FLORAL FOR THE WIN
It’s official! Floral shirts are making a huge come back this spring/summer. Here’s why you need one of these playful shirts that we have happily sourced for you, in your wardrobe, right away.
On the catwalks, Gucci clashed floral-print tailoring, Prada went all moody Hawaiian, McQueen offered ticking-stripe blazers embroidered with black roses, Dries Van Noten put flowers on pretty much everything.
For the new season ahead, a lighter floral pattern is all set to work its charm on a Cuban-styled collared shirt and provide the perfect anecdote for adding flair to your look. We are really excited to see the Cuban shirt trending for the new season, after a winter of monochrome and Scandinavian styles.
Characterised by a wide collar and short sleeves, this style shirt is a retro classic and allows your shirt to do all the talking. (It’s important to keep everything else simple to keep the attention on this bad boy.) Cuban collared shirts were big in the 1950s and have a real vintage American vibe (Ryan Gosling and Alex Turner are huge fans of one and so should you be!)
Surprisingly versatile, the Cuban style floral shirt is perfect for casual business and weekend adventures. And yes, you can wear this type of shirt with a suit. A Cuban collar adds sophistication to your suit, unlike a regular button-down shirt.
Team it with a pair of light chinos, or dark blue denim jeans and standout shoes, and you will have created the ultimate nostalgic statement. Accessorise with some sunglasses and a classic watch to add the finishing touches. Leather loafers will smarten up the look while a pair of sneakers will keep it street.
Just follow the rules:
- Never (ever) attempt to wear a tie with one.
- They are less appropriate in the winter than summer so stick to an oxford shirt in the cooler months. (Whilst traditionally floral has been exclusively a spring/summer look, designers are now catering to a cross-seasonal trend, offering muted, darker tones for winter that contrast with arrestingly bright summer patterns. It may seem obvious, but darker floral should be the choice for the winter months, whilst light and colourful prints should feature in your summer wardrobe.)
- Floral prints are great for casual occasions, not the boardroom.
- One Print Per Look: As a general rule of thumb, print overkill is best avoided. If one component of your outfit features a vibrant print, it’s best to keep the rest of your look a plain and simple affair, so opt for clean-lined separates.
- Layer For Subtlety: If you’re after a more understated approach to the look, layering is key. Try wearing a micro-floral print shirt beneath a clean-lined navy cotton knit so just the shirt’s cuffs and collar are showing. A dark tailored jacket will also sit well layered over a painterly bloom print shirt – the jacket will break-up the impact of a full floral hit.
- Do not copy looks directly from the runway shows. That head-to-toe clashing floral jacket and shirt combo may look appealing on the back of a 6’3″ svelte Scandinavian, but it won’t necessarily translate well into your real life situ.
Ultimately, fashion is about expression and experimentation and with such a great variety of floral print apparel and accessories on offer, it’s never been easier for the modern man to incorporate a bit of floral inspiration in to his wardrobe. Give it a whirl! Enjoy the compliments and that feeling of being on a summer vacay.
Pictures via Vogue.com & Pinterest