Channel the garden of eden look

Belle print top, �45; Karen floral skirt, �65; both Phase Eight (www.phase-eight.co.uk). Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Belle print top, �45; Karen floral skirt, �65; both Phase Eight (www.phase-eight.co.uk). Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

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Most trends are like Marmite; you either love or hate them with a passion.

Florals are the exception - over the past couple of years the perennial spring print has become so popular it’s even blossomed on the catwalk in winter.

Myleene Klass for Littlewoods meadow printed top, �35 (www.littlewoods.com). Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

Myleene Klass for Littlewoods meadow printed top, �35 (www.littlewoods.com). Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

And the reason for the enduring floral fever? With such a variety of prints, mediums and backgrounds available on the high street, there’s a bloom for everyone to cultivate in their wardrobe. It’s as if the fashion industry has magnified the trend in a greenhouse - each spring the florals just get hotter, stronger and more varied. It may once have been the favourite print of your grandma, but florals have received a thoroughly modern makeover. Print dresses still remain a one-piece wonder for traditionalists, especially for summer occasions, but separates automatically make your florals look more contemporary.

Look for tailored skirts, trousers and blazers to mix with neutrals or, if you’re feeling brave, wear matching prints for a top-to-toe take on fauna. Florals work in the same way as other prints in flattering the body - stick to smaller patterns to streamline and oversized blooms to help create the illusion of curves. Take inspiration from the art gallery and make your florals abstract for a more grown-up feel. Less obvious than crystal clear flowery prints, these blurred watercolour-esque blooms can only be made out when up close.

If you have an aversion to bright colours, abstract prints seductively set against a dark background make them suitable for day or night. Keep your prints sharp - and smaller buds on a black background will also tick the box for this season’s Oriental look.