With every year and every spring-summer collection comes new trends, new colours and new silhouettes for girls' boutique clothing, but despite everything else changing, there was always one item of clothing that would always be on the rail, or so we thought.

A sneak peek of the upcoming collection by John Lewis had a conspicuous lack of floral midi dresses, a staple of boutiques up and down the high street.

The reason for this, according to fashion director Queralt Ferrer, is that the trend has been around far too long and it is time for people to move on.

This is in spite of their popularity with almost everyone, from the Princess of Wales to actors such as Emily Ratajkowski, and how the look is so versatile it can be a casual style with a pair of sneakers or with a pair of heels or Mary Jane shoes to create a look perfect for garden parties or wedding receptions.

Whilst floral dresses have been an on-and-off trend since time immemorial, the most recent rise of the floral look came as a response to the normcore movement of the early 2010s.

Near the end of the decade, as befits the fashion cycle, the floral midi made a striking comeback, as they were easy to wear, easy to make, bright and vibrant. In other words, they were a perfect antidote to anti-fashion.

They continued to be popular even as fashionistas were confined to their homes, as they were as suited to relaxing at home as they were enjoying the bright midday sun or the bright lights of a city centre.

However, unlike the white shirt or blouses emblazoned with Breton stripes, floral dresses are bright enough and noticeable enough to be vulnerable to the winds of change.

The rise of trends such as Y2K and the growing resurgence of separates instead of dresses, tailored cuts instead of loose fits and statement prints instead of flowers has led to the flowers returning to the wardrobe, at least for now.