Papaveraceae prints: the florals that won't get boring

Florals are a go-to this time of year, but the usual blooms can get dull. These prints give an instant update to the most traditional of motif

A woman wearing a floral skirt and red high heels against a white background

Summer whimsy

Imagine walking through an English meadow in high summer with the wildflowers clinging to your skirt. This midi is what that would look like, with intense scarlet poppies standing out against vivid blue cornflowers in a painterly print. Dress it up for fancy occasions with a silk camisole or wear with a denim shirt and plimsolls (does anyone call them plimsolls these days?) for picnics, holidays and the office when you need cheering up. £149, Rumour London

A woman wearing a Liberty floral print dress

Natty threads

These crisp cotton pyjamas are exactly the sort of thing Margo from The Durrells would select for slouching around Corfu, clutching a paperback and waiting to be kissed in a cornfield. As fresh and cool as an August morning, they feature an iconic Liberty print from the archives and are made from cotton so soft it feels like silk. Smart navy piping and mother of pearl buttons make them even lovelier. £125, Liberty

A close up of an orla keily watch with a blue strap and a red floral face

Time catcher

The poppy is pared back to its bare essentials on Orla Kiely’s pop-art-inspired watch which is satisfying in its graphic simplicity. One for those who prefer their floral motifs to be as minimal as possible, the clean silhouette of the red resin petal face sits boldly on a royal blue leather strap. It also comes in a very swish case. £75, Hurn & Hurn

A woman wearing a floral blouse and denim jeans

Cotton fields

Sometimes all you want is to reach into your wardrobe and pull out something that will instantly make jeans, shorts or a denim skirt look as if you’ve put some time and effort into getting dressed (when you haven’t). This is that something. Another playful take on that classic poppies-and-cornflowers pairing, its straight shape adds a tomboyish edge that contrasts nicely with the prettiness of the print. £39, John Lewis

A woman wearing a white red and pink floral patterned dress

Best dress

With its wide shoulder straps, square neckline and crisp A-line skirt, this frock would already be a winner in our book. Throw in that exuberant, larger-than-life poppy print and you’ve got the ultimate sundress. We could imagine Talented Mister Ripley-era Gwyneth sunning herself in it on the Amalfi Coast. Just add espadrilles like these and a jaunty scarf and you’re good to go. £84, Damsel in a Dress

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