Spring florals, part 1

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Just a really bright and graphic popover.

These track pants are just all sorts of fun, and this print also comes in an anorak.

Just an easy blue floral short-sleeved top for throwing on under a blazer.

An oversized shirtdress that’s nice and breezy and would be perfect for a really hot day.

A sweet blue floral at a very nice price.

I don’t usually like tiered dresses, but the tiers here are really subtle and not too flouncy.

The print on this one is kind of hippie girl, but the cut is a bit more sophisticated.

Such a cute Liberty print, and I love that it’s short-sleeved  (though it also comes in a long-sleeved version).

A cute blue dress with perfect sleeves and a band collar.

A sweet belted shirtdress with a retroish feel.

Such a feminine dress, and the smocking is a nice touch.

This silk shirt has a kind of trippy print and rings in under $100.

A fun bucket hat, for the beach, the greenmarket, wherever.

This tie front ruffle shirt looks like a perfect vintage find.

I like the slouchy fit of this green floral from Rag & Bone.

just a nice full skirt with a sweet Liberty print.

This is the type of tiered dress I like, because there’s just one tier. And even though I don’t typically like earth tones, I do like the hue here.

This is just an easy, perfect-for-spring top, and it’s made of recycled fabric.

The pink and green flowers on this top don’t look so much preppy as they so sweet and soft and sort of French.

And finally: a silk midi skirt with a delightfully happy print.

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38 Thoughts on Spring florals, part 1
    Amanda H
    14 Apr 2021
    11:56am

    Something about wearing leggings /sweats during the pandemic and only jeans and tshirts before the pandemic has made my fashion sense shift wildly. I now LOVE florals, dresses, brights, ruffly blouses as a 45 year old. I loved this round-up, Kim. Thank you so much and keep them coming! #nevertoooldforflorals

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    H.P.
    13 Apr 2021
    1:35pm

    I love having a complaint cheerleader.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    13 Apr 2021
    11:17am

    I can’t really decide whether I like these or not. Maybe it’s that I find them pretty, but not for me. I might dream about wearing a floral skirt with a tank and strappy Greek sandals, tho.

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      Eloise
      13 Apr 2021
      12:17pm

      Same!

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    Candy
    13 Apr 2021
    8:19am

    Kim, you hit it out of the park. What a lovely bouquet of florals. The navy blue floral Treasure and Bond short sleeve blouse is headed my way. As an aside, I just wish all the dresses this season weren’t either tiered or flocked. I read Laura Ingalls Wilder, I don’t want to dress that way.

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    cw
    13 Apr 2021
    8:34am

    Agree with Candy on the tiered dresses. I also can’t get past puff shoulders. Or shirt dresses in general. As a matter of fact, I’m getting a distinct 50’s vibe from many of the dress styles this season which gets my ire up since women were so suppressed in the 50’s. Is fashion trying to bring back the concept that all women should be “housewives” and not CEO’s or Vice-Presidents or, for that matter, PRESIDENTS? Having said all that, I LOVE the track pants. LOVE THEM. Will I look like a senior citizen about to board a cruise line to the Caribbean if I wear them? Quite possibly. Do I care? Nope.

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      Jenny
      13 Apr 2021
      8:21pm

      Aww, I love a good shirt dress! In their defense: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-surprisingly-feminist-story-of-the-shirt-dress-1529079921
      But maybe the WSJ isn’t the best source for anything feminist….

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        Viajera
        14 Apr 2021
        1:04pm

        I still sometimes daydream about that Demestik one. But, would I have actually worn it? And, where????? Hmm. Could be that was just too big a leap. And, of course, my size was gone by the time I found out about it. It was gorgeous though. It was like a unicorn of shirtdresses. (I can’t wear normal ones. Wrong shape.)

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          Viajera
          14 Apr 2021
          1:13pm

          Omgee, I just went back to look at the Demestik and … wow!!! I feel so cheered up just looking at the pictures. I am pretty tightfished with clothes money, but oh my gosh… Just in case anyone feeling spendy is around today. It is, as George might say, like a B12 shot.

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            Eloise
            14 Apr 2021
            3:07pm

            Holy crap, Viajera. I want almost ALL the Demestik! Thanks for the introduction….

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              Viajera
              14 Apr 2021
              8:20pm

              Ah, thanks, but … I am pretty sure I saw that brand here. I think in a mask post. Isn’t it awesome??? If you saw, there is a photo of the Tania tunic where the model is wearing it open. That might be doable.

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    y.k.
    13 Apr 2021
    8:37am

    The kitchen of my childhood home on Long Island had wallpaper exactly like that bucket hat when my family moved in 1978. I was sad when my mom immediately took it down.

    yes, that last skirt is a delight.

    also, I just finished Cat Marnell’s memoir – How to Murder Your Life. Wowza. not for the faint of heart, but must admit I finished it in record time aghast(& agog!). sorry , dont’ mean to beat a dead horse, i know discussion was intense a few weeks ago.

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      Mary
      13 Apr 2021
      11:57am

      I actually want to read her memoir – thanks for the reminder!

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      Sara C
      13 Apr 2021
      12:08pm

      Did it ever get deeper? I listened to about half of it on Audible, but eventually gave up when my suspicion that a deeper level of meaning/insight/self-awareness was not forthcoming grew stronger than my interest in the story. She’s a crack storyteller and observer to be sure, but unless I got it wrong, pretty shallow.

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        y.k.
        14 Apr 2021
        9:54am

        nope. it was scene after scene of drugs, lies, bulimia, Jean Godfrey June, getting treated like garbage by various guys, and what she wore. I was waiting for a little more info on her parents, but they were presented as cardboard cutouts.
        but she made me LOL a few times and to be honest, i have a real fondness for addict memoirs.

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    Patty
    13 Apr 2021
    9:54am

    Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking… tee hee.

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    kimbersam
    13 Apr 2021
    9:58am

    That Ganni Dress (swoons)! Must get to my fainting couch! Kim, if you are up for a request, I’d love a Masterclass in print matching/clashing (please). I get the basics (have one color in both prints the same.) but would love your take. Also, Y.K. I found the Cat Marnell memoir the very definition of “the beautiful and the damned.” I think the convo got intense because one poster didn’t want to do the homework and threw a temper tantrum about it. And there was some interest in Cat acknowledging her privilege (which she did) and Kim holding her accountable (which really isn’t a podcast host’s role IMHO.)

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      Viajera
      13 Apr 2021
      1:21pm

      Sure but otoh, I think it is okay to not want to invest the time in some things, and to tell the rest of us why. (Of course, if one were really abusive to someone, I wouldn’t like that.) I want to know what people think of things here. It isn’t – to me at least – one of those sites where everything has to be happy all the time. Further, as an aside, I will admit – I found the photo of that guest a bit offputting. It seems a teeny bit odd to me to have your hair look like that in the middle of a pandemic – though I suppose, it could be an old photo, too. And, it reminded me of so much that I don’t miss about “women’s magazines.” What they sold, how they sometimes made the rest of us feel. (Lucky didn’t do that, ime. Or I guess I wouldn’t hang out here.) Is it fair of me to mention this in regard to just one person – whom I don’t know and in whom I’m not that interested particularly? – maybe not. Otoh, somehow “it” is the subtext much of the time, when we are talking about popular culture, feminism, etc. Anyhow, I’m not trying to pick a fight with you, esp since I am manifestly one of the people who hasn’t done the reading. (Although it rather sounds like a good read. I just don’t have the time.) Just, I kind of like people who are willing to complain. If people never complain, then no one else really knows them. (And if all they do is complain, no one else wants to.)

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        Viajera
        13 Apr 2021
        1:22pm

        Well, except me, I guess! Ha. I am a complaint cheerleader.

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          y.k.
          14 Apr 2021
          9:59am

          totally with you. people who never complain are a little Stepfordy.

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        kimbersam
        13 Apr 2021
        5:29pm

        Complaints are fine, opinions are fine, not everyone agrees with everyone else. Viejera, you often pick my posts to poke at and I am not phased in the slightest. This particular Cat Marnell comment that I am referencing was somebody having a sh*te day and taking it out on Kim and her guest. And when we tried to figure out why she was so heated, she just dug her heels in further. Interestingly, haven’t seen her comment here since.

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          Viajera
          13 Apr 2021
          7:32pm

          Oh, good, bc I am a huge fan of yours!! I think I thought you were referring to one of the regulars here. I have probably forgotten about the other person, and what-all they said. (I appear to have a gift for forgetting unpleasant things generally.) But, no one should be mean to Kim! I so enjoy having a place to chat about stuff with intelligent, non-mean people. There is too much mean already. I hope I haven’t been rude to you. I can be awkward. Plus, there is the whole print v IRL thing too. No tone, online.

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            kimbersam
            14 Apr 2021
            10:03am

            Nope, not rude at all! Your tone is really warm and I get a kick out of your stream-of-consciousness style 😉

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              D.Morgendorffer
              14 Apr 2021
              2:05pm

              I am glad about the mutual warmth because…when Mindy was having a tough time recently, I self-soothed by imagining convincing Mindy to go on a spontaneous trip with me to meet up with y’all and go on a quest to sample the donuts of the burgeoning restaurant empire of the man, the myth, the legend, Danny Trejo. (This is very uncharacteristic of me in real life, as a person who packs her packing list to double-check at the end of vacation. My adult self is an over-correction for chucking in a bottle of shampoo in luggage for my high school Judicial Club Mock Trials. I am still bitter, though, that my Mock Trial partner won an award for the opening statement that I totally reworked for her. There is no true justice in Judicial Club Mock Trial awards.) Anyway, I pictured the four of us getting involved in wacky, late night adventures as we tried to make our way to the donuts. Sort of a Gen X Lady reworking of Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, but in a Bosch, LA Noir setting. Of course, during our various discouraging setbacks to get donuts, we are revived by the wise words of a mustache-ed gentleman who looks suspiciously like the star of Machete Kills as he crosses our path, “Sometimes, ladies just need donuts.” So true. The only question is, which other commenter would pick up the phone in the middle of the night when we call from jail (the culmination of a comic mix-up of suitcases at the airport when Mindy and I landed).

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                kimbersam
                14 Apr 2021
                2:45pm

                Looking forward to joining you to pitch that to Dreamworks! It’s the 2021 version of Thelma, Louise, Viajera, kimbersam, Mindy, and D.Morgendorffer. I’m calling firstsies for the Brad Pitt fling 🙂

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                Jenny
                14 Apr 2021
                4:58pm

                It is coming on 33 years since I did mock trial, and I am STILL BITTER about the outcome of the finals.

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            Kim France
            14 Apr 2021
            6:18pm

            Thank you, Viajera! xxx

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    roomi
    13 Apr 2021
    1:36pm

    I love having a complaint cheerleader.

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    Liz
    13 Apr 2021
    2:18pm

    I’m sure I probably say this anytime a post contains a dress like the Xirena one but, my god, I just can’t even believe how expensive that style of dress is now, even on Etsy. In the 90s you could find them in every RI hippie store for like $30. Are there no cheap versions to be found? I love them, but they are so not worth $345.

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    Francine Harris
    13 Apr 2021
    4:56pm

    I really like teeny tiny spring florals in theory and love all of your selections. But rarely do I reach for them in real life. Maybe it’s watching too many ‘Friends’ repeats, but I’m all about Rachel & Monica’s Levi’s and pink crewneck Tshirts these days. (Personally, I think the fashion on that show is still cool!)

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    MaryAlice
    13 Apr 2021
    10:36pm

    Ganni dress ordered. it is SO not like anything that I ever wear..but free shipping so what the hell. It will either make me look like an interesting SIlver Lake type who has a show coming up at the Fowler Museum or the old lady at the 99 Cent Store who mumbles to herself. I’ll keep you all posted.

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      kimbersam
      14 Apr 2021
      12:10pm

      MaryAlice, Would you be willing to check back in after you get the dress (please)? I am curious if it is as lovely in person. I live in LA too, so it would be hilarious if we ran into each other, both wearing THE dress.

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        MaryAlice
        14 Apr 2021
        12:57pm

        kimbersam, will do! I’d say my odds are not good for success, but I have a policy of trying EVERYTHING on, because you never know. Well, except for tube tops.

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          kimbersam
          15 Apr 2021
          9:43am

          Thank you!

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            MaryAlice
            16 Apr 2021
            8:08pm

            Ganni dress received, tried on & promptly returned. It is HUGE. I bought a size down and it is still like a circus tent. Fits nicely in the shoulders but flares out about a mile. The model in the picture definitely has the back clipped in to make the dress seem less voluminous. Beautiful fabric but I don’t want to look 4 times my normal size.

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    Zooming2Much
    14 Apr 2021
    12:13am

    How about florals that look good on zoom? I love patterns but in the zoom room many look awful / distracting … any that show well in virtual world?

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    NMW
    14 Apr 2021
    12:14am

    How about florals that look good on zoom? I love patterns but in the zoom room many look awful / distracting … any that show well in virtual world?

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