Asking for a Friend: How to Wear Prints & Patterns

‘Asking for a Friend’ is our style advice series. Summer is here, and with it comes an exuberant crop of patterned shirts to bring vacation vibes to your every endeavor. The options are so good this season that even men who traditionally steer clear of prints might be tempted to […]

‘Asking for a Friend’ is our style advice series.

Summer is here, and with it comes an exuberant crop of patterned shirts to bring vacation vibes to your every endeavor. The options are so good this season that even men who traditionally steer clear of prints might be tempted to give them a try. If you find yourself in this situation, allow us to suggest three ways to wear them well.

1. Simple pattern, subdued color

Ted Baker London shirt | Bonobos stretch chino shorts

If big patterns feel a little outside your wheelhouse, ease into them with a neutral palette and simple geometric shapes.

2. Complex pattern, subdued color

1901 camp shirt | 1901 stretch chinos

Hawaiian shirts look positively dapper in duotone. Pair with trim-fit chinos for a look Cary Grant would be proud to wear.

3. Complex patterns, bold color

Scotch & Soda shirt | Barney Cools chinos

Be sure to ground your favorite ‘more is more’ impulses with pants in a neutral color that harmonizes with your shirt.

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