Style & Beauty
Floral Prints For Men are In But They Are Not What You Think
1/14/2016 4:25:59 PM

A recent Washington Post article declared that "The end of gender is near” in response to many New York Fashion Week showings, which had men lumbering down the runway in lace floral prints and boldly floral patterned suits. Then, Harry Styles had the fashion world divided over his American Music Awards ensemble, which featured a bold black floral print over a cream colored tux.

But florals for men are nothing new, and it’s only in the past 30 or so years that they’ve been considered the province of women only. Who can forget Merle Haggard’s dapper floral blazers nearly stealing the show when he picked the guitar as a young musician? Even Conway Twitty, the crooner who made love songs sound macho, was known to belt out hits in a lacy collar and a floral print suit.

Floral prints don’t have to make a man look like a dandy, but they can go a long way towards making a button-down and slacks look perfectly polished. They can even bring a little style to basic running shoes.

This year, J Crew is offering some pretty reasonably priced button downs in solid colors that can seamlessly transition from winter to spring wardrobe. They’re great for men who want to try florals without going too bold because they’re sold in solid colors, like navy blue and deep red, and feature a faint grey print that looks neat and tidy without going overboard. The slim fit of the shirt makes it perfect to tuck in for work or nice evenings out, but it would also look right at home untucked with a pair of jeans to kick back at the bar.

If you’re willing to go for a bolder floral, The Gap has some really nice options, like the wrinkle-resistant twill leaves shirt, which comes in a much brighter blue with a contrasting white leaf pattern. It’s floral without flowers, and would look great under a navy blazer.

Even Nike is getting in on the action by making camo a bit more tropical with its Rosherun line. It brightens the traditional dark camouflage print favored by hunters and fashion-minded folk alike to make a brighter, almost paisley print highlighted by upbeat green and accented by hunter’s orange. Take these off the track and pair them with jeans and a solid grey tee shirt to make the transition from the court to the club.

With all these options, there’s no reason to fear flowers. They can be cool and manly – just ask Elvis.

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