Trudi Bennett, renowned Personal Fashion Stylist and owner of Wardrobe Flair, gives her take on the current winter floral trend. 

While the days are getting shorter and darker, we’re lucky gorgeous, floral prints are here to pull us out of the depths of winter despair and into happy thoughts of sunshine and style.

Whether you consider yourself a floral girly-girl, or not, let’s talk about the best ways to wear this current trend.


First up, there’s decisions about colours, not only the colour of the pattern, but the print’s background, as this is the primary colour that will shine through.


Colours like black, white, navy, grey, ivory and beige are safe to buy when you aren’t quite sure what colour to wear. White backgrounds with bright, larger blooms give a stand-out, fresh look, while darker fabrics give a more tailored and elegant vibe.


How about incorporating it into your look in a more subtle way? A floral print on shoes, or just a sleeve can give your outfit a modern twist. A pretty print top with an over-sized blazer creates a juxtaposition of feminine and masculine, and gives just a glimpse of floral down the middle.


Did you also know that prints in general are very good at distracting the eye. This gives a bit more confidence to people who are worried about any lumps or bumps being on show. And if you’re keen to keep your florals more to yourself, how about some beautiful botanics on your lingerie or pretty floral earrings?

Whether you decide to jump in, or dip your toe, the on-trend options are endless at Milford Shopping Centre.

Let’s remind ourselves and others, that winter doesn’t have to be grim and gloomy but can instead be

blooming marvellous!

– Trudi Bennett,

Instagram & Facebook @wardrobeflair

More on Trudi Bennett…

Trudi’s love affair with all things stylish ignited after living in London for six years. Upon her return to Wellington – and a couple of children later – Trudi gave her lucky friends’ a ‘wardrobe revamp’. These transformations led to many people contacting her for impeccable fashion advice. Previously a journalist in both London and NZ, she began the journey of researching and creating Wardrobe Flair in 2005.

Since then Trudi has styled numerous individuals, and has worked with new and existing corporate companies, presenting fashion segments on TV and being a Fashion Blogger for shopping centres and radio stations.

Trudi follows an instinctual, logical and practical approach to finding colours, shapes and styles that suit everyone’s unique needs. She is completely passionate about building people’s confidence. She thrives in showing individuals their strengths in dressing and most importantly, making it easy in this busy day and age.

Step into the world of Fashion with Trudi, the fabulous style guru, see more on her website below.

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