In The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestly famously declared that florals for spring were by no means groundbreaking. But in winter? Rocking florals becomes a whole other ballgame. Moodier, darker iterations recently flooded the ready-to-wear runways in the form of small Liberty-style patterns, as well as oversized blooms. Mary Katrantzou, the whimsical British designer best known for her fantastical use of florals, color, and graphic prints, along with labels like Altuzarra and Zuhair Murad (the latter of which is known for designing the most extra red-carpet gowns), kept all kinds of petals in play during their recent shows.
Naturally, floral inspo’s also found its way into activewear, with designs both subtly neutral (think grey and rosy shades of blush) and OTT—like the overblown blossoms covering the latest leggings at Tory Sport (in one of this season’s biggest color combos, no less). Other brands banking on the perennial power of flowers: Cynthia Rowley, Forever21, Athleta, and Sweaty Betty, to name a few.
What’s more is how great floral leggings look when you’re not working out. Because they give every ensemble that little something. I love to wear mine with an oversized cashmere sweater and rose gold sneakers. Let’s just say, it’s one fitness fashion trend that’s really grown on me.