One of my favourite items is a floral shirt from Paul Smith. It has watercolour-like red and yellow flowers and leaves 'growing' from the bottom onto the sleeves. I call it vintage now since it's been a few years since I bought it. But it looks as good as ever. My appreciation for this shirt has been dampened, however, by a traumatic incident. As I was heading out of my building to get a taxi one afternoon, there it was: the same shirt on another man who's about 20kg too heavy for it. It's a slim-cut shirt and in front of me were buttons so desperately stretched you could see flesh oozing out between them. Not everyone has to be slim, but if you aren't, don't wear a slim-cut shirt. Floral prints are tricky. Choose carelessly and you may end up looking like your grandma's wallpaper or a package tourist in Pattaya. Avoid small, symmetrical floral prints on shirts. Floral shirts are not always featured prominently in fashion collections, but there are always at least a few of them every spring and summer. This year, two of the more notable floral shirts are from Alessandro Gherardeschi, either the watercolour-like print (below, left) or stitched floral pattern. Taking the flowery motif a step further this season is Kenzo, which has the Amazon as the central theme. Another time and place for floral prints is, of course, the beach. I've always loved the classic orchids on swimwear, and this year HOM has the flower subtly applied on its shirts-and-shorts set, as well as the not-so-subtly on the bright orange beach towel. They are a respite from the label's usual flaunty design, but on the right man and matched against a nice tan are no less an attention grabber than the more baring items. They can be happily matched with Paul Smith's orchid-pattern sandals that offer a sexy but whimsical touch. The brand for the men who love to flaunt is Etro, which also has floral motifs on offer but it's the animals that have caught my attention. I love its psychedelic zebra shirt (below, right). But I have to say it's not a shirt for men under 30 and 180cm. One rule to wearing animal motifs is modesty - you don't want to look like you are the sibling of Tarzan. But the right touch of animal print adds heat to your look. Think a truly wild snakeskin bowling bag from Etro, matched with a great pair of treated jeans and a sharp-toe brown shoes. If you have a real animal in you, the must-have is the leopard-skin pattern TOOT swimming trunks. Only a few men would dare to wear them and even fewer of them should. But if you have that body, this hot item will make you more deadly than an actual leopard. For a more modesty display of your animal instinct, agnes b. has in its Voyage collection a travel bag with a lizard motif (bottom). The design is so simple yet so effective, for the boyish men who effortlessly turn heads. Shopping list agnes b., IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2805 0678. Alessandro Gherardeschi available from Seibu, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2971 3888. Etro available from Joyce, Queen's Rd Central, tel: 2810 1120. HOM, 12 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2730 3823. Kenzo, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2175 4118. Paul Smith, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2523 5868. TOOT available from Delay No Mall, 68 Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2577 6988.