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Growing Trend: Men’s Florals Overtake Spring Collections

by Mac Smith
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday May 14, 2014

Designers are having a budding romance with florals this spring. And we're not talking sundresses and camisoles. The floral trend has grown in the world of menswear as patterns have taken runway prominence. Blame it on the return of dandy culture or a revolt against the Polar Vortex, but everywhere you look menswear designers are thinking lively springtime garden motifs.

Gucci Classic Floral Short Sleeve Button Front Shirt

Gucci’s ’Flora’ prints are well known for their instant injection of a summery, Mediterranean sense of luxury. Originally designed for a scarf meant for Princess Grace of Monaco in 1966, reinterpreted in a point collar short sleeve men’s shirt, this design is fit for a style king. Paired with dark, cuffed denim and a duffel or knapsack and the look becomes an easy, slightly rustic vibe for holding court in the park with friends during an impromptu picnic.

Gucci Classic Floral Short Sleeve Button Front Shirt, $544

Zara Floral Print Chinos

Mixing many warm weather trends all into one piece, these Zara floral print stretch cotton chinos offer a relaxed fit and softly sun-kissed floral fade. In a neutral sand color, these pants will prove surprisingly versatile from transitional spring to low-key summer. Wear with a classic broad stripe polo for a preppy vibe, or a loose and thin knit for a more bohemian edge.

Zara Floral Print Chinos, $79.90

Tom Rebl Coated Cotton Floral Biker Jacket>

Just because you’re a fan of flowers doesn’t mean you can’t embrace a darker side. German designer Tom Rebl lives up to his last name with an edgy coated cotton biker jacket that rebels against any sweet flowery notion and delivers real dramatic impact. You’ll find everyone asking you where you got this unique, show-stopping jacket. Artists and musicians figure as huge inspiration sources for Tom Rebl and his signature line is a rock star favorite. Even if you aren’t hitting the road anytime soon, any of his pieces would fit in perfectly with anyone who wants to rev up his wardrobe. This biker jacket in particular pushes really hard on the pedal.

Tom Rebl Coated Cotton Floral Biker Jacket, $1,464

ASOS Grey Marled Rolled Cuff T-Shirt

Our favorite, quirky UK fast fashion brand, ASOS cultivates trends without making you dish out a bunch of dough. No wonder the site has taken the fashion world by storm. This T-shirt with its throwback New Order album cover print and bad boy touches like rolled cuffs and slouchy fit will make sure you never have a Blue Monday again.

ASOS Grey Marled Rolled Cuff T-Shirt, $30

Boohoo Floral Print Jogging Pants

Even when it’s time to go jogging there’s still no excuse for turning your style game off. Toss on these fashion-forward jogging pants in a sharp print, tapered leg and faux leather trim and you’ll stand out from the pack. The vibrant floral print will also show off your hard earned stems. Plus, with all the sportive influences on the runway, these pants play well for weekend or casual looks as well.

Boohoo Floral Print Jogging Pants, $55

Shipley & Halmos Pima Cotton Blend Highland Socks

If your appreciation for blooms has just taken root, an easy way to pick up this trend is with a fun and poppy sock. This ultra-soft and breathable prima cotton blend from Shipley & Halmos showcases why they are the go-to label for men looking for downtown cool that’s still relatable. Cuff your pants, slip on your loafers and let these cheeky socks do all the talking.

Shipley & Halmos Pima Cotton Blend Highland Socks, $30

Next page for floral-inspired accessories.

Gitman Vintage Navy Seersucker Tie

Lightweight seersucker with a decidedly vintage floral motif - everything about this tie says mid-century styling with modern Italian-made craftsmanship. No surprise since Gitman Vintage’s manifesto is to pay tribute to the past, but with distinct contemporary cool. With instant fashionable favorites like this, we’re sold.

Gitman Vintage Navy Seersucker Tie, $90

Lanvin Cotton Check Print Boutonniere

Alber Elbaz has re-invigorated the storied design house of Lanvin with splashy flair. Collaborating with head of menswear, Lucas Ossendrijver, Lanvin’s sartorial options for the fellas are just as dashing. This cotton boutonniere would make a great addition to a light grey suit for the upcoming wedding season. Heading into the fall season, don’t be surprised if you still reach for this conversation starter time and time again.

Lanvin Cotton Check Print Boutonniere, $132

Givenchy Printed Canvas i-Pad Case

Riccardo Tisci cuts a dark swatch of gothic floral across this chic iPad case. Like everything the designer creates for Givenchy, this design goes beyond functionality into a work of art that reads seductive and intriguing. You can practically feel the thorns and brambles that harden this black forest. A perfect reminder for would-be sticky fingers to keep their hands off your expensive toy.

Givenchy Printed Canvas i-Pad case, $475

Phillip Lim Vintage Floral Canvas and Leather Trim Duffel

Hit the beach or the gym in style with this Phillip Lim leather trimmed and coated canvas duffel bag in a print that is a sleek Sailor Jerry tattoo and Anime hybrid. Zip side gussets allow for expansion for when your weekend getaway must-haves keep growing. Top handles and a cross body strap make this bag easy to grab and go. A heat stamped lightning bolt leather patch at the front adds a fresh jolt of energy.

Phillip Lim Vintage Floral Canvas and Leather Trim Duffel, $850

Saturdays Surf NYC Cotton Cap

If just a touch of the trend is all you want, this Saturdays Surf NYC cap offers a laidback, long-days-of-summer sensibility without being too loud. Saturdays Surf NYC has mastered this modern mash-up of east-meets-west coast vibe and surfer-influenced downtown brand of cool. Just ask all the "it" guys and girls that are always coming in and out of their Soho, New York flagship.

Saturdays Surf NYC Cotton Cap, $40

Junya Watanabe Botanical Print Backpack

Originally the protégé of Comme des Garcons head designer, Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe has come into his own with clean and creative pieces that have instant cult item written all over them. This backpack has it all: drawstring top, buckle over closure, compartmentalized interior and a botanical print set against a crisp light blue background. Store your iPad and thermos for off-site freelance work or house a couple of bottles of Vino Verde for meeting friends over the weekend. Either way, you’ll find a million uses and even more compliments.

Junya Watanabe Botanical Print Backpack, $675

Mac Smith Mac Smith is a New York City based fashion writer who has never met a cat, coat or cake he didn't love. Follow him on Instagram at @macsmith1218 and Twitter at @itcantallbedior.


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