How To Wear 70's-Inspired Floral Dresses For Summer

It’s no secret that the fashion world has been obsessed with all things '70s for some time now. Flowing fringe, luxurious suede, and bohemian florals have once again taken center stage in 2016—and they seem to be here to stay. But while rich suede and eye-catching fringe may be harder to pull off during the relaxed, hazy days of summer, the whimsical floral dress fits right in. Its feminine print and silhouette, combined with romantic accents like lace and crocheted trim, make the '70s-inspired floral dress ideal for the warm-weather months. Even better, this surprisingly versatile trend is a breeze to style for any occasion or setting the season has in store. 

Breezy Maxi + Topper

A staple of the summer season, the maxi dress, with its floor-grazing silhouette, reflects the effortless elegance of '70s fashion. Adding to its appeal, the maxi is easily dressed up or down, offering an endless number of ways to wear it during even the hottest of months. To create the ultimate boho chic ensemble, opt for a flowing maxi in a darker neutral hue (think black, navy, or deep plum) that features pops of florals, like the ones seen here. To finish off your ensemble, you can pair the maxi with heeled booties and a crossbody bag for a breezy look. 

Mini Hemline + Bell Sleeves

On the other end of the hemline spectrum from the maxi is the mini dress, ideal for those who want to bare a bit more leg for the summer season. To balance out the short skirt of this particular style, look for a style that features long sleeves. As this article notes, bell sleeves are not only trending for the season and offer a hint of a '70s silhouette, but they also add volume to a floral mini. For summer, pair with a floppy sun hat and platform sandals to further highlight the retro feel of your dress. Then, take the floral mini into fall (without losing any of its '70s-inspired appeal) by wearing with over-the-knee boots and sheer black tights. 

Strappy Style + White Tee

Though yards of billowing fabric is certainly one way to evoke the bohemian vibe, it’s not the only option when it comes to wearing the '70s-esque floral dress. For an unexpected twist on the trend, choose a strappy, body-skimming silhouette in a midi style—the perfect middle-ground between a maxi and mini. Then, try layering your strappy floral dress with a white T-shirt underneath, as this post suggests. The crisp addition will add an edge to the feminine print and give the overall look more depth. Then, complete the ensemble with a pair of chunky heels (another welcome nod to the '70s) or finish with slip-on sneakers for a modern look.