Thursday, 19 June 2014

Flower power is the summer choice


FLORAL IS definitely the style for this summer, but obviously it is wise to avoid any double floral pitfalls, floral shorts and floral shirt are a definite no no, but it is easy to either draw down the brighter shirt with a dark short, or go completely out and drop in a pastel pink or light blue, enhancing the print further.

Anyway on to the shirts and there are plenty to choose between, which is a bonus and the quality of patterns on offer mean many of the shirts can be worn well into the evening and not come over all Tom Selleck, or as if you have filed to change after a day out at the beach.

Kicking off with a light pink or as its called mauve, Hawaiian Levi’s sta-prest short sleeve, which although palm print, not being typically floral, this twill constructed single chest pocket shirt is well worth a look, and of course it doesn’t wrinkle.
Farah offer a light and dark floral alternative with the less garish Gatsby cream short sleeve number, which forms part of their 1920 range. 

Wooden buttons and with one chest pocket, the shirt comes in navy, on which the print stands out with orange and pinks contrasting well against the navy on this more botanical print.

The Edwin Edward navy shirt is a lighter washed colour, with all over black print almost anatomical in its style. Short sleeved, this muted coloured shirt befits jeans rather than shorts in my opinion.
The Brooklyn We Go Hard Tulip blue shirt is a smaller all over print and boasts pointed collars, with a curved hem line and small hanger on the back.

The print design on the long sleeve Minimum Bob navy shirt is very similar, offering a kaleidoscope of colour in a tailored fit, with Chambray textile on the collar and cuffs, button down collars and three button fastening on the cuffs again with rear hanger.
A sparse floral print is featured on the Gunnerside midnight men’s shirt from Farah, with turned up short sleeves and contrast logo on the chest pocket and button down collar. 

Matinique’s Stator B Atlantic shirt, may have the longest name of any shirt ever made, but this button down long sleeve shirt features a more muted print, similar to BWGH, with branded buttons and adjustable cuffs I am liking this shirt dropped against a pair of jeans, whether light or dark denim.

Like with a dog at Christmas, floral prints are for life when it comes to the stunning Liberty of London Darcie and Owen shirts.
Tradition, supreme quality and a reserved pattern make these shirts unmissable, but more dress than casual in approach, shorts, unless well tailored, with these stunners would be a crime, but they are definitely ‘multi-seasonal’.
The Darcie is a subtle blue on deep green print, long sleeve button cuffs, pointed button-down collar, this shirt just smacks of tradition with Stuarts being the exclusive London retailer of it.

The Owen print is all Sixties psychedelic, hinting at Paisley, with its delightful circular floral print offering the same finishes as the Darcie and the same exclusivity at Stuarts.

Although not floral in body print, their style is continued in a nice twist with the Plain pink dress shirt by Liberty as it drops in a floral dash on the inside of the cuffs, leaving cuffs undone just offers a snippet of the print, but it’s subtly enough.

The shirt, which is not button down also comes in burgundy and navy and is a nice twist on the summer’s style, understated, but effective, with the inclusion being maintained around the inside of the collar.