You love flowers. They bring a smile, uplift a day, raise spirits. But if you wear an excessively flowery shirt to the office, you will either be laughed out of the building or you work in the media. That said, if the rowsing spirit of the Chelsea Flower Show has become too much to quell, here are our top tips:
1) Don't wear one every day – you don't want to become 'the guy who wears flowery shirts'
2) Only wear one when the sun is shining – at least when you leave home in the morning.
3) Make sure you pair with unpatterened accessories – you don't want to look like a concession of InterFlora threw up on you.
So, without further ado, here are our top five shirts with a hint of the herbaceous…
1LikeNoOther Arris shirt, £125
This crisp blue shirt is at first view a box-fresh business number – but look at the detail and you'll spot the unique floral print and an electric blue ribbon. This is blue shirt thinking at its best.
Hawes & Curtis, £44.50
Although this shirt's pattern is geometric and monochrome, beneath it lies a colourful interior. Organised and sensible on the outside; flamboyant on the inside: just like you, then?
Staunton Moods, £125
This limited edition shirt from Belgian shirt maker Staunton Moods is detailed with a monochrome Wonderland pattern – or 'mood' – designed specifically for this shirt. Its shirts are made entirely in Europe, with superior finishing.
Paul Smith, £95
This men's slim-fit white shirt has a distinct 'Shifted Floral' print cuff lining, from the PS by Paul Smith collection. It's fresh without being dazzling.
TM Lewin for House of Fraser, £39.95
This is the boldest of the bunch – and can only be pulled off on certain occassions. Meeting a client for an alfresco lunch: acceptable. Firing an employee: less so.