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

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), citychiconline.com; Woman Within turtleneck, $10 (M – 1X) or $15 (2X – 4X), onestopplus.com; eShakti skirt, $72 (12 – 36W), eshakti.com; Lancaster Paris bag, $265, lancaster.com; Boden heels, $148, bodenusa.com.

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:

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Shop the look: Talbots jacket, $219 (12 – 24W), talbots.com; 6th & Lane top, $99 (14/16 – 26/28), lanebryant.com; Fashion to Figure jeans, $35 (14 – 24), fashiontofigure.com; Ramy Brook bag, $545, ramybrook.com; Calvin Klein Jeans boots, $169, macys.com 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:

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

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

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

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