As it’s national floral design day, we wanted to celebrate by sharing our favourite floral shirts from the high street.
We know you’re probably thinking, it’s a little early for florals but with the nights getting lighter and the weather hopefully getting warmer (fingers crossed) it seems like the perfect time to stock up on your spring/summer essentials.
Though this design can be too garish for some, there are a lot of muted alternatives available. These do tend to be the more formal styles which are suitable for summer celebrations such as weddings, christenings, the races and any day drinking events with your fellow gents.
The brighter styles are better suited for holidays in the sun, but if this is part of your daily style – then keep on reading to see which Q&L shoes we would style them with.
This button-down shirt from Ralph Lauren is crafted from a lightweight cotton material, which is great for transitional days or to wear underneath a jacket. With it’s dark blue colouring and white accents, the shirt is a nice in between season style. For £109, you know you’re getting a top-quality shirt which will last a long time. Pair with Jeans and Chelsea boots for a smart/casual vibe or add a pair of fitted trousers and black Derby shoes for the office.
Next have a great variation of shirt styles on offer, and not only do they have their own ranges, but they sell other brands too. We found this khaki coloured shirt to be a stand-out due to its colouring and close-up detail. From a far you wouldn’t notice the intricate floral pattern with added navy and brown colouring, so it’s a great choice if you don’t want the flower to overpower your overall look. At £20, it’s also a steal and a must have shirt for your spring wardrobe to wear with brown Derby boots or brogues.
In womenswear, they’re known for their lavish floral designs, so it’s definitely a safe bet to have a couple of Ted Baker shirts in your collection. Their designs vary between muted florals and ‘in your face’ florals but to a gentlemanly finish. Here we have chosen our two favourites from both styles. The black Stylo shirt features a classic collar and long-sleeved profile. With a button-down closure, this shirt is priced at £57 in the sale and pairs well with Derby shoes. It also features leopards within the print if you’re wanting a walk on the wild side.
Women love a gent in pink… ‘Butwhy’, do you ask? Because we’re not children anymore and there’s no such thing as stereotypical gender colouring. The Ted Baker Butwhy short sleeved shirt is a bold statement that only handful of gents would be comfortable wearing. At £71 in the sale, the cotton shirt is sure to add a little pizzazz to your warm weather looks, so possibly think about combining it with a pair of plain fronted shoes or loafers. What screams confidence more than a gent wearing a stereotypical female colour and pattern?
The Kooples twill-texture woven shirt can add a hint of colour to your all-black look. With red flowers stitched throughout, this heavier material allows you to wear the shirt alone or with a light leather jacket during the warmer months. At 158, this shirt is a special addition to your wardrobe but one that can be worn every season due to its colouring. Featuring a spread collar and dipped back, fans of our Jeffery-West collection will love this shirt. Add any black and red stitched Jeffery-West shoe with this look and the rocker vibes are real.
Being able to choose from a selection of styles allows you to find exactly what you're looking for and Burton offers just that. With a smaller price point, this also gives you the option to buy more and have a selection in your own wardrobe or helps if you’re on a budget. For a day to evening look, the white floral slim fit shirt would pair perfectly with blue trousers and a pair of monk shoes. At £16.80 in the sale, this is a great last-minute purchase for any occasion.
For a summer look without the brave colour, the Burton short sleeve splice is the best of both worlds with both floral and striped prints. A daring design, the shirt design is split directly down the middle and offers a smart/casual feel, which could be dressed up for an event or dressed down for a holiday. At £14 in the sale, this gives you the option to spend more money on your shoes… how about a Q&L pair? Perhaps loafers for the sun and black leather boots for the colder days?
Another brand that isn’t afraid of bold prints is Paul Smith. As a luxury menswear brand, their eye for detail is impeccable, and the mid blue short-sleeve shirt we have found is perfect for that beach holiday you have coming up. Crafted from lightweight lyocell fabric, it’s comfortable and airy for a warm night abroad, and the colourful, obscure floral pattern is a powerful nod to the 70s. Though it’s a higher price point at £135, the name and quality comes with a polished reputation within men’s fashion. Pair with some boat shoes and you're ready to set sail.
So, will you be sporting a flowery ensemble to celebrate the lighter nights? Or is flower power a complete no in your spring/summer wardrobe? Let us know!