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Fashion: Floral inspiration

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 July 2016

Botanical large tote £119, Radley

Botanical large tote £119, Radley

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Take botanical ideas from English gardens to the tropics this summer, says St Albans Fashion Week director Ellena Ophira

Olivia Burton parlour watch £75, The Dressing RoomOlivia Burton parlour watch £75, The Dressing Room

This summer is all about bold, beautiful botantical prints from exotic leaf motifs to fabrics bursting with blooms, birds and butterflies. Patterns are fun and vibrant and colours are bright. Whether you opt for the more subtle English Country Garden look or indulge in something more exotic, the high streets are in full bloom.

A big trend now is to blend your prints, or even to wear the same print on the top and on the bottom. This is an intense look and one that I fear will struggle to translate from catwalk to highstreet. Instead, weave a botanical print into your wardrobe with ease and style. Style with something more modest and simple, like a white shirt or navy capri trousers. A pair of crisp tailored white trousers would also add a chic, riviera twist to the whole ensemble.

For ultra-glamour, add a large hat and the largest sunglasses you can find. These prints evoke the holiday spirit, so don’t be afraid to dress them up. From accessories to statement pieces, find your botanical must-have this summer.

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