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Nov 06, 2014 - Calibre

Print gets a bad rep. For the uninitiated, it’s easy to immediately associate it with garish Hawaiian shirts made popular in the ‘80s and given that you’re on the Calibre blog, I’m going to wager (pray) that you don’t count Ace Ventura as a style icon. Thankfully for you and me, things have evolved considerably since then.

There’s also the perception that prints are difficult to wear, which only carries any weight if you don’t know where to begin. So with that in mind, let’s break down the different ways you can incorporate it into your day-to-day outfits, making you stand out from the crowd yet still retain your masculinity.



If you’d prefer to take baby steps during your first foray, the easiest way to incorporate pattern into your ensemble is with accessories – a carefully chosen paisley tie or a floral pocket square will rejuvenate your tailoring.



For a casual, confident cool opt for patterned shoes, but remember the mantra that ‘less is more’ and wear them back with a solid colour pair of shorts or chinos.




Now that you see how easy it is to integrate print into your wardrobe, let’s up the ante. Printed shirts are great for injecting life into your summer outfits and should therefore be treated as the focal point. For maximum impact, wear a tone of contrasting shorts or pants:



Feeling confident yet? Great. Now how can you incorporate print into your bottom half? Quite easily, actually – for a slightly daring yet understated look, wear them with plain shoes and a minimalist top:





Once you’ve mastered the basics above, the more advanced option is to mix different type of prints. Of course there are potential dangers, but as a Calibre Man you’re not averse to calculated risks, are you?

The easiest way to achieve this is by mixing printed ties with patterned shirts – just make sure that the pattern of the tie differs to the shirt and it includes at least one complementary base colour for maximum effectiveness.



In the examples below, the red and navy create a striking contrast, as does the difference in size and pattern between the two prints (an important consideration when mixing prints / patterns):



So there we have it. What might have seemed like a sartorial minefield is actually quite simple once you deconstruct it. Experiment, be bold and say ‘Aloha’ to print! Just leave the ukulele out of it.

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