We’ve long since accepted florals for spring; a sartorial moment, that, however clichéd, comes around every year. But one that is less prevalent and arguably more fun to play with, is — you guessed it — floral prints for autumn, baby! As we enter a new season (which, PSA: technically began on 23 September), we’re moving away from heatwave dressing and towards fair-weather trends like knee-high boots and layered knits. And as we slowly start to transition our wardrobes, we’re here to remind you that there truly aren’t any steadfast rules to dressing for a season.
This month and beyond, don’t be afraid to keep your florals at the front of your wardrobe. From dresses offered in various prints and fits, to unique statement pieces, there’s far more than a handful of trendy floral frocks to consider this season. To help you pinpoint the right florals for your seasonal transition, we’ve styled 10 floral dress and trainers combos that are sure to provide outfits for days. Then, when the cooler weather arrives in full swing, style out your looks with a leather or denim jacket, blazer or comfy knit.
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Greens and creams are a go-to combo as the season transitions from summer into autumn. And you can easily make a romantic dress like this Reformation one more casual by slipping on some trainers.
Reformation Twilight Dress Es, $, available at Reformation
Pair the aforementioned saucy green number with flatform trainers, such as these Lacoste kicks, for added height (and coolness).
Lacoste L004 Platform Trainers In White, $, available at ASOS
Not to be dramatic, but a big print with Sportstyle trainers says ‘I know fashion’. Mixing sporty and dreamy feminine styles is the kind of sartorial dichotomy that really pulls together an outfit.
Sister Jane Zinnia Tiered Maxi Dress, $, available at Sister Jane
Salomon trainers have been one of the it-trainers for a few seasons now, and they are one of the best choices for the “wrong shoe theory”. Plus, they come in a range of attractive colours like this light mint, orange and feather gray pair.
Salomon XT-6 Unisex Sportstyle Shoes, $, available at Salomon
Channel your inner ’90s goth with a dark romantic floral midi dress. When you’re not wearing Dr. Martens or chunky platform sandals with a gothic floral dress, try out a pair of sporty trainers, instead.
Motel UO Exclusive Vilinia Flocked Mesh Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters
The backbone of “blokecore”, Adidas Sambas have transcended the football world and infiltrated fashion as a style staple in the last couple of years. Investing in a pair for autumn is never a bad idea.
Adidas Samba OG Shoes, $, available at Adidas
There’s something about a jumper dress that’s innately dressy casual. Experiment with all kinds of kicks and accessories to change the vibe of this frock.
By Anthropologie Mock-Neck Column Midi Jumper Dress, $, available at Anthropologie
If you’re on the lookout for a new pair of trainers that scream autumn, these leather and suede Vejas feature a pumpkin orange pop of colour that will do just the trick.
VEJA Veja V-12 Sneakers, $, available at & Other Stories
For those early autumn days when it’s not yet too cold out, try a breezy ’70s silhouette like this dress from DÔEN. Made from a mid-weight organic cotton voile, this vintage-inspired frock is playful wardrobe addition with its high neck, smocking and ruffled cuffs.
Dôen Idalie Dress, $, available at Dôen
Add some sporty vintage flair with these Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 trainers. The yellow colourway has been all the rage this year, but this earth tone pair is perfect for autumn.
Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66, $, available at Onitsuka Tiger
A dress like this works for so many occasions, making it a perfect candidate for a trainer-centric outfit this season.
Damson Madder Wren Textured Floral Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress, $, available at Damson Madder
It doesn’t get much more classic than this. With its clean, minimalist design, these leather Reeboks keep any autumnal look looking fresh.
Reebok Reebok Classic Leather, $, available at JD Sports
Cool tones and velvet will have you ready not only for this season, but the transition into the winter holidays, as well. There’s also just something so fun about a flouncy mini with running shoes.
Free People Marsha Mini Dress, $, available at Free People
A simple gray New Balance trainer is a wardrobe essential. Use a pair to tone down any party dress that you want to wear more casually.
New Balance 530 in Raincloud, $, available at New Balance
A simple monochrome smock like this one from Topshop can always benefit from some pop-of-colour bright shoes.
Topshop Collar Neck Mini Dress, $, available at ASOS
These ombré fiery red to orange trainers are sure to turn heads while you walk down the street.
Nike Air Max Plus, $, available at Nike
The rich chocolate brown colour of this midi dress inspired by vintage floral wallpaper gives major autumn vibes.
Florere Florere Linen Silk Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at Reiss
Amp up your trainer game by adding some trendy metallics to your footwear, such as these shimmering gold kicks from Gola.
Gola Tennis Mark Cox Sneakers, $, available at Free People
Take a satin slip dress like this AllSaints one and make it casual by just adding high tops.
AllSaints Bryony Rosalia Dress, $, available at Revolve
High-top chucks are timeless. They make any dress cool and casual with minimal effort.
Converse Chuck 70 Vintage Canvas, $, available at Converse
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