Floral print is a trend that isn’t only exclusive to women’s wear anymore. Sporting florals is a novel way to add pattern and color into your regular style rotation. Floral print is a great balance to neutrals and it is so fashion forward.
Here are some examples of how the floral trend is interpreted and styled with menswear:
Now that you’re visually inspired, it’s time to tackle this trend. As always, do not go overboard with any trends. Mixing floral print with menswear classics or with your own personal closet staples is the best way to go. But, of course, you don’t want to cross the line into women’s wear. Here are some tips to take on the floral trend:
Accessorize with Floral Print
Dip your toe into this trend with accessories that add a subtle hint of flora to your look. Floral patterned caps, socks, shoes, or scarves, this will be a great way to add a touch of this print trend without overwhelming your look. Pick a color within the pattern and match that to one piece in your outfit to tie your look together. If you’re feeling nervous about pulling off this print, accessorizing with floral print is a quick and easy way to integrate it into your personal style. Feeling more adventurous? Pair your floral print accessories with a striped tee.
Choose Darker Florals
Sticking to floral patterns that are darker in tone or have a dark colored base is a great way to wear floral. Bright colors plus floral print can be a little bit much. If you’re feeling a trigger shy about this trend, select pieces with florals set against a dark color neutral base. An added bonus to this is darker colors plus florals creates a graphic look that is super on-trend right now. Pulling off a monochromatic floral print look is a fashion forward option too.
Wear Floral Print with Rugged Fabrics and/or Materials
Contrasting a floral patterned piece with denim, leather, or distressed khaki gives your ensemble balance and visual depth. Floral prints convey a more delicate feel so using rugged materials to offset it is a great way to create a balance of yin and yang within your look. Imagine a floral print button-down with ripped, distressed denim. Or a floral print blazer with leather combat boots. Opposites attract when it comes up to toughening up this trendy print.
Traditional Menswear Styles + Floral
Give your traditional suit a modern makeover via this trendy print. A floral patterned tie, pocket square, scarf, or buttoned up shirt goes a long way in making your suit look more youthful and playful. The of-the-moment feel of a floral print is a great foil to the classical and traditional aura that a suit exudes. It is also an unexpected and unconventional way to personalize suits and blazers and make it your own. Floral print suit accessories or a floral print dress shirt is a good option when attending summer weddings or formal events.
Layering is Key
Making the floral print trend work for you can be just as easy as layering it with existing pieces from your closet that you already love. Floral prints can add texture and color to any layered look. If you’re feeling bold, you can even opt to coordinate the colors of your layered look to those found in your floral print of choice. If your style is more preppy, bring in the summer to your fall look with a trench coat worn over a bold print floral shirt. If you’re more of an urban city slicker, layer a plain shirt underneath your floral one and reveal it at the hem and fold at the cuffs. Layering a bomber or Members Only jacket over your floral look gives it more structure and curb appeal too.
Some final notes:
- Another great way to get into this trend is to choose floral prints that are more graphic and geometric, it’s easier to coordinate these to existing items in your closet. These are also great for casual wear and pairing with sneakers.
- Like with all of menswear, it’s all about tailoring. A floral print button-down does you no favors if it is either too tight or too loose. Fit is everything.
I hope that this quick style guide makes you feel more confident into your foray into floral. Godspeed, dapper gents and may the style forces be with you!