Dave MacDowell is a self-taught artist who channels the dark side of pop culture. His paintings are acid-tripped explosions of the inner child on Saturday mornings sprinkled with Hollywood and Jesus. It’s sweet cartoon anarchy. You can enjoy Dave’s work on Tumblr and Flickr.
You’ve been avoiding floral patterns because you think they’re just a fad. Consider this a public service announcement: florals are here to stay in the men’s fashion world. Don’t be afraid to wear florals; instead, learn when and how it’s a good idea to wear them.
1) The Setting is Key
Spring and summer are always great times to bust out your floral menswear gear. There are numerous labels and designers that create masculine floral tees and short-sleeve button-down shirts in lightweight, natural fabrics. Don’t worry, florals can still work for fall and winter; just go for pieces with darker, bolder designs. Thinking of wearing florals to a traditional office setting one day? Keep it to accessories, and save it for Casual Fridays.
2) Know the Floral Species that work for You
Just like other fashion patterns, florals come in a variety of designs and motifs. And just like those other patterns, certain designs look better on you than others; it all comes down to experimenting and trying out pieces to see how they work for you. Some common floral designs that are easy to pull off: Classic, Micro, Tropical, and Graphic.
3) Transition from a Floral Rookie to a Floral Pro
Don’t buy a 2-piece floral suit or a floral blazer right away when you first start out wearing this pattern. Start with accessories and smaller pieces with floral accents that can be worn with solid menswear items; they’ll add pops of color to your outfit, and you’ll slowly get the hang of which floral designs match with your personal style.
Want dibs on some of the best floral men’s fashion items to wear? Here are our Top 10 picks:
Hope Kroll born 1968 is a collage artist from Paso Robles, CA.
I use antique books as my main source material and for the past seven years, I have devoted myself to the technique of cut-paper collage.
In these works, either the book covers themselves, or the antique blank paper found in old books serve as the ‘canvas’ upon which I assemble the intricately cut-out images.
Culled from a wide range of sources, my visual lexicon is composed of diverse images gleaned from old encyclopedias, medical texts, children’s books, popular science, technical manuals, paper dolls and antique photographs to name a few.
Because of the high quality of the color plates and lithography found in the actual printings, I prefer to use original found materials. Copied or scanned images cannot come close to the originals in terms of overall visual impact.
The aged paper offers a beautiful natural patina and a muted palette I find particularly attractive. I feel that these older books and photographs are especially compelling as they each possess their own unique history, having passed through many hands before coming into my possession.
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Nunzio Paci lives and works in Bologna. His fascination with anatomy begins with an analytical look, observing the matter while dissecting it. Only then does he move ‘from the phenomenon to the complexity of the symbol and of culture.’
“My whole work deals with the relationship between man and Nature, in particular with animals and plants. The focus of my observation is body with its mutations. My intention is to explore the infinite possibilities of life, in search of a balance between reality and imagination.” - Nunzio Paci
"The habitual vision or visual habit makes us go by the routine ways. It stops us from having adventure and checking out the wonders out there. My work is trying to destroy, tear up, and reconstruct this habitual vision so that our vision can be expended to other images.” (text source)