Five Ways For Men To Wear Florals
Following the harsh blacks, muted greys and sober navies of dreary winter, spring is an excellent opportunity to inject some colour back into your wardrobe. And what better way to do so than with floral prints, which are in bloom once again on men’s catwalks.
From cool-toned Chinoiserie to dark botanical prints; from pyjama trousers, silk shirts to full-fledged suits, the floral trend made its sartorial debut in 2014 and quickly became a mainstay in the men’s fashion arena. No longer confined to the realms of women’s wardrobes, time has proven that florals are no longer ‘exclusively feminine,’ and have instead been snatched up by the likes of Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana for their menswear collections.
Vibrant, stylish and as fresh as cut flowers, don’t miss out on this season’s hottest trend. Here are Entouraaj’s top tips on how to make the floral print wearable:
- Let’s face it; florals have had a bad reputation in the past, largely being associated with your grandma’s tea cosy. But now, foliage has never been so fashionable. For a smart-casual take on the trend, you can opt for a floral suit. Take inspiration from the likes of Gucci and Thom Browne, and pair it with a clean-cut, block-coloured shirt and a pair of loafers, for a dapper but fun look.
Remember, the key to floral suits is choosing one that is classic in shape and tailored; fitting is key here.
- If you’re not ready to brave full-on floral, you can throw a colourful printed piece over a muted first layer, adding some character to your ensemble without looking like you’ve just wrestled with your garden. A sombre dinner jacket can easily be swapped for a floral one and looks suave with an effortless white tee and minimalist, fitted chinos or on top of a white shirt with dark suit trousers.
- The Hawaiian shirt earned its place in the fashion-faux-pas hall of fame when it became synonymous with the middle-aged archetype, who sports a dad-bod and wields a spatula at your annual family barbecue. But thanks to haute-couture, it’s been given a much-anticipated revival. If you want to keep things subtle, then Prada has created the perfect solution to wearing the Hawaiian shirt without looking like you’ve stepped off the beach, straight from the 80s.
The Aloha Noir theme can easily be worn; choose shirts with rich inky blues or deep wine reds as a backdrop for this daring pattern and you can’t go wrong. Short-sleeved and fitted; open-buttoned and layered with a neutral t-shirt and jeans; or simply matched with some bright socks under a pair of turned up chinos; this look is definitely a head-turner.
- Floral prints aren’t for the faint-hearted but they don’t have to mean loud tropical blooms. Menswear has proven that flowers can indeed be masculine, as long as they’re featured on the right piece against dark backdrops. Last year Zayn Malik looked effortlessly debonair in a silk Louis Vuitton baseball jacket, flourished with a Chinoiserie print in aqua hues.
Silk bomber jackets are a great way to fall in line with the trend without losing your street cred. This is a great take on urban-wear, and with copious colour schemes to choose from, there are a plethora of options for both the bold and the practical.
- Florals may not be your thing but spring is the season to start experimenting with tone and colour. If you don’t want to commit to a bold shirt or suit, try adding a floral accent such as a tie or pocket square to your outfit. There are several ways to stay true to the trend without compromising your style. To freshen up your look, pick up some suspenders, a flat cap or even a pair of oxfords.
So to the naysayers who said it couldn’t be done, consider yourself schooled because florals are officially for men. With the print blossoming in ubiquity all over catwalks, florals have even infiltrated the high streets, making the look not only fashionable, but widely accessible.
For other articles on men’s tailoring, take a read of these:
– Suit Yourself
– Wedding menswear guide: What to wear to a spring wedding
– Men’s guide to linen: What you need this summer