant paired with more conservative pieces.

  • ceo

    Loving the scarf from piperlime….


  • eek

    I love all those ditsy prints! I am learning you can wear whatever you want as long as it's in moderation (i.e. no micro minis, etc). Age is only a state of mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  • CompassRose

    Hee! I live in Southern Ontario, so I don't think of those prints as "ditzy", I think of them as "Mennonite", reminiscent as they are of the small-flowered quilting fabrics many Old Order Mennonites use for their dresses. Not that any practicing Mennonite of any flavour would be caught in that wee skirt.

    But I can't wear those florals, and never could even in my youth. I don't know why – perhaps it's my pillowy curves, or my pink-and-white complexion; they always look like cutie nightwear on me, and inappropriate regardless of styling.

  • Stacy

    Hmmm. Interesting…although the cuts of these garments are youthful, if I would just see the fabrics by themselves in a fabric store, I would probably dismiss them as being a little "old." Yet, they're the type of thing I might have worn when I was younger, just because no one would actually confuse me with being old enough to wear them. Now that I'm 40, I steer clear of that "ironically frumpy" look, lest anyone mistake me for actually being old and frumpy! (Wow, that was convoluted…I hope it made sense.)

  • Maggie May

    I am 51 and don't go for ditsy florals, but I never did, not even at 20. I like graphic florals (Liberty for Target's bigger prints; JCrew's liberty prints) but not calico florals. My mother was a quilter so I think of these small florals as "calico" and I can't think of a single item I possess with this type of floral design, aside from actual quilts! But if you love them, I don't think it is age-related!

  • Rachel

    Absolutely can wear ditsy florals after 25 – I wore a floral frock by Converse for Target to work yesterday with a structured blazer and I'm 28. I will wear them long after I turn 30 because it's really about what looks good on you and what you feel good in.

  • futurelint

    I think they can work for anyone! I always referred to the prints I liked as "tiny and twee"… and they are hard to thrift! I am not a fan of floral prints that are too large and a lot of the florals I find at thrift stores are those '90s sunflowers… all the adorable tiny flowers must have already been snatched up!

  • Meli22

    While the trend is cute, it's not true to my taste. I prefer a little bit larger florals, with a more subdued color pattern. Most ditsy floral patterns have a ton of colors in them- I like my patterns simple and monochromatic, or with just a few different colors.

  • Faith J.

    It's not my style. I am thirtysomething and think it's way too young for me (I love prints but not florals). Plus I have never been into flowers, ruffles and bows in my clothing! But it's a pretty look.

  • ranksubjugation

    I love the prints, but I tend to find it on ruffley, poofy, cutsey things… not my style. I'd need to find something in a more structured, simple garment.

  • Dawn

    I'm 21 and I can't or don't wear ditsy florals like that for two reasons. The first is because I will look like a 15-year old if I wear small print cute florals and the other is that it doesn't fit with my style at all!

    I think they would work on most women of any age with a more bohemian or relaxed style than mine in a casual setting.

  • Hannele

    I'm proof that it can be worn by anyone! I typically don't wear a lot of prints, much less florals, even though I have a couple pieces I pull out of the closet every once in a while, I'm more of a stripes kind of person. Yet, I was completely charmed by Liberty of London for Target's ditsy print menswear shirts and ties(featured on my blog here and here. I think these pieces are the perfect counterbalance of masculine and feminine, which makes it most versatile for me. I think anyone with a slight affinity for ditsy print has the potential to make it work for themselves. If all fails, think accessories and unexpected pairings.

  • Soho500

    I think that any woman can wear florals..It depends on the floral, whether the design is large or small.

  • angie

    I'm with you Sally!

    I believe that ditsy florals can look fab on all ages. As with all wardrobe items – it's HOW you wear them that counts, and the cut of the garment itself is all important. If you add a sophisticated edge to a ditsy floral something when you're a little older – sure! Why not.

  • Angela Pea

    Well, YEAH ditzy florals can be worn by more mature women.

    Assuming, of course, that they have adequate lenghth to keep all private parts, uh, private!

  • Tasia

    I'm 28 and I think I can still wear little floral prints like your adorable examples! It's all in the styling, if I wear a fitted blazer over a ruffled floral dress, it pulls the look together and looks a little more professional. I work in a creative environment, so I could easily slip on a pair of platform wedges with the florals & blazer and look age-appropriate at the office.

  • Lorena

    Ditzy can be worn by Anyone….
    Short stuff can be worn with a conservative color tight so all attention goes to the florals…all you need to do is adapt it for YOU.

  • Deja Pseu

    I always like the look of these on other women, but they're not my style. The pieces you've picked here are very pretty.

  • LPC

    Those prints, on for example a short-sleeved blouse, could be worn by anyone! The British have been doing it for years:).

  • Candice Virginia

    I'm 22 and I know this style of print (and that micro-mini with the bow) would look absolutely ridiculous on me, unless I balanced it with classic, structured, solid-color pieces. I don't believe I would go with more than a scarf and even then, only on the weekends. If I don't dress with an air of authority and professionalism in real life, I find that I have a difficult time being taken seriously, especially in the sciences. I guess my whimsical-clothing-every-day attitude had to change around age 19. And don't get me wrong, I still enjoy dressing up, it's just that it doesn't mesh well with my life anymore.

    I guess I had a lot to say about one little style! As a final note, I am sure there are many, many women out there (with much more style talent than me!) who could make this style look lovely AND professional at the same time.


  • Sal

    FASCINATING! So many of you ladies in your early twenties are the ones who tend to avoid these prints because they seem to sugary-sweet and little-girly. My brain was clearly moving in the wrong direction, chronologically …

  • Elaine

    The florals trend is def still strong!

    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

  • Strange Attractor

    I would never wear any of those patterns at age. They would make me feel like Laura Ingalls, but not in a good way.

    When I wear florals (not that often) I much prefer larger, more graphic prints.

  • Charlotte

    Interesting word, "ditzy." It means dumb, scatter-brained. I wonder how the prints came to be labeled as ditzy? Because only girls would wear them?
    I'm not a floral woman myself (although I'm a gardener and I love flowers. ..). I'm a bit on the delicate-looking side & a floral print this small makes me look like a Sunday school teacher.
    I might wear the print on a tank underneath a blazer, or on a scarf. No more than that. Of course I'm of an age now where it's more apt to look like a house-dress print than a little girl print.

  • What Would a Nerd Wear

    yes, i agree! i love little floral prints (much more than giant ones).
    that skirt from american eagle is especially cute (but indeed sooooo short).

  • AntiSlice

    I'm starting to have a thing for small florals (I'm 21), depending on the cut and colors. My favorite sundress is black with ditsy flowers all over. I'm a rather small person and I don't like wearing large florals (or very many large patterns, for that matter) because I don't think they flatter me. Depending on the piece, I can see myself wearing ditsy florals past 25.

  • Anonymous

    I am in my early 40s, and I ordered that blouse from Boden. I had to return it because it puckered oddly and made me look weird, but I really liked the fabric, and was so disappointed it didn't work out.

    I don't avoid or embrace florals. Sometimes they look good on me and sometimes not, depending on the colors, the fabric, and the cut and styling of the garment. Just like with any print (or solid).

  • LSM

    Okay, now that I've gotten over your referring to yourself as "mature," I'll say that at 42 I would definitely wear the scarf and the Boden top but not the other items. But that would be because of the cut and style, not the print.

    And, I'll definitely give you "mature" in style and confidence and personality, but not age. ๐Ÿ™‚ After all, that would make me "old."

  • The Waves

    I think ditsy florals can be worn by anyone, it really is the styling that counts. Team with structured items like a sharp blazer and "adult flats" (I am giggling to myself for coming up with the term just now), and you are good to go! Just steer away from faded jeans and Keds! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lynne

    Hey, I'm 55 and love florals and prints of all sizes. But I wouldn't wear those styles, they don't suit either my age or my size. But a decent length floral skirt with a monochrome T is my everyday summer wear, and when it's cooler I love a floral top over jeans or pants

  • Eyeliah

    It's so true how everything comes back in style. My early teens was all ditsy florals (though in polyesters) and I am happy to revisit them. Also excited about the return of clogs, I haven't been able to find pair since high school, but now with the trends I'll be able to snag some.

  • Rad_in_Broolyn

    I remember wearing alot of this in my teens (shirred sundresses over tee shirts and boots). I do love the Kensie girl dress, because of the prairie detailing (the ruffle yoke, the bottom layer). I'll be 30 in June and I feel more confident about my body and my playful about my style then ever, so why not?
    I am not a mostly ruffles and flowers girl, because I like incorporating masculine elements into my wardrobe, but a little flower and there never hurt!

  • Amanda

    I prefer ditsy florals, too. They're girly and fun without looking like the print on grandma's couch. I actually bought that American Eagle skirt – it's super cute but it is short, even on me, and I'm 5' tall. You'd definitely need tights or leggings if you were taller.

  • Alyssa

    Oh, CUTE items!!! I'm soooo in the mood to shop for spring and summer now. I'm actually wearing a rather ditzy print right now ๐Ÿ˜€

    As to the age thing, I think it totally depends on the way a person looks. Otherwise, I think they can always be worn in a way that makes the print 'age appropriate'. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melanie

    I think that these ditsy floral prints are pretty and feminine and appropriate at any age. I prefer to keep my skirt/dress lengths to just above the knee, but I think that is just personal preference. I say…..if you like it and feel good in it…..go for it!!!

    Great choices!