No, we’re not talking about the lurid and loud printed shirts of your childhood. Start small with subtle botanical prints until you gather up the courage to wear a shirt emblazoned with a menagerie of animals or whimsical palm trees.
And by that, we mean floral patterns with discernible petals, large circles instead of small dots and so on.
This new breed of illustrated shirts wants to make you smile, not laugh. Tropical plants are good. Hula girls and ukuleles are not.
As with any pattern, less is more. If you’re wearing a shirt covered in prints, avoid the urge to wear it with striped trousers or a checked jacket.
Don’t pair your illustrated shirt with other “busy” pieces. This will only draw attention away from the shirt and overwhelm it.
Wearing excessive accessories with an illustrated shirt is not a right move. A pair of glasses, a watch or a bracelet or two will work.
The illustrated shirt should make a bright statement, but it shouldn’t give anyone a headache.
MORE TIPS ON STYLING THE PRINTED SHIRT
1. The easiest way to perfect the “guys night out” look is to do away with jeans altogether. Replace denim with chinos and they’ll give your look a tailored feel without going full-throttle formal.
2. The super-casual vibes of shorts make them perfectly suited to complement illustrated shirts. Besides, we can always use a nice reminder of warm, sunny days during the colder season, no?
3. Create a more daring look by layering your illustrated shirt with, say, a bright sweater then pair it up with comfy jogger pants to go.
WHAT’S HOT RIGHT NOW
The charge sheet for the illustrated shirt is substantial. For years this menswear misdeed has stood accused of being too loud, too obnoxious and too attention-seeking. But this season, fortune favors the bold.
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