Wearing floral prints can be daunting, especially for men. The bold and boisterous pattern is often fashioned in an array of vibrant colours that can seem scary to men.
Yet, brands have been pushing the boundaries of what men should, and could, wear. The recent FW20 shows saw Dries Van Noten, MSGM and Valentino sending models down in floral-printed designs for their menswear collections. Most of the time, it’s the styling that makes florals look too ostentatious for everyday wear. When you break the look apart, it’s pretty easy to rock it out.
Below, five easy tricks on how you can easily incorporate floral prints into your wardrobe without looking tacky.
1. Keep it to two colours
Crazy coloured floral prints can be off-putting so limit yourself to just two hues.
The easiest way to pull this off is to choose either white or black as your base shade. Next, pick an option that you’re comfortable with – it can be navy, khaki or even crimson. Make sure your complementary accessories such as shoes or belt also stay within the same palette.
Wool-blend Overshirt, $731, Barena
Wool and Mohair shirt, $1,820, Valentino
Cotton Trousers, $935, Bode
2. Choose a statement piece
Sometimes, it’s best to keep it simple. Pick a show-stopping piece that packs the punch, and keep the rest of your outfit simple and, ideally, monochromatic.
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Calfskin Blouson Jacket, $9,400, Celine
Cotton Twill Chino Pants, $730, Saint Laurent
Silk shirt, $1,140, Givenchy
Calf Leather Shorts, $3,510, Bottega Veneta
3. Opt for minute prints
If you’re not one for bold prints and colours, yet willing to step out of your comfort zone, we’ve got you covered. Choose teeny tiny prints. They’re practically unnoticeable at first glance unless someone stares really hard.
Cotton T-shirt, $165, Adish
Wool Cardigan, $613, Ader Error
Cotton Shirt, $922, Maison Margiela
4. Go for accessories
The devil is in the detail. From pocket squares to smart ties, these accoutrements can elevate your outfit without looking OTT.
Embroidered Silk Tie, $146, Z Zegna
Silk Pocket Square, $210, Gucci x Liberty London
Polyester Bucket Hat, $580, Versace
5. Pair it with denim
Whenever you’re in doubt, the safest option to wear a floral printed number is to pair it with anything denim. It can either be a jacket or a pair of jeans. Just make sure that you stick to either blue, black or white.
Denim Shorts, $730, Dolce & Gabbana
Denim Jeans, $1,170, Brunello Cucinelli
Selvedge Denim Jacket, $2,390, Prada