A lot of men shy away from floral shirts and it’s often because they think it wearing one might make it look as though they’re trying too hard, that the colours are too bright or even that the look may be too effeminate.

The great news is that by choosing your floral garment carefully, any guy can rock the look, and you should give it a go. Floral shirts and accessories are a great way to diversify your wardrobe with very little effort. Here, we’ll show you how to wear floral fabric to make a stylish, subtle statement.

CHOOSE DARK, MUTED FLORAL FABRIC

If you’re not a colour guy, and don’t want anything that’s too bright, there are myriad floral prints in muted colours like navy, black, olive and so on. Dark floral shirts are often the most versatile because their pairings are unfussy and work very well for the office.

WEAR FLORAL WITH DARK DENIM

 

It’s very easy to get an outfit with a floral shirt completely wrong. If you want to pair your floral shirt with jeans, always choose dark denim. There are definitely a couple of exceptions, but if you’re still experimenting, remember that you’re usually safe with dark jeans.

The fit of the jeans will change everything. Make sure they’re fitted, but not too tight. A bootleg cut or one with no shape or structure at all will not work.

IF YOU’RE GOING TO WEAR IT WITH LIGHT DENIM . . .

 

Light denim is definitely not out of the question and can actually give you a bit of a retro feel. But always remember the rule of thumb, if you’re going to pair a floral shirt with a light denim, try and pair it with a dark floral shirt. This creates a nice contrast and keeps everything balanced.

ONE FLORAL PER OUTFIT

If nothing else, always remember this: don’t pair a floral with another floral. It’s important to remember that people express themselves through fashion, so none of these rules are set in stone. But if you want to keep it subtle, always stick to one floral in your outfit.

If you want to wear a floral tie, keep everything else neutral, if you want to wear a floral blazer, keep everything neutral and so on.