By InStyle Staff
Dec 25, 2014 @ 4:14 pm
Kate Lacey

Floral prints don't have to be saccharine. These fresh blooms have a dark, graphic side that's as cool and moody as it is feminine.

For starters, try to modernize a retro marigold skirt by marrying it with all black. The resulting hourglass silhouette calls for a ladylike tote and patent pumps.

Shop the look (above): City Chic, $150 (14 – 24),; Woman Within turtleneck, $10 (M – 1X) or $15 (2X – 4X),; eShakti skirt, $72 (12 – 36W),; Lancaster Paris bag, $265,; Boden heels, $148,

For a rock and roll spin, try an abstract blossom under a blazer (scrunch the sleeves); inky skinny jeans and moto boots up the attitude:

Kate Lacey

Shop the look: Talbots jacket, $219 (12 – 24W),; 6th & Lane top, $99 (14/16 – 26/28),; Fashion to Figure jeans, $35 (14 – 24),; Ramy Brook bag, $545,; Calvin Klein Jeans boots, $169, for stores.RELATED: 50 Pieces of Chic Holiday Jewelry Under $50

This muted motif lends some dressy edge to comfy drawstring pants. Take advantage of the elastic ankle cuffs and flaunt a pair of killer peep-toe booties:

Kate Lacey

Shop the look: Mynt 1792 jacket, $248 (0X – 4X),; Old Navy tank, $33 (1X – 4X),; Torrid pants, $55 (0 – 5),; Sequin cuff, $120,; Joelle Hawkens by Treesje bag, $265,; Jerome C. Rousseau heels, $795,

Structural details—a nipped-in waist, straight sleeves—prevent a prominent print from overwhelming you. Bordeaux mary janes bring the sexy:

Kate Lacey

Shop the look: Eloquii, $128 (14 – 24),; BaubleBar bracelet, $38,; BCBG Max Azria clutch, $168,; Ann Taylor heels, $138,

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