Masculine Spring Florals

The best thing about queer style is that it takes risks, breaks boundaries, and isn’t afraid to blur gender lines. Before traditional menswear media like GQ told their readers, “Don’t be afraid of florals,” and NBA stars started rocking loud floral prints, gender-binary fashion rules dictated that “real men” didn’t wear pink or flowers. It’s rules like these that made masculine fashion fairly mundane. However, in more recent years, there has been a renewed interest in menswear and designers are abandoning these ridiculous rules. We’re now seeing mainstream menswear adopting styles that have typically been associated with “queer fashion.”

While there is an entire political discussion that can be had about the pros and cons of this change, one thing is very promising: There is currently more floral apparel on the market for those who dress masculine. Here are some of our favorite spring floral looks to try this year:

Ace3Style blogger Ace demonstrates how to make power-clashing look effortless and airy. Bow tie, Consignment Shop. Shirt, P.I.N.K. Shorts, Paul Smith. Photo via dapperQ.

4aStyle blogger Mimi in floral button-down from J-Crew. Photo via dapperQ.

Bike and Jacket FeatureTrans* advocate Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler in vintage floral button-down. Photo via dapperQ.

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHJesse Crozier layers a floral shirt under a cardigan, ideal combo for those spring days that swing between hot and cold. Photo via Posture.

DJ Average JoDJ Average Jo in animal and floral print button-down perfect for warm weather and layering. Photo by Kelsy Chauvin via Queer Fat Femme.

Camo FloralSome fashion experts advise using camo as a neutral and florals as a neutral. Using this logic, you can mix the two neutrals and put together a great masculine floral ensemble.  Image via Fancy.

Camo FloralsAnother example of mixing camo and florals. Image via Pinterest.

 Inspired? Ok, now to get your hands on some florals. Here are some of our recommended products.

Contrast PocketFloral Tee with Contrast Pocket, $34, Tilly’s.

f21 shortsPixelated Floral Shorts, $23, Forever 21.

f21 floral camoFloral Camo Button Down, $20, Forever 21.

F21 Floral Button DownSlim Fit Floral Button-Down, $23, Forever 21.

Hype Backpack

Hype Rainforest Back Pack, £25.00, Topman.

Floral Bow Tie“Bouquet” bow-tie hand made by queer designer Silki Harris, $23, Ambiance Couture Bowtie.

Floral PantsFloral Wash Pant, $70, Rakuten.

Floral ConverseConverse All Star Lo Floral Sneaker, $60, Journeys.

Floral CapFloral Cap, $12, ShopSmileZTM’s ETSY store.

 Need even MORE inspiration? Check out Guys with Floral S*it, an entire Tumblr dedicated to, well, ….

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