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Celeb Look of the Day: Anne Hathaway in Floral Prints

Floral prints are timeless, but they can also come across a little Easter Sunday or Shady Pines if you don’t know what you’re doing. Anne Hathaway got it half-right here — she managed to keep her floral dress from being cutesy by going with a print on black silk — but the waist is too high and cuts her off in a weird place. When prints are big and bright, you want the waist to hit directly above the belly-button at your narrowest point (good example: this dress by Alice + Olivia, $297, or this dress by Erdem, $794). Also, you should generally steer clear of pleats and gathers around the midsection — they can add unnecessary bulk to your frame. If you must, though, make sure to cinch up with a belt (this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress has a satin drawstring) — otherwise, you’ll just look like a fatty. Lastly, when doing florals, you should avoid ruffles and bows at all costs, unless you’re under the age of eight or it’s your quinceañera. Floral + ruffles + bows = a Bermuda’s Triangle of fashion from whence good taste can never return.

ANNE’S LOOK FOR LESS: strappy satin sandals (Martinez Valero, $99) + gathered satin clutch (Coccinelle, $79) + black floral print dress (See by Chloe, $451) = $629