26 Romantic Inspired, Impressionist-Style Floral Dresses for Summer

Photographed by Sebastian Kim, Vogue, June 2016

Florals are not necessarily a groundbreaking concept, but there was a painterly quality to the print this season that seemed almost Impressionist era-inspired. Since most designer’s mood boards begin with a piece of artwork as a reference, it comes as no surprise that our favorite floral prints for summer could have been plucked from a Claude Monet masterpiece or straight from a Pierre-Auguste Renoir landscape. When applied to a romantic yet modern day silhouette, Impressionist floral dresses are the no-fail option when creating a dreamy summer wardrobe lineup.

There are a few key points to remember when looking for your own perfect frock. This trend, of course, is all about a muted pastel color palette inspired by the movement itself. Plenty of volume, ruffles, and gathered layers are necessary when it comes to construction, and a floor-sweeping gown or midi-length is a must when it comes to hemlines. Sweet smocking and pleats hit all the high notes, and an attention to trimmings—from lace to satin ribbons—further expand upon the charming mood of the trend. Make sure to look for modern shapes that will transform these prints from the past to present.

Below shop 26 Impressionist floral dresses for an inspired summer wardrobe.

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