Prints have creeped their way into menswear and have become a mainstay the past several seasons – and they’ve not been for the faint-hearted. Yet SS15 saw a step back from the vibrant patterns, foliage and out-there bird motifs we saw the previous summer season for pared-down versions in traditional masculine colours.
The good news: this understated version of the bold prints trend (as seen in Dior Homme above, and Saint Laurent below) has become much more wearable for the boys who are strutting down regular ole’ streets, not just the catwalk.
Most men’s stance on prints is that despite being somewhat intrigued, they’d feel a bit funny about wearing them. The solution is to wear your printed shirt under a blazer or jumper, showing just a flash of the pattern. Like with everything, less is more and showing a bit of print throws a lot of punch. Wearing them alone makes a bigger, braver statement but can look somewhat overwhelming on a larger physique.
Here are four of our favourite designer printed shirts:
1. Grey circles patterned t-shirt by RJR.John Rocha
2. Navy Hawaiian print shirt by Hammond & Co by Patrick Grant
3. Navy printed shirt from J by Jasper Conran (coming soon)
4. Navy dot print shirt by Hammond & Co by Patrick Grant
The best part about prints, and we can attest, is that much like wearing a bit of pink, bold colours, or any other trend oft-reserved for the ladies, wearing it paradoxically conveys a staunch, self-assured masculinity.