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SHIRT INSPO FROM THE GRAM
By Steven Potter, 2 August 2020
If you’re reading this, you’re probably already well aware that summer just wouldn’t be summer without an influx of printed shirts. With more choice than ever before, finding the designs that suit you best can seem like a bit of a task. Well, let the print pioneers on Insta show you how it's done below, including cameos from some of 2020’s biggest trends.
Let’s kick things off with an old favourite: the tropical print. From novelty beach-side attire to cult favourite and now, a certified summer staple, tropical-print shirts are the hot-weather OG. Styles like this are a really easy way of adding some bold colour and punchy design to your everyday look. Here, @asosty has upgraded his palm-print beauty with some smart trousers and fresh AF Nike kicks. And, how can we forget the official accessory of SS20 (we’re calling it) – the chain necklace.
GET IN LINE(S)
Are stripes a pattern, or a print? Either way, the humble design is probably the most wearable of all styles – it's a pattern that suits literally everyone. This season there are countless updates on the classic, most notably, the ones above from cult brand COLLUSION. Whether it’s dropping a wavy print across the top, or just making the most of the season’s key pastel colour palette, there is no such thing as crossing the line (sorry) when it comes to this one.
OWN THE TONALS
Tonal shades have been kicking around for a couple of seasons now thanks to the utility trend’s total dominance. So, if you’re already a cargo-trouser kinda guy, the easiest thing to do is find a shirt choc-a-block with contrasting (but still neutral) tones, just like @jordandefay above. Bonus: using a more muted colour palette is a sure-fire way of ensuring your new printed piece will match with pretty much everything you already own.
COLOURS? WE'LL TAKE THEM ALL
Flying in the face of the utility trend's oh-so-sandy vibe, a much brighter, bolder and more psychedelic throwback has reared its multi-coloured head this season: tie-dye. Now, if you’re gonna flex a truly kaleidoscopic amount of colour in one shirt, take a leaf out of @jayscotttttttt’s book and strip back the rest of your outfit with a plain T-shirt and your favourite jeans. That gives you more room to combine the shirt with some statement sunnies and, of course, some more chain necklaces.