When it comes to floral-printed shirts, there’s a fine line between a sophisticated take and looking like a self-described “hip” dad at a family barbecue. And while florals can be difficult to wear or style, the Hawaiian-inspired shirt has made such an incredible comeback that not being spotted in one this summer seems like a bit of a fashion faux-pas. We’ve enlisted the help of some of menswear’s top influencers to show you how best to embrace flower power.
Menswear influencers James Stewart, Joe Galvin and Parker Smith show you how best to wear floral prints this season
A New Take On The Hawaiian
The Hawaiian shirt is a loud, sartorial symbol of fun, but it’s also a pattern that most steer clear from, save for wearing it ironically, of course. The thing is, this flamboyant floral style is having something of a moment in menswear and if Instagram is anything to go by, no wardrobe should be without one this summer. To avoid looking like the man suffering through a middle-aged crisis while holidaying solo in Ibiza, take direction from James Stewart, who has turned a divisive staple in his favour by opting for a short-sleeved style with an open Cuban collar, rolled up sleeves and the hem tucked into smart trousers. The overall look has a smart silhouette, but the shirt’s playful print and the finishing touch of sneakers in the place of brogues gives this Hawaiian
a new lease of life.
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When it comes to choosing a floral-printed shirt it is worth taking note of the colours as well as the pattern. The pink colour palette has seen a huge surge in popularity of late as men have been re-accustomed to wearing it on everything from sneakers to shirts to suiting. Take a leaf out of Joe Galvin’s book and button up in a soft-pink shirt peppered with smaller florals for a subtle statement. The beauty of this shirt lies in its versatility: it’s a charming addition to a two-piece suit and it also adds flair when paired with denim and Chelsea boots for Saturday-night attire.
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Dressed (Up) To Kill
Floral print may be extrovert in nature, but there is no reason it can’t be worn in a less showy manner. A more sophisticated take on a loud piece, the tailored approach forgoes the playful vibe for something a little smarter and striking. Parker Smith shows just how well a printed shirt sits inside a two-piece suit. The double-breasted blazer adds a touch of sartorial flair to the overall look for an outfit that’s ready to impress at your next summer wedding. Follow Smith’s lead and keep the finishing touches simple.