’TIS A FLORAL AUTUMN, MEN!
Nature is filled with a variety of colours, textures and layers, and its grandeur has been one of the greatest sources of inspiration for people all over the world since ages. As spring comes to an end, flowers are spread across the streets, colouring every inch of concrete. The crisp sound of the dead leaves crushed under our feet reminds us of the new season. This very beauty of nature has influenced art and fashion to its very core, giving us the ever-trendy floral prints.
HOW DID THE TREND BEGIN?
Flowers were an integral part of fashion even before floral prints entered the textile industry. During the ancient days, people used real flowers as ornaments to decorate their hair and garments. The first floral prints on fabric can be traced back to the 12th century, when the Chinese started embroidering the beautiful scenes of nature and flowers on their clothes. This trend quickly swept through the
Middle Eastern regions and the Asian sian countries, making its mark in Japan by the end of the century. Influenced by this trend, the Japanese started using floral embroideries in their traditional dress, the kimono.
On digging deep into the origin of floral prints, one learns that the ancient Egyptians were known to be the first florists. The designs they invented were highly stylised wreaths, garlands and centrepieces for big events such as banquets, processions, burials and temple offerings. In addition, flower arrangements were a luxury available only to the royals and nobles. Their designs included symmetry, order, simplicity, and repetition of a particular pattern.
In India, people from one of the earliest civilisations, the Indus Valley, wore floral print dresses. One of the most important figurines recovered is that of the ‘Priest King’ from the site of Mohenjo-Daro. The calmly seated ‘Priest King’ is depicted wearing a shawl with floral patterns. Flowers have a huge significance on Indian culture. Be it offerings to gods, wedding décor or simply gifting them to loved ones, flowers hold a special place in Indian tradition. Flowers are considered as a symbol of purity, strength and selflessness. They add to the aesthetic when embellished on anything. The sight and sense of beautiful flowers can refresh the soul with its spiritual significance, creating positive and peaceful vibes around you. It is a proven psychological fact that at seeing flowers gives you an immediate boost of happiness.
Considering the heritage and aesthetics of flowers, the textile industry too started manufacturing floral prints. The look and feel that flowers bring is soothing to the eyes and suitable for every occasion. The best part about wearing floral prints is that they pair elegantly with traditional as well as modern ensembles. When it comes to floral prints, there is hardly any room for mistakes. You can look charming yet fun, enjoyable yet sophisticated.
MEN AND FLORAL PRINTS
For a long time now, floral prints have been considered girlish and didn’t make it to a man’s wardrobe. The blooming flowers on the brightcoloured fabrics were the last choice for men to sport, until and unless they were on a holiday trip. This deprived them from enjoying the fun side of prints. Battling these prejudices, men are now bolder while making a fashion statement. Now,
they not only flaunt floral prints inn shirts, but also in bottoms, jackets, blazers azers and shoes.
BREAKING STEREOTYPES S
Floral prints for men do not begin and end with the Hawaiian an shirt. Going back in time, the original floral garment for men was the invention of Japanese and Chinese immigrant entrepreneurs settled in Hawaii. In the 1930s, they began stitching sections of old kimonos os together to create colourful, eyecatching garments for tourists. By and by, men’s fashion has evolved and many types of prints ts have been added to the list.
THE BIG AND SMALL OF IT
For those who like to make an avantgarde fashion statement and embrace floral prints dominantly, big prints are the right choice. Meanwhile, small prints are apt for those who don’t want to overdo the print. The sizes of the flowers are so small that most of the time these prints seem like patterns and do not bring out the presence of the flowers. Here, the amalgamation of the colours is more important than the shape. Small prints are great for those who do not wish to create any unwanted volume illusion.
OTHER KINDS OF FLORAL PRINTS
In prints, the placed pattern is slightly different from other patterns. As the name suggests, it does not cover most of the fabric; rather it is placed or confined to some area of the cloth. Placed patterns are usually big and noticeable and make one feel good about their attire. On the other hand, botanical prints are printed with a blend of small and big flowers creating a perfect mix of colours. They are the most picked floral prints in stores.
TIPS TO WEAR FLORAL PRINTS
SHIRTS: Floral print shirts look best when the shades are contrasted with solid colours. Not every man can pull off the dapper and bold look in floral prints, so it is necessary to choose your prints carefully. Make sure the colour of your shirt matches your personality and adds to your confidence. TROUSERS: If you are opting for floral trousers, then try not to wear a floral shirt with it. It might get tacky if you wear a pair of trousers and a shirt of the same print. Dark trousers with a bright floral print can go well with a dark shirt. To avoid a fashion faux pas, never wear your floral trousers for official and corporate meetings.
BLAZERS: To make a bold statement with floral prints, a floral print blazer with a plain tee and jeans can do wonders. This will help you command attention in the simplest way. Pair the blazer with a complementing T-shirt. Match the attire with a basic pair of shoes and you are good to go. TIES: Ties give the essence of a business look without compromising on style. Sport your floral tie with a shirt that complements the colour of your tie. For example, if you are wearing a cyancoloured shirt, then your tie should be blue in colour. Keep in mind the occasion before you suit up in a floral tie.
MARKET FOR FLORAL
Floral prints are all set to bombard and impact the menswear market. With gender bias on floral prints slowly dying out, these powerful prints are luring more men to floral fashion. There are new trends emerging which are facilitating the growth of these prints in the commercial market. Many retailers are now shedding the stereotypes and prejudices associated with floral prints and are providing a variety of prints for men. Such brands are boosting the market by incorporating florals in different types of prints, patterns and motifs.
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