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.
The good thing is that florals have come a long way since the Hawaiian shirts misrepresenting the fashion movement back in the 1980s. As part of the spring and summer 2014 fashion trends, men’s florals grew darker, covering a range of silhouettes that are actually wearable and blooming in patterns that are not so much bold, as they are dramatic and clearly interesting. To learn all about how to wear the floral prints for men now, read on after the break.
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 a certain extent of femininity. A contemporary interpretation of men’s florals is one that allows you to remain true to your aesthetic, while inviting you to further experiment and push your personal style boundaries. To do exactly that this season, all you will be needing is one (or a few) good floral staple:
The floral suit: update on a classic.
Unconventional and bold, the idea of reinventing the classic suit with the help of a modern floral print is set to finally bring together traditional tailoring with the best of floral statements. Seek your suit:
- in neutral color palettes and floral prints that are rich and interesting enough, without being overdone;
- in classic silhouettes, to tone down the effect of the vivid print and still come across as elegant and polished;
- style the floral suits with classic button downs in warm colours, a pair of brogues, loafers or buck shoes, and add a silk scarf or a slim tie as a final accessory.
Floral print suits on the runway at Frankie Morello and Gucci, S/S ’14
Florals for men: blooming trousers.
If you want to give the trend a try but you don’t want to go overboard with the prints, you can simply choose to incorporate one statement print per look. A pair of floral trousers are perhaps the easiest to style using:
- basic t-shirts and shirts with rolled up sleeves, in classic tones of white, gray, beige and khaki;
- a pair of brogues, loafers or a pair of sandals, keeping in mind the style of the pants and the overall feel of the look (laid-back, slouchy, sophisticated);
- you can choose to tuck you shirt in if the trousers have a tailored fit, and leave the t-shirts untucked if the pants have a slight relax fit;
- use a roomy bag and a pair of sunnies as the final touches.
Floral print trousers at Gucci, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dries Van Noten, S/S ’14
Florals for men: tailored shorts.
The everyday wear for spring got infused with a dressier quality once the tailored shorts entered the stage. Done in floral prints, be them light or dark, style them:
- with matching tops – like a t-shirt or a sweatshirt – and a pair of slip-on shoes for a cool, laid-back look;
- with a clashing shirt, featuring prints pertaining to the same colour family, for a look that is casual and dressy at the same time;
- with a plain t-shirt or shirt, if you want to keep the rest of your look simple and clean.
Floral print shorts at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Dries Van Noten, S/S ’14
Florals for men: classic outerwear
Leave it to a traditionally tailored piece of outerwear blooming in a subdued floral print to completely change your take on spring fashion. Choose between a lightweight trench, a cool biker jacket or a classic coat reimagined in dark floral prints and wear them:
- layered on top of smart separates, like a classic white shirt and a pair of black fitted pants;
- with slouchy pants and plain t-shirts for monochrome looks brought to life by a serious punch of exotic florals;
- with a pair of track pants to add a sportswear quality to the slightly Gothic interpretation of floral prints this spring.
Floral printed outerwear at Dries Van Noten, 3.1 Phillp Lim and Gucci, S/S ’14
Florals for men: clashing prints.
There’s no rule that says you have to wear a trend based on the way it was presented on the runway. There’s always your personal aesthetic to take into consideration, your level of confidence, the way your body is built and how much of a risk-taker you are. But if clashing prints is your way of fully indulging in a fashion trend, you can absolutely go for it. To do this right, make sure:
- to pick prints that feature colours belonging to the same family, like neutrals, pastels, citrus tones etc.
- keep the look structured, seeing how the strong, tailored lines will prevent the prints from overwhelming you;
- use the same print in different colours or scales for a safe, but equally dramatic mash-up.
Clashing floral prints at Gucci and Dries Van Noten, S/S ’14
Florals for men: dark vs. light prints.
This spring has seen the rise of many dark florals – almost winter-like in essence – but there’s no rule out there preventing you from sporting the somber prints during the warm months as well, particularly if that makes the trend more approachable for you. The key to pull dark florals during spring and summer is to opt for lightweight fabrics, relaxed silhouettes and prints that are noticeable, but subdued at the same time.
At the other side of the spectrum lie the light floral prints, drawn in rich colours on white backdrops, prints that look amazing layered underneath bright summer suits, or covering a sweatshirt, a t-shirt or a men’s bomber for easy separates that you’ll have no trouble styling all throughout the spring and summer months.
Floral prints at Gucci and Dries Van Noten, S/S ’14
Floral prints for men: picture inspiration
For more ideas on dressing men’s florals, as seen on the spring 2014 runways, peruse the gallery above.