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It’s been said that summer is a time for reinventing yourself. Time to shed a layer, to put away the dark, muted tones of winter’s painfully short days and, in their place, make way for a bolder, brighter wardrobe shift. The best way? Prints, in all forms. Come summer, you’re undoubtedly going to want to add more variety to your outfits, whether you err on the side of caution or go for the full whack. Here’s how.
A picture of an street styler wearing a check-and-denim patchwork jacket.

Gently does it

It’s fair that a lot of guys shy away from prints for fear of peacocking just a little too much. If this is you – but you still want to mix things up a bit – try adding a subtle hint of print to one piece of clothing, like your shirt. A true fail-safe? Timeless checks. They'll never be boring and can easily be bold enough to make a statement. Keep the rest of your outfit muted and neutral to help the print stand out on its own.
A pciture of a man wearing a striped cross-body bag and snake-print trousers.

Reinvent the wheel

Don’t be afraid to raise the bar with colours as well as patterns, just like this guy's done. He’s mixed two classic but bold choices – snakeskin print and black and white stripes – and the way he’s paired them together instantly elevates his entire look. Keeping the rest of his outfit dark gives the prints the limelight they deserve and ensures that all eyes are on him (in the best possible way).
A picture of a man wearing wide-cut trousers, a floral shirt and an overshirt.

Flora & fauna

The classic floral shirt has made a comeback of late, in many different iterations. One of the best? A bold, graphic print, worn open and layered with lightweight, loose fitting pieces – just as this guy has done. Wearing a print like this is the simplest way to elevate a summer wardrobe without completely changing your entire style, and it works best worn slightly too long and slightly too big.
A picture of a man wearing a snake-print bucket hat, 90s-style sunglasses and a neon shirt.

The bold type

A bold accessory may be just enough drama for you and your summer wardrobe, so, when the dress code allows, don’t be afraid to up the ante and opt for a loud pattern in a standout colour to help raise the bar. Whether you choose a bucket hat, a bag or an out-there pair of sunglasses, be more adventurous in tone and print than you have been before. And always, always make sure your confidence is at the top of its game.
A picture of a street styler wearing a tie-dye T-shirt.

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The revived classic

There will likely come a time in every man’s life where he’s no longer afraid to stand out and opt for patterns that he used to shy away from wearing. This summer, take inspiration from decades past: the incredible patterns that consumed the 70s, 80s and 90s should play into your everyday and become your summer staples. Make like this guy and cop a baggy tie-dye T-shirt that speaks volumes on its own, while the rest of your outfit stays simple.