Floral prints are ubiquitous every spring/summer season in fashion. Flowers themselves have constantly been reinvented and ingeniously implemented in fashion as edgy, leisurely, luxurious and even subtle. Fast forward to 2015, where florals have reappeared in menswear with full force, but this time around, they're sporty and tropical.
My (conveniently photogenic) photographer Max DeYoung and I decided to play with florals in our own wardrobes in different ways, drawing inspiration from the floral environments in Portland we encounter on a day-to-day basis.
bdg TEE • scotch & soda JEANS • nike SHOES
I let my flower-printed BDG tee do all the talking in this sporty ensemble. Slim fit jeans from Scotch & Soda have just the right amount of give while still accentuating an athletic frame. I slipped on my Nike Roshe Runs not only because they're on a new level of sporty chic, but because they're also extremely comfortable. Roshe Runs start at only $75 and come in a variety of colors for both men and women, so there's really not an excuse not to own these.
Some of the best places to find flowers in Portland are in The Pearl. Max and I are obsessed with the hybrid home decor, coffee and flower shop called Christopher David. Sipping on mochas in the eclectic space was so relaxing while we waited for Max's custom flower arrangement to be prepared on the spot. It's easy to become inspired by Christopher David's flair for the unusual and unexpected. Their earthy floral arrangements are nothing short of extraordinary. Just a few blocks away is Sammy's Flowers, a florist with an infinitesimal array of sunflowers, peonies and, the city's trademark bloom, roses. There we literally took the opportunity to "stop and smell the roses."
the narrows TEE • h&m JEANS • converse SHOES • ray-ban SUNGLASSES
Max took a slightly more subtle approach to implementing florals into his wardrobe. "I like wearing a colorful statement piece against a neutral palette," he said. This otherwise all-black ensemble has a beautiful red floral panel, breaking up Max's silhouette in a complimentary fashion. Paired with Converse and Ray-Ban sunglasses, Max has a look that's both edgy and sleek.
"Masculinity in fashion is constantly being tested to its limits," Max remarked. "Florals can traditionally be seen as feminine, but at the end of the day its just a pattern like anything else." So whether you wear these naturally-influenced prints as a full-blown statement piece or a simple embellishment, florals are a great way to welcome spring with your wardrobe.