Upon hearing the name of British songstress Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine), some people might instantly recall her powerful vocals and widespread success as a recording artist. Others might even hear the opening strums of “Dog Days Are Over” start playing in their heads. As for me, a combination of these things comes to mind, but being the celebrity style-obsessed person that I am, Welch’s statement-making fashion also stands out. Although she doesn’t always make the official best-dressed lists, she does have a permanent spot on the best-dressed list of my heart. Her fusion of ethereal elegance and gothic chic, mixed in with a little ‘70s flare, is always something I look forward to seeing both on and off the red carpet, and for those of us who wish we could incorporate a splash of the singer’s eclectic style into our own wardrobes, I’ve located an assortment of items that I think reflect some of Welch’s go-to looks.
Ever since she became a style maven, Welch has never met a sheer dress she didn’t like. Be it embellished or embroidered, a see-through, goddess-like gown is a staple of her style. The Free People top and tiered skirt I chose are inspired by a dress Welch wore last year, and together they’re perfect for accenting with metallic jewelry and a retro box clutch. However, there’s no need to over accessorize dress option number three, as the garment would still be stylish if only worn with a few rings and a pair of buckled ankle boots. Lastly, although the fourth option is an airy crochet creation, its dreamy detailing is ideal for summer days and nights, so don’t feel like you can’t emulate Welch’s style just because the sun’s gone down.
Another style favorite of the 25-year-old’s is a bold floral print. Combined with her tendency to wear matching tops and trousers combos, these pants and blazer options are suitable (see what I did there?) for recreating Welch’s many two-piece ensembles. ASOS sells a fabulous selection of printed pants and jackets (and floral print items in general) and additionally caters to a range of sizes, including petite and plus. Furthermore, Topshop and H&M offer a variety of floral print fashions to mix and match with other patterned pieces, but if you’re not down with sporting busy prints head to toe, then try pairing a printed piece with a solid-colored item (similar to what Rihanna did with her patterned pants).
For this last look, I opted to loosely recreate Welch’s rustic-hued airport ensemble from last month. Besides reminding me that I never look this stylish after getting off a plane, Welch’s travel wear is demonstrative of her taste for mixing modern style with old school influences (and is also indicative of her fondness for color coordination). But instead of finding a vintage-looking, mid-length jacket to layer over the rest of the outfit, I chose a long cardigan from Lands’ End to drape over an orange bow-necked blouse from ModCloth and a pair of black skinnies from Gap. However, if you would prefer to keep the jacket a part of this look, I recommend stopping by a Goodwill or local thrift store and sifting through their selection of outerwear. It’ll probably take some time, but there really is no better place to find vintage or decade-specific clothing than a good ol’ fashioned second-hand shop. As a matter of fact, second-hand stores are great places to search for any items that reflect Flo’s style, so don’t be afraid to get thrifty! But I digress. Finish this look with a pair of lace-up Oxford flats, a floppy-brimmed hat, a fringe purse and orange jewelry, and you might find that you’re feeling a little more Florence-y today.
As always, I hope my picks are to your liking, but if you’d love to share any alternative items, favorite looks or your love for Flo and her music, do so in the comments section! Additionally, feel free to share this with your friends on Twitter and/or Facebook!