By JACKIE HOERMANN The Kansas City Star Floral prints aren’t reserved for Grandma’s wallpaper anymore. Carolina Herrera toyed with oversized botanicals in her spring 2011 collection for New York Fashion Week, a daring but sophisticated move. Daisies and dogwood flowers were set against silky black backgrounds and titled with Latin placards, giving new meaning to “garden variety.” A tasteful floral dress can be classy enough for upscale events, such as summer weddings and galas. Or pair one with a wide-brimmed hat for a day outdoors. Though a one-of-a-kind Herrera dress likely won’t pop up in your wardrobe anytime soon, there are pretty patterns to be found at shops around town. Stiletto Boutique in Olathe has this flowery dress with elongated flowers that is tame enough to wear again and again. “You don’t have to be a particular body type for this pattern to be complementary,” says Jennifer Hermon, owner of Stiletto, adding that the long lines of the stems are particularly flattering. “Look for more vertical prints, rather than a big round flower.” Roy Inman A strapless sundress ($32) juxtaposes a vertical flower motif against a black background. From Stiletto Boutique, 15056 S. Blackbob Road, Olathe, www.stilettoboutiquekc.com

Whimsical floral patterns draw attention to all the right places

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