Spring is well upon us and nothing says May Day like a fresh new floral print. Besides, lesbians and flowers go hand in hand. Don’t believe me? Take a look around here, because it sure seems like we can’t get enough of them! So isn’t it about time we started wearing floral prints in all sorts of fun ways?
Floral patterns might strike you as the stuff of squares, grandmas and wallpaper, but floral gotten a revamp over the last few years. I’m personally in love with mini floral print fabrics. Are those polka dots or are those adorable little flowers? They kind of go both ways so they’re perfect for all you queermos out there. With that in mind, I have five ways for you to wear floral that, from butch to femme, are just as queer as you are.
Floral Bow Tie
If the idea of a big loud print all over your body makes you nervous, I recommend starting with a small floral accessory. A floral print pocket square, hanker chief, bandana or bow tie is a good place to start. Just start with a little splash of colorful flowers and worry about working into your wardrobe later. you look like a genuine gentlequeer.
If you’re still a little skeptical, you could try a mini floral print that just uses one or two hues and pair it with solids or more familiar patterns in the seasons hottest colors. I particularly like a mini floral bow tie because it adds a little something sweet to your style and makes you look like genuine dapper queer.
Don’t kid yourself, if you live in a winter-having place it’s still far too cold for shorts. Luckily, a fun floral print is just the thing to brighten up your skinny jeans and get you in the warm weather mood. It’s tempting to think you need to pair such bold pants with a plain white shirt, but I suggest going for polka dots instead.
As for accessories, it’s go big or go home with this look, so this is a great opportunity to choose a bold colored accessory in a coordinating color. Complete your look and polish it up with some coordinating canvas oxfords. When you start with floral pants there’s no toning it down with browns or blacks.
Floral Boi’s Button-up
So much floral right in the middle of your body might seem a little scary to the masculine of center among us. Go too girly and you might lose your hawt butch swagger, go too Hawaiian and you end up looking like your dad at the last family reunion. That’s the genius of the mini floral. The teeny tiny flowers are only visible up close, and in the meantime you get to swirl together all these awesome colors.
If you opt for a men’s slim-fit shirt and pair it with men’s straight leg pants, I promise you won’t look too femme. If you’re on the smaller side, you could even pick up a XXL Boys shirt and save your money in the process. As for colors, I’d go with the shirt that matches your eyes.
Floral Canvas Lace-up Sneakers
You’re already wearing your Keds with everything, so why not take the opportunity to jazz up your look a bit? I love Keds because they’re so universally gender neutral and universally adorable. Finally, a pair of shoes you and your girlfriend can share! These adorable YMC Trainers look great with skinny jeans, and as a bonus, they’ll fit girls who have bigger feet because they’re technically “men’s shoes!” If you don’t feel like splurging on floral sneakers, you can just follow our how-to guide to make your own.
I know I said it was too cold for shorts, but that isn’t so true if you pair it with a nice warm blazer! Actually, one of the best parts about spring is when it’s warm enough to wear long sleeves with shorts. It’s such a nice change from short sleeves with pants! Be sure to pair a floral blazer with crisp bold accompanying pieces.
Remember, don’t shy away from matching patterns with patterns. Wide, nautical style striped shorts are a match made in heaven with this mini floral print blazer. The same is true if you swap upside-down and pair a striped blazer with floral shorts. Beware though, a floral blazer is the clothing item that puts you most at risk for looking like your mother at a bat mitzvah in the 90’s, so be sure to pick one in a flattering modern cut. Better yet, pick one in a lightweight fabric so you can wear it into the summer.
Branching out into the big beautiful world of floral print fabrics can be a bit daunting. Sometimes it seems like there’s just nothing that matches just right. That’s okay though! Keep it light and fun and you really can’t go wrong. If you end up looking like your great-aunt’s favorite upholstered chair, well, that’s really kind of the point.
Special thanks to Mimi and Vanessa for their hawt modeling