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Gardens inspire garments in groundbreaking floral fashion trend

A floral skirt stands out in the window display at Garbarini in Denver.
Photo courtesy of Garbarini

It’s spring—at least according to the calendar, even though snow blanketed Denver’s buds and blossoms last night. This spring, fashion magazines and boutiques are filled with floral prints, garden-inspired garments and accessories.
“Floral prints are a perennial--excuse the pun--spring fashion favorite,” said Terri Garbarini, an avid gardener and owner of Garbarini, a designer fashion boutique in Denver’s posh Cherry Creek North since 1985.
But this season’s groundbreaking florals boast a Modern edge and quirky twists such as floral jeans or florals mixed with bold stripes or spots. The March issues of Oprah and Harper’s Bazaar each published editorial pages devoted to flower power. Spring fashions include floral dresses, skirts and tops, floral headbands, belts, jewelry and shoes. Many of the looks are more sophisticated, less girlish. Fresh, feminine, yet more edgy than your grandmother's spring florals.
“I can't remember a spring when floral prints were not available, but there are multiple trends this spring. Digital prints are big,” Garbarini said.
“I don't think there are any specific styles of floral that are prevalent. I have seen retro prints, botanicals, toile and tropicals.”
Garbarini notes florals mixed with stripes and graphic prints, animal prints, neutrals, and black and white.
“The best floral prints are often oversized and primarily on dresses,” said Garbarini. “I always say prints are personal: Wear what you like. There are plenty to choose from.”
Floral garments strut everything from ranunculus and roses to anemones and chrysanthemums, delphiniums, orchids and sweet peas that turn the body into a virtual bouquet.
According to Garbarini's discerning fashionista sense, floral prints can go anywhere, yet floral frocks are especially suitable for certain occasions.
“I think women are always attracted to a floral print dress for a garden party or an outdoor wedding or an Easter or Mother's Day brunch,” Garbarini said. “Floral prints are so springy and feminine, like a breathe of fresh air.”

For a peek at Terri Garbarini's home garden and her gardening tips, check out this feature from The Denver Post.

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