Stylish print clashers
By Kasia Hastings, 10 August 2016
If the SS17 shows are anything to go by, next year we’ll all be wearing oversized tailoring, super-long sleeves and plenty of print clashes. Discordant designs featured heavily in Prada, JW Anderson and Vivienne Westwood’s visions for next season, but it seems some men are one step ahead of the fashion crowd. Here are the stylish guys already showcasing some powerful pattern play.
Justin Bieber: military mashup
Wearing one print is enough to send a lot of men into meltdown, but Bieber isn’t your average dresser. He’s bold, brave and certainly not afraid of a controversial combination – here he pairs a camo army jacket with an oversized Breton-stripe top for the ultimate collision of military motifs.
Jaden Smith: the Fresh Prints
While Smith is a fan of an all-black look, when he does do print he piles it on with expertise well beyond his 18 years. Here he combines a patchwork bomber and plaid shirt for a Paris Fashion Week print clash that secured him a position among 2016’s most stylish men.
Kanye West: Renaissance man
West has rocked some pretty wild outfits in his time, so it’s no surprise to see him coupling two seemingly incompatible prints here. True to form, the fashion maverick makes a pink tie-dye tee and baroque-print jeans work with some simple style wizardry. A light grey hoodie (worn properly) and white Vans help to make this potentially OTT outfit a little more palatable.
Wiz Khalifa: a hint of print
Here we have a more wearable way of working a print clash into your wardrobe. Wiz Khalifa can carry off the waviest of looks, but when it comes to playing around with patterns he keeps things classic by combining two softer designs – a skinny striped tee and a subtly floral-printed shirt.
Brooklyn Beckham: prints tie dye for
When you’re 17 there are no rules and here the heir to the Beckham style throne throws on all the prints he can find to excellent effect. A cool combination of camo, tie-dye and Hawaiian florals gives off grungy vibes, and the whole thing is well balanced with some grey jeans and a green cap.