Floral prints are a timeless spring and summer classic that will never go out of style. While florals are worn all year round, they have the most significant impact on spring and summer wardrobes. What exactly is the difference between spring and summer floral prints though? Florals are florals, so the same prints must work for both seasons, right? Well, there are some distinctions between spring and summer florals to keep in mind, mostly in regards to the color palette used. With that said, there is no set rule that dictates which prints you can wear and when you can wear them. These are just some differences that I’ve noticed.
For spring, think softer pastel florals. They’re more delicate and subtle and are often planted on lighter backgrounds, such as cream or baby blue. Pink is very popular amongst spring floral prints. Pink roses and peonies are more prominent in the spring, accompanied by long sage green stems and leaves. Generally, spring floral prints are not as grand as summer floral prints.
Summer florals are far more vibrant and bold. They’re loud and wild, resembling the energetic mood of summer. Even the green in the leaves and stems are brighter. Summer floral prints also tend to be larger in scale and take up more of the fabric. In contrast to spring, summer floral prints typically use colored backgrounds, daring to use other noticeably bright colors or even black. Another main attribute of summer is most definitely the appearance of tropical florals. Prints with large banana leaves mixed with vivid red and orange hibiscus flowers are quite common in the summer.
Below are some examples of spring and summer floral prints: