The floral print trend has been around for several seasons now, and its popularity shows no signs of waning. The manly floral print first exploded into the public psyche when Harry Styles began wearing Gucci’s now-iconic floral suits to red carpet occasions and concerts alike in 2015.
It might look great on teenage long-haired Lotharios, but you’re probably thinking the floral trend isn’t for you. You can make it work! Here are some top tips for elevating your summer style, and looking masculine in florals:
Choose a Floral Tie
A floral tie will add a dash of floral flair to your outfit without having to commit fully to wearing a floral outfit. If you want to look sharp then pair your floral tie with slick formal tailoring: a slim fit suit and a simple and crisp shirt would look best.
The key to pulling off the floral look is to keep the rest of your outfit simple. If you pair florals with other patterns then your outfit will look too busy and overwhelming.
Ties allow you to express your personality without sacrificing your style, and are the perfect option for dapper dressers. Whether you’re looking to refresh your look for a creative meeting of for a formal occasion, the floral tie is the perfect solution.
The tie is the ultimate masculine accessory, meaning there’s no need to be worried about looking feminine in your first foray into florals. Here are some of our favourite floral ties, perfect for wearing for every occasion:
Looking for the right occasion to debut a floral tie? Wedding season is upon us, and there’s no better place to invest in the style!
Wearing a Floral Blazer
If you’re hoping to make a bold style statement without challenging your existing style too much then why not consider investing in a floral blazer? You can wear your blazer in a variety of different ways: either with your favourite jeans or with a pair of lightweight chinos.
For more formal occasions, team your blazer with slim tailored pants and a crisp white shirt. You can even take your style cues from Pharrell Williams and pair your floral blazer with a sleek silk bowtie for statement evening style:Choosing the right floral blazer is an important decision: something too in your face will be difficult to wear with versatility, whilst something too understated might completely miss the floral trend.
Colours to explore include dark purple, royal blue, and burgundy. You can then elevate these base colours by choosing a design with bolder, brighter florals, or keep thinks simple by looking for subtle and muted floral combinations.
To create a cohesive look, choose one colour from your jacket to build your outfit around.
If your blazer includes elements of white, for example, then team it with a plain white tee to compliment and tone down the floral pattern. Keep your shoes simple, add your favourite jeans, and you’re ready to go!
Floral blazers can be worn in almost any style and for a wide variety of different occasions.
Owning a Floral Shirt
A floral shirt is the most obvious way to inject bold blooms into your wardrobe. You can choose to wear oversized and vibrant blooms if you really want to make a statement, whilst a smaller and more muted flower will look subtle and understated.
If you’re looking for a more understated look then layer your floral shirts with block coloured pieces with straight clean lines. A floral shirt paired with a burgundy silk bomber jacket, for example, is a great way to minimize the impact of the floral.If you prefer a tougher and more classic style then you could also pair your shirt with a leather jacket. Alternatively, if you want a more casual and youthful summer look then why not wear your shirt open over a plain v neck tee. During the cooler months, you could cover your shirt with a fine knit cashmere sweater, so that just the collar and cuffs are showing.
No matter how you choose to wear yours, here are some of the best floral shirts currently on the market:
Fully Commit to a Floral Suit
There is no bolder floral statement than the floral suit. Only the most fashion-forward men fully committed to the floral trend will invest in a floral suit, and it’s a tricky look to get right. To pull this look off choose a slim line jacket and clean-cut trousers in matching pattern, and keep the rest of your outfit as simple as possible.
Confidence is key here: you can’t wear a floral suit and not attract attention, so if you’re not comfortable with the admiring glances of strangers, this might not be the best look for you. Ready to pull it off? A plain and neutral colours button up shirt or tee and simple loafers and brogues are the perfect combination to pair with your suit, which should be made from a thick and relatively stretch-free fabric and be the best quality you can afford.
No brand has fully embraced the head to toe floral look quite like Gucci, who send several models down the runway in two piece, single breasted floral suits during their Fall/Winter 2015 offering:
Whilst the Gucci suit is the most recognisable and iconic floral suit on the market, it is relatively costly for an item that is likely to be out of vogue within a year or two. Why not instead look for a high end high street alternative, such as this vibrant version from ASOS.
Whilst the matching tie and colour coordinated shirt is certainly overkill unless it’s your wedding day, paired with a deep navy blue tee and simple suede loafers, you can certainly achieve a cool and effortless look whilst fully embracing this tricky trend..
The floral look is a bold one, but florals are definitely not just for the girls. If you want to stand out then this is the trend for you!
Whilst attention-grabbing floral prints are definitely not for wall flowers, they remain one of the season’s biggest menswear trends. Once you’ve mastered the look, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without florals in your wardrobe.