It takes a strong, confident man to totally rock a trend that screams of feminine authority, but then again this season is far from being the first one that installed men’s fashion in the middle of a print invasion. If you’re the fashion forward kind of guy who doesn’t mind sporting a bold color or an intricate pattern at times, we bet occasions will rise when further pushing the style boundaries will only result in a floral burst.
Flowers have always been used to express feelings and commemorate rituals, so it’s safe to assume that floral prints and fashion share a common past, one keen on amplifying a statement regardless of its nature. For fashion in spring / summer 2013, the vibrant hues are being complemented by an equally lively selection of prints, making it easy to choose between a daring, adventurous or a rather minimal approach.
Floral prints for men: smart and loud statements
If the courage and the desire to brave this season in an unconventional kind of way are already there, all that’s left to do is finding the appropriate print and a fitting look able to read masculinity, while delving into an extent of femininity. As always, the runway holds all the answers to a flawless styling manner.
The floral suit: update on a classic
Unconventional, youthful and totally bold, the idea of reinventing the classic dark suit with the help of a floral print is as alluring as it is provocative. Toned down by a neutral color palette, styled with a sleek button-down shirt and a pair of leather loafers, the look exudes a quiet confidence and a dose of mystery.
Floral print suit on the runway at Wooyoungmi S/S ’13 men’s
A polished take on summer
Ideal for a long summer stroll, a yacht escapade, or for any given activity that requires a sense of freedom gracing the garments, a pair of slightly cropped trousers, covered in a refreshing floral print come as an intriguing offering. The crimson and orange rush of the print is softened when the clean lines of a white cardigan and a matching pair of classic loafers are chosen to seal the deal.
Floral print trousers on the runway at Gucci S/S ’13 men’s
Sportswear touched by luxe
Putting an an athletic spin on the everyday wear and infusing the garments with a sense of ease sounds exciting as it is, but throwing a floral print in the mix takes things to a different level. Shorts, a daring polo shirt and a light jacket, mixed effortlessly and topped by a pair of sunglasses seem like vacation ready.
Floral print t-shirt on the runway at Dirk Bikkembergs S/S ’13 men’s
Going dark with florals
At Paul Smith a sliced-and-diced rose print morphing into a darker pattern, accenting the slim silhouette of a button down shirt serves to prove that even flower prints hide somewhat of an obscure quality. Teamed to a pair of cuffed cigarette trousers and a polka dots and floral motif tie, the sleek shirt appears mannish and cool.
Floral print shirt on the runway at Paul Smith S/S ’13 men’s
Head-to-toe men’s florals
Certainly not meant for just anybody, the head to toe floral look requires a different level of confidence and an aesthetic that is not entirely strange to breaking the fashion rules. Better fitting the decor of a wild party, but able to appear equally captivating on the streets, a jumpsuit/jacket ensemble printed in vivid florals means taking it up a notch, ’80s style.
Floral print look on the runway at Versace S/S ’13 men’s
Grunge androgyny expression
Leave it to a sober tailored floral printed coat to completely change the face of men’s fashion. Worn on top of a short suit that puts an emphasis on mixing classic tailoring with sportswear, and styled with a pair of sneakers on top of a grunge attitude, the coat becomes more that just another androgyn expression.
Floral printed coat on the runway at Raf Simons S/S ’13 men’s
A subtle way to make a stand: floral men’s accessories
As not all man are just as excited to sport floral prints for spring and summer, not daring to wear a full printed shirt or suit, the floral print accessories come as a fashionable alternative. From ties to pocket squares and hats, everything carrying the trend influence will work just as well in a lively combo.
Floral printed tie on the runway at Paul Smith S/S ’13 men’s
Floral prints for men: picture inspiration
For more ideas on dressing men’s florals, as seen on the spring 2013 runways, peruse the gallery above.