From roses on rucksacks to posies on pajamas, fellows are flowery this season. Here’s how to unleash petal without looking like an over-grown garden.
There is a long history of men wearing florals, but truth be told, men and florals sounds as cohesive and cheese. But designers on both Indian and international runways are showcasing their own “flowering” version of the style, and we tell you how to pluck a page from their lookbooks.
“Earlier florals on men were usually seen as print on shirts. However, they are more versatile now, making an appearance on formal and semi-formal jackets, ties, pocket squares, shoes, socks, bags and even jacket lining. For a bolder look, men are wearing muted floral prints on trousers,” says designer Kunal Anil Tanna. In a way, florals add a breath of fresh air to menswear staples like tailored suits, bomber jackets and more.
Florals, The Desi Way
Florals in sherwanis and bandhgalas are the new festive cool. Fashion-forward men can use flowers in full flare by picking a floral-printed or embroidered kurta or jacket. A floral-design embroidered cuff or collar of a bandhgala can lead a distinct, stylish appeal.
Flowers On My Feet!
Floral footwear in an all-over print is a big statement. Go for a pair of Hawaiian sneaks or plimsolls and keep the rest of your outfit toned down. Or look for shoesfeaturing an embellished bud or petal.
If you find florals a bit overwhelming, start small by paying attention to detail. A floral hat or bag can add a bit of colour to an ordinary look. For more formal occasions, go for a bloom print bow-tie, pocket square or embroidered collar. Or give a floral surprise by rolling up the sleeves of your shirt.
Consider giving your bottom a botanical makeover. Sport a pair of sharply-cut, ankle-grazing floral trousers teamed with a white short-sleeved shirt and tassel loafers. Perfect for casual evening engagements.
When sporting any print, make sure you keep the patterned piece the focal point of the look, and frame it with less attention-grabbing neutrals. Clashing prints can work for daring dudes; just makes sure the prints differ either in tone or pattern – not both. Polka dots, plaid and stripe work excellently with floral.
Wear a light-weight jacket in fluid fabric with a relaxed silhouette or a floral shirt or tee with a solid-coloured jacket. Go for big prints of prickly cacti; orchid prints are also in!