Flowers Can Power Men’s Wardrobes Too!

Check out 2014’s floral fashion trend for men and how to work the look from the boardroom to the beach

Issue: May 2014

Floral designs, (left) Flower Graphic T-shirt from Burberry (S$425), (right) Skinny Fit Flower Print shirt also from Burberry (S$825)
Floral designs can be masculine if you keep it to a minimum like this (left) Flower Graphic T-shirt from Burberry (S$425), or use micro-prints like this (right) Skinny Fit Flower Print shirt also from Burberry (S$825)
Photo credit: Burberry

Every year, the fashion industry announces a new look for the season. 2014 is the year for flowers to bloom in men’s wardrobe. Why should women have all the fun, right? The question is, can floral be manly, too? Will blooms work as well in the boardroom as it has on the beach?

The answer is a resounding: yes. The trick is to know how to do it right!

1. Prune Your Garden

(left) Pull and Bear's Long Sleeves Flowers Chambray shirt (S$59.90) or (right) Topman's Vito Paisley Blazer (S$416)
Harness some flower power with (left) Pull and Bear's Long Sleeves Flowers Chambray shirt (S$59.90) or (right) Topman's Vito Paisley Blazer (S$416) in basic white with black design; but keep everything else simple by pairing them with plain, muted-coloured pants
Photo credit: Pull and Bear, and Topman

Floral prints are bold fashion statements all by themselves. They don’t need help being played up. So, forget about the runway look featuring top-to-toe prints. It is something that is not easy to pull off anywhere else. Instead, limit flowers to just one part of your wardrobe.

Keep the rest of your look plain, streamline, and clean. Go for solid, neutral colours like cream, grey, beige, navy, black or brown for the rest of your look to let the floral pattern breathe.

2. Garden Variety

Muted tones and patterns that share the same colour scheme as the background like this Brown Ditzy Floral Print Short Sleeve Shirt from Topman (S$73) lets men go floral
Muted tones and patterns that share the same colour scheme as the background like this Brown Ditzy Floral Print Short Sleeve Shirt from Topman (S$73) lets men go floral
Photo credit: Topman

Some men cringe at the idea of wearing floral designs because what often comes to mind are loud Hawaiian shirts with huge hibiscus in garish colours. Flowers come in so many varieties, so can floral prints.

Opt for prints with light-coloured backgrounds in muted tones. If you don’t want the floral design to stand out too much, keep the background and the print in similar shades.

You can also opt for micro-prints. Smaller flowers can help you carry off the botanical motif without overpowering your style.

3. Layer Your Look

Throw on a plain shirt like this denim one from Pull and Bear (S$69.90) to layer your floral look (Straps Flowers T Shirt S$25.90)
Throw on a plain shirt like this denim one from Pull and Bear (S$69.90) to layer your floral look (Straps Flowers T Shirt S$25.90)
Photo credit: Pull and Bear

If you want to try out a daring design, layer your look. For example, pair a fussy floral shirt with a dark blazer and dark pants, or throw on a plain shirt over floral tees. It is all about balancing the look.

4. Attention to Detail

Blue Large Print Floral Socks (S$9) and Floral Pattern 5 Pack Socks (S$33 for a pack of five pairs), Navy Floral Tie (S$26) from Topman are just some ways you can accessorise with flowers
Blue Large Print Floral Socks (S$9) and Floral Pattern 5 Pack Socks (S$33 for a pack of five pairs), Navy Floral Tie (S$26) from Topman are just some ways you can accessorise with flowers
Photo credit: Topman

If you want your support of the flower movement to be more subtle, try introducing floral accents. Ties, suspenders, silk handkerchiefs and even footwear can all carry the floral motif. Pull and Bear has plimsolls with floral prints (S$69.90).

5. Botany at the Bottom

This Charcoal Paisley Stretch Skinny Chinos; Floral Print Jersey Shorts and Garden Rose Mesh Shorts
(Left) This Charcoal Paisley Stretch Skinny Chinos from Topman (S$89) lets you take your floral wardrobe right to the boardroom; (centre and right) Floral Print Jersey Shorts and Garden Rose Mesh Shorts from Topman (both S$73) show two different ways of wearing floral prints – with muted colours (left) and keeping the flowers to a minimum (right)
Photo credit: Topman

Another way to wear blooms without going overboard is to keep it away from your face. Pants, shorts, and boxers with floral patterns let you express yourself without going over the top (pun not intended).

When you know how to do it right, you can let your fashion sense blossom. Go right ahead and let flower power fuel you in from the boardroom to the beach!

Shop with us:

Topman
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Topman
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Topman
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Singapore 188024
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Pull and Bear
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ION Orchard
#B3-08
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6238 7683
www.pullandbear.com
Pull and Bear
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Bugis+
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Singapore 188067
Tel: (65) 6884 4347
www.pullandbear.com
Burberry
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#02-16-18
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6509 9326 / (65) 6509 9327
www.burberry.com
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