Floral Shirts for Summer | Men's Style Edit

Google search 'floral shirts' or browse the SS18 menswear collections from all of the high-street powerhouses and you be inundated with floral print shirts signifying a trend this summer season. If you shop around as much as I do, you'll realise that some designs of the floral shirt are loud with bold prints and bolder colours - think of a floral shirt mating with a Hawaiian shirt. 

Personally I prefer floral shirts that are a little more subtle, such as this Reiss number. Two colours and a semi-simple print design. Easy to style with a pair of black or navy jeans or with shorts on your summer holiday.

In this men's style edit, I'm wearing the shirt from Reiss, t-shirt and jeans from ASOS, watch from Rotary, sunglasses from Taylor Morris and Chelsea boots from Goodwin Smith. 

 

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Plain Shirts Vs Pattern Shirts by Duchamp

Following on from my popular blog post How to wear a floral shirt and still look effortlessly cool I've gone shopping at Duchamp London who are renowned for making exceptional pattern shirts and plain ones too for the record! The purpose of this experiment is to take two shirts, one plain and one floral which have similar colour tones and style them in exactly the same outfit to see how easy it is to a) completely change a look by simply mixing up your shirts and (b) wear a pattern shirt and still look great.

As a shirt maker myself with Hawkins & Shepherd, I can appreciate a great shirt when I see one and Duchamp are incredible, the fabrics are unique, their tailoring is exquisite and their attention to the finer details is spot on.

For this challenge I've chosen a purple palette for the shirts which I've styled with a pair of black trousers, black blazer, grey socks and finally a pair of black brogues. With the plain shirt it appeared much more formal then wearing the patterned shirt and therefore styled better tucked in whereas the pattern shirt, although still smart in appearance gave the look a bit more of a casual feel to it.

WHICH ONE DO YOU PREFER? Plain or Pattern.

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Photography by Sophie Milner

SUMMER PRINTS

Like many relationships, its not over until, well, its over and summer is no different! It's NOT over people - be positive maybe an Indian summer is just around the corner (*maybe). I for one am not giving up, I actually refuse to. So to get you all in the same happy summery mentality I have put together this floral print look with some of my favourite pieces this summer. 

I know it is struggs when waking up to the same old grey cloudy days but thats what holidays are for. Do you really think someone from Rio, Monaco or Dubai has the same buzz we get about going on holiday...I think not! So if my weather predictions are incorrect take this look abroad, it is perfect.

Throughout Spring Summer 2015 (SS15) from the catwalks of London Collections:Men to the high-street labels, bold floral/tropical prints have been used in abundance. 

Floral prints are the main focus of this outfit yet I didn't want to over do it. For me styling prints on prints is a bit much...therefore I've opted for a plain pair of navy shorts from my favourite newly discovered brand Spoke-London.com. The floral short sleeved shirt is from ASOS which is a white shirt with black stencil print and it even matches my floral tattoos...sorted. The bag is from Herschel purchased again through ASOS, again it's floral print and perfect for the beach. The look is finished off with my pair of Hudson Pierre tassel loafers which makes the look a tad more smart, although replace with some flip-flops or canvas trainers for a beach vibe.

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WHAT TO PACK FOR A FESTIVAL

I feel that packing for a festival should be a master of arts degree. We are well and truly in the middle of the UK festival season so here are my list of things to pack for a festival so you'll be ready to hit the fields in style and comfort.

1. POP-UP TENT

Now there is something to be said about having a massive 8-man tent that has its own east and west wings and a place where you can get changed standing up. What to remember is that these tents and pretty heavy to carry and take an age to put up, so leave that to one of your mates and just reap the benefits of their hard work. What you should do is invest in a 2 second pop-up tent from Quechua as they are made extremely well and are dual skinned which means you wont get all the condensation on the inside of your tent. Arrive, throw your tent up and crack open an a beer whilst watching and maybe filming your mate struggle with his 8-man'er.

2. A DECENT PAIR OF WELLIES

Lets be honest, its England and it will rain so you'll probably end up wearing your wellies most of the time - so you need to have a pair that are cool and comfortable. Hunter have a vast range of quality comfortable wellington boots but are expensive so an alternative would be to purchase a pair from Barbour at half the price. Another alternative if space is an issue, you could opt for a pair of mid-calf smaller wellies.

 

 

 

3. A BACKPACK

Don't be that person. You know the laughable fool dragging their massive suitcase through the mud whilst finding a suitable place to pitch up. They can be quite expensive, so if you have a friend who has done a bit to travelling...shotgun to borrow theirs. 

4. PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER

If you are the sort of person like myself that once the seal has broken needs a piss a pint. So I'm forever leaving my mates and going to the toilet and losing them on my return. I need my phone and it charged at all times. Check out the chargers from ANKER, they also have battery cases that will clip on to your phone...winning!

5. BEDDING

Party hard and sleep well. Take a single air-bed but remember if you have the normal air-beds they will require a foot pump. So opt for these self-inflating single mattresses with a cheap pillow that you can throw away at the end of the festival.

6. HIP FLASK

Fed up of drinking cider, beer and who buys a vodka and coke at a festival?! Dip into your hip flask filled to the brim with your favourite spirit, probably saving you money at the same time.

7. WET WIPES

Unless you are glamping, you'll probably not going to queue a couple of hours to have a cold shower. So take a packet of wet-wipes and lots of deodorant.

8. SNACKS

To mop up all that alcohol!

 

9. FLORAL PRINTS

If there is one place where you can get away with wearing the most out there, wackiest print t-shirt or shirt - its at a festival. ASOS currently do some awesome floral prints and have hand-picked a few choices below.

10. SUNGLASSES

Fancy that hot girl to my 5 o'clock, the one with the flowers in her hair? Nope don't turn around just yet, put on your sunglasses and have a cheeky glance over. Don't bring your £200 vintage Ray-Bans, you'll only lose them and it will ruin your festival experience. Opt for a cheap under £10 pair and if you lose them, its probably for the best anyway. Topman have a large selection of cheap sunglasses, so check them out.