Floral prints are synonymous with spring and summer. It is only recently that menswear labels have started embracing what was seen as print mainly for women. Floral motifs are no longer being shunned because the western idea of what masculinity is about has become more flexible. For the last few seasons we’ve seen florals on men’s clothing establish themselves, and ‘flourish’.
Ralph Lauren SS14
Marc Jacobs SS14
Designers have started moving away from the simple Hawaiian print, and even those that have kept true to it, are choosing to reinvent the way that this infamous print is presented.
Julien David SS14
The are various ways in which this trend has been interpreted. The runways have shown simple, and daring ways of wearing floral, ie:
- micro-print floral
- dress down blooms
- flower tailoring
- head to toe floral
Alexander McQueen SS14
3.1 Phillip Lim SS14
If you are introducing florals to your wardrobe only in this season, I would suggest you take baby steps. Start with the basic items, maybe a t-shirt with micro floral print, or a tie, or even a cap. Dress that down with a simple t-shirt and shorts. Floral printed cotton pants and shorts add the finishing touch to your summer ensemble. For a more formal look, a floral-print pocket square will render the 'pop’ that is needed. Whichever way you choose to wear your floral, make sure your colours and motifs do not clash.
If you decide to be daring this season, try out the looks by Alexander McQueen and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Head to toe floral is a massive risk, which needs a lot of confidence. You can keep to the same print, or try out various prints on the same outfit.
Comme des Garcons SS14
Florals have come a long way, from the crazy hawaiian shirts your father wore to the large plethora of prints one can choose from. Fashion is all about expressing oneself and experimenting, so go on and incorporate floral print into your otherwise boring closet.