The buds had barely formed on trees when we were overcome with a desire to be enrobed in flowers. But instead of dresses, we’re opting for floral tops this year. We like the flexibility a statement top gives the 60+ woman. In the form of blouses, casual tops, and tunics, floral tops can be dressed up or down–worn with a suit, with dressy pants for a night out, or with jeans for casual activities. Fortunately, there is a wide selection in stores and online this spring.
Soft and elegant blouses
For when you really need a touch of spring. Veronica Beard Abra Floral Ruffle Blouse, Neiman Marcus, $428
This soft watercolor print is asking to peek out from under white jacket. Ganni floral pleated half-button blouse in Sugar Plum, Neiman Marcus, $191.25 (sale price; reg $255)
Florals on muted raspberry are ready for an evening out. The pleated cuffs take it to a new level. PAIGE Palma Floral V-Neck Blouse, Neiman Marcus, $299
This romantic blouse takes on an edgy look when paired with black leather. Ribbons on the sleeves are genius. Alice + Olivia “Randa” blouse in a bold, artful Botanical Garden print. Bergdorf Goodman, $395. May be available at other retailers.
Bring these sleeves to a party or girls night out. Kobi Halperin Arden floral print, ruffle-trim blouse. Neiman Marcus, $192 (sale price; reg $458)
Too pretty for words. Make a statement by wearing it with black jeans. Alice and Olivia Ilan floral check print blouse. Bloomingdales, $395.00
Cool and casual tops
We like the juxtaposition of delicate florals and utility pants. PAIGE Nadja floral ruffle blouse in Mint Multi. Neiman Marcus, $194.25 (sale price; reg $259)
Florals take a crisp turn here with a black and white print. Wear with white jeans or black pencil skirt and a red bag. Ann Taylor floral split neck ruffle sleeve top in winter white. Ann Taylor, $69.50 (sale price; reg $79.50)
A cool top for a warm spring day. Pair it with slouchy trousers. Lauren Ralph Lauren floral elbow sleeve ruffle top in pink multi. Bloomingdale’s, $125
This western take on florals is a natural with your favorite jeans. Newcastle Bloom shirt in coral floral. Sundance, $98.00
Remember Peter Max? Or Hieronymus Bosch? We imagine this is how they would design a floral shirt for this millenium. Looks great with black or well-worn blue jeans. Boden New Linen Shirt in black gardenia pop. BodenUSA, $95
Bold and beautiful prints
No shrinking violet here. This bold print says “I’ve arrived.” Pants or jeans needed only in a supporting role. Velvet by Graham & Spencer Avery Boho Top in black floral. Bloomingdale’s, $198.00
Hot tamale! A stunning interpretion of the floral top in vivid summer colors. Wear with dark jeans or straight leg pants for dramatic effect. FARM Rio, Cotton Blooming Garden Blouse. Bloomingdale’s, $185.00
A blousey blouse in the emergent colors of spring. Medium-dye jeans or tapered pants in a blue-gray pull the look together. Velvet by Graham & Spencer, Colby Printed Button-up Top in Citron. Velbet-tees.com, $76.00 (sale price; reg $189.00)
Pull on this field of poppies with your most comfy jeans for a morning at the farmer’s market. Kobi Halperin Cassie Floral Voile Blouse in a vivid floral print.
elizabethkenny.com, $69.00 (sale price; reg $175.00)
Tunics for leggings and skinny jeans
Evoking an Asian silkscreen, this golden top looks regal with slim white pants. Johnny Was Mara Silk Floral Print Popover Top. Bloomingdale’s, $255.00
Shades of burgundy and rose populate this breezy tunic, made for walks in the garden. Op Art Organic Cotton Tunic Top in Block Floral Dulse. Seasalt Cornwall, $88.00
Audrey Hepburn-style cigarette pants provide a perfect balance to this lively top. NIC+ZOE Bold Blossoms Crinkle Shirt in Blue Multi. Bloomingdale’s, $96.20 (sale price; reg $148.00)
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