Floral prints are a top menswear trend this spring, popping up in full bloom in a wide range of graphics, sizes and colors. The challenge for the average man is to incorporate this romantic trend in masculine ways that sets him apart for the right reasons, while avoiding any risk of looking like an unfortunate—and clueless—fashion amateur. I’ll share 3 simple, reliable ways for any man to look sensational in this season's freshest trend, and emerge victorious with his manliness fully intact.
Easy Does It
Let the other dudes plaster themselves silly in fanciful bouquets while you remain ever smart and relaxed in a simple, small-scale printed shirt within a limited color range. The floral print itself speaks volumes, so no need to exaggerate the scale or overdo it with too many colors. Ground the rest of your outfit in a solid, neutral base color such as grey, beige, navy or dark denim, and top it off with a handsome cardigan or lightweight jacket for those chilly springtime mornings and evenings. Add a pair of cool kicks from this season's mix of unexpected colors and materials and you're the man.
For a dressier, hushed evening look, consider a shirt or sport jacket in a dark 2-tone pattern that’s more shadow-like over one that pops. The idea is to utilize the print more as a texture while the dark color adds depth and drama—it’s about tasteful discretion, not flash. For a printed shirt, top it with a solid dark jacket. For a printed jacket, pair it with either a solid shirt that picks up a tone on the jacket, or a white one. If you want to add a tie, make it solid and dark—a knit tie will quietly add another layer of texture, which is always a good thing. Again, the rule is to keep the rest of your outfit lean and clean, preferably with a pair of trim trousers worn beltless, and as a bonus, with an extended tab closure. Garnish with a well-polished pair of your best shoes.
A Little Goes a Long Way
This is a prime example of accessories as king. No need to invest in a big ticket item like a full shirt with a front, back and sleeves in order to enjoy spring’s hottest trend, which, like all trends, is eventually destined to be a flash in the pan. All that most guys really want is a little taste of what’s current, right?
Well, that’s where a small piece of cloth in the form of a pocket square, tie or socks will get you that kick of floral rush while fully insuring you from any fashion calamity. Add just one well-appointed floral accent to your otherwise monotonous uniform, and presto! You’ve just locked in a mad dose of personality without having to wallpaper yourself full of petals. This is also a winsome, non-invasive way to wear prints on the sly to earn points at the office... and impress that gorgeous date later tonight.
Now that you see how easy it is to wear floral prints without putting your manliness in suspect, why not give this top spring trend a go? As long as you have a solid foundational wardrobe, all you need is to invest in one item—a shirt, jacket or accessory—and work it into the everyday pieces that you already have in your daily rotation. It will work wonders to add fresh charm to your spring wardrobe without having to overhaul your closet, and make your style sense spring forth and blossom to a whole new level.
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