THE FLORAL NIGHTMARE: (MEN) HOW TO WEAR PRINTS RIGHT

..the floral nightmare

Bobby Rogers Cover Illustration For: VMM

Bobby Rogers Cover Illustration For: VMM

Prints crawled up menswear seasons ago. With florals in the lead, there’s nary a pair of shorts that won’t come unadorned next season. Does this mean you’ll swap your formula for cool (denim-on-denim, cigarette pants, caramel shorts?) and drape your hungers with florals? No. Men don’t trip like that.

What’s the deal with prints then?

I’ll tell you what; designers have found a way to manipulate forage such that a single leaf floating across a shirt immediately starts a conversation. What better way to go through the day? But if you’d rather not deal with people, then let’s zoom out on self and consider this a gently prodding …you might find to your surprise you like how you look in them.

image: dolce and gabbana

image: dolce and gabbana

Start Small

The thing with change, irrespective of the scale, is small, continuous effort. You may consider swapping your plain blue/paisley ties, socks, sneakers, pair of shorts for a flora. Study how you feel in it and the reaction it elicits. If you’re on edge all day ‘cos you’re rocking a trend, take the heat off…focus on the task at hand or that co-workers eyebrows. In no time, with minimal effort you’ll become a trend harlot.

image: crispculture

image: crispculture

Style matters

Keep true to your style – whatever it is – find a floral that fits into your modus operandi.If it’s just not you, carry on mister. Trends offer a chance to discover things about yourself, flirt with fashion and indulge but they’re also commercially engineered so don’t ever feel pressured.

image credit: tumblr

image credit: tumblr

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