Branch out: try flower power...

Coast Marua floral embellished dress, �195 (www.coast-stores.com).
Coast Marua floral embellished dress, �195 (www.coast-stores.com).
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A spring season is never in full bloom until florals start to blossom on the high street rails.

But this year designers must have had very green fingers on the drawing boards...

Mary Portas floral print batwing dress, �200; from House of Fraser (020 7003 4000/www.houseoffraser.co.uk).

Mary Portas floral print batwing dress, �200; from House of Fraser (020 7003 4000/www.houseoffraser.co.uk).

Because flower power is bigger than ever.

Head-to-toe summer meadow-inspired look and clashing floral prints are set to flourish and this mixed bouquet will also see everything from eye-popping 3D floral embellishments to spriggy prints.

Pick your favourite florals and make up your own arrangement...

Embellished buds

Autograph floral skirt, �39.50; Limited bra top, �17.50, Marks & Spencer (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).

Autograph floral skirt, �39.50; Limited bra top, �17.50, Marks & Spencer (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).

Designers Louis Vuitton and Christopher Kane set the 3D trend with frocks featuring applique blooms – and the high street has followed suit with embellishment aplenty.

Some of these florals are so lifelike they’ll float in a summer breeze just like real petals.

For a chic look, ensure that the 3D ‘buds’ are the same colour as your top or dress. Bear in mind that all-over texture can make things look bigger so avoid if you’re conscious of increasing your bust or bottom area.

Bold blooms

Bloom print top, �12; pleat front blue trousers, �14 and earrings, �2.50, George at Asda (0800 952 0101/www.george.com).

Bloom print top, �12; pleat front blue trousers, �14 and earrings, �2.50, George at Asda (0800 952 0101/www.george.com).

Prepare to be be bold. Prints have undergone a tropical makeover with vivid flowers that look like they’ve been plucked from the Bahamas – perfect for a holiday wardrobe.

For more of an English country garden feel, choose prints with a white backdrop. Alternatively, set on black, your vibrant florals will have a modern, darker edge that’s ideal for night-time glamour.

Experiment by clashing two opposing floral prints – but pick out the same petal colour in each pattern to ensure your cross-pollination is a hit.

Muted floral

For wallflowers who prefer the shade, there are some sweet, pared-down prints.

In either muted, darker shades or wishy-washy watercolours, these are the florals that look fragrantly seductive rather than assaulting your eyeballs.

Spriggy prints or miniature buds will look elegant on a darker base – so stick to dark blues, greys or blacks to look the part.

If coloured prints are still too saccharine sweet for you, go for monochrome florals for a Chanel-style twist.

Accent petals

You don’t have to work an all-over print.

You can avoid the head-to-toe bouquet look by teaming a floral separate with block colour items.

Wear your print on the area you wish to accentuate.

A small, spriggy print will add an air of retro glamour to boyish figures, while curvy shapes should seek bolder prints to balance out proportions.