How to Wear Florals
One way to ease into the style is by investing in a plant-based print, like Enlist’s short-sleeved shirts in flattering blues and greens. The tonal palettes and over-sized patterns bridge the gap between boring and bold, and would fit seamlessly beneath a classic blazer in navy or ecru (always balance a big print with solid blocks of colour). If a boxy fit feels a little stiff, roll the sleeves up, undo a couple of buttons and throw them on over a white T-shirt to soften the edges. Play up to their retro feel by pairing with a bomber jacket, selvedge denim and lace-up boots.
Cobain’s dress and Di Caprio’s shirt sit at the more extreme end of the spectrum, so if they feel a little out of your comfort zone or simply too casual for your nine-to-five, seek out accessories to get your garden on. Neckties are by far the easiest place to start, and there aren't many who do printed ties better than British brands Turnbull & Asser and Drake’s. Pick a colour from the print and match it with other details in your outfit like your socks or pocket square, and don’t wear more than one floral at once (unless you’re Paul McCartney). Quality fabric will make all the difference in how well your florals look and last, as it will affect colour strength and design accuracy.While a floral tie is perfectly fine for business attire, a floral shirt tends to be more suited to informal settings, so avoid pinstripes over petals. As Kurt Cobain told music title Melody Maker, “there’s nothing more comfortable than a cosy flower pattern,” so embrace them for summer soirees, city breaks and the beach. Cordone 1956’s micro-florals bring a sophisticated, grown-up finish to a pair of shorts and Calabrese 1924’s tropical trunks are pure unadulterated fun – which is, after all, exactly what florals are all about.