With the promise of Spring just around the corner, seeing the return of Floral Prints as a trend is hardly a surprise. Every year a new take on this classic trend emerges. At London Fashion Week this year however, they not only returned to Women’s Fashion, but also burst onto the Menswear catwalk in full force.
With a concept that is so strongly associated with Women’s fashion, and Women of a certain age at that, it is going to be a challenge to get Men to adopt it as their own and wear it comfortably. As with any new trend, there are so many different ways to incorporate it into your existing wardrobe. This ranges from the fashion forward, that will embrace the look whole-heartedly and wear full on Floral, to the more conservative that will take elements, such as a tie or even coat lining, and make it their own.
Leading this style on the high street is Topman. Taking their ‘street-style’ inspired twist on traditional looks, and injecting these, ‘Ditsy Florals’, is an amazing way to make you stand out. Topman & Topman Design have brought out some fabulous tailored suits with exciting Floral prints. Wear a full suit as a real statement. Wear with a clean, white shirt as to not clash with the print. Or try wearing one of the blazers with a plain pair of shorts or chinos for a more casual look, and be just as stylish. The prints that Topman have used this season for their tailoring are very stylised and a far cry from the more traditional prints that are worn by grandmothers across the UK. Being more graphic has given these Florals a youthful spin, that is more reminiscent of the prints that were produced in the 1950s.
Topman have also created a number of shirts that embody this seasonal trend perfectly. They have designed shirts in a variety of prints, from a more classic print, to shirts with only a hint of this flowery fascination. A shirt is a fantastic way of adding pattern and colour to an outfit, both casually and more formally. Whilst I feel Topman are the front-runners when it comes to this trend, other high street stores are bringing their own take to this botanic brilliance. H&M, River Island and Zara have all taken this trend and applied it within their styles, and created pieces that would make great purchases this Spring.
Bold, bright and blossom covered clothes are fabulous, but they are not to everyone’s taste. Fortunately, there are plenty of pieces out there that are more toned down, but are nevertheless still bang on trend. For those fashion forward guys out there that are corseted by a formal suit at work, trying to stay fashionable can be difficult. This is where one of the more subtle variations on Florals can become your best friend. Emmett London has an excellent collection of shirts. They are perfect to go under a suit for work or, for a more casual look, worn with jeans and a V-neck jumper for a truly great, classic take.
Another option, for those who are just not convinced about donning daisy print trousers, accessories can be the answer. They are a fantastic way of sampling a trend before investing in something more serious, like a suit. At the moment my favourite way of bringing any trend into a simpler outfit, is with a tie or bow tie. Ties can be men’s greatest tool in making an outfit fashionable. They are small and for the most part inexpensive, which is brilliant when you are unsure of a particular style.
So forget any masculinity issues you may have and embrace the Florals that are soon to be surrounding you in both the fashion and real world.