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Guys can wear prints too

Wearing prints isn’t taboo for guys. Not anymore. With ramps all over the world blitzing the printed shirt, Dhara Vora scoured around for styles that will increase the coolth factor for guys, at work or at play

(From left) Versace Autumn Winter 2014, Sanjay Hingu, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana; all Spring Summer 2014 collections. pics/getty (except Sanjay Hingu)
(From left) Versace Autumn Winter 2014, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Sanjay Hingu ; all Spring Summer 2014 collections. pics/getty (except Sanjay Hingu)

After work

(left) Go sail-fishing wearing this shirt (Rs 3,599). AT Nautica stores.
(Right) Aztec shirt (Rs 1,299) AT John Players outlets.

 

(left) Tie and Dye never felt so chic. AT Levi’s stores.
(Right) If flowers are a bit too much, go for geometric print with this shirt designed by Ashish N Soni for Wills Lifestyle (Rs 3,999). 

At work 

(left)The insect print is so tiny it can pass off as a polka-dotted shirt for a relaxed day at work (Rs 1,799).
AT Wills Lifestyle outlets.
(Right) A bold stripe pattern makes for a good alternative to your regular striped shirts for work (Rs 2,990). AT Zara stores.

On holiday

(left and middle)One of the most common prints for men’s shirts is the Hawaiian print. This season they are back in fresher colours for eventful holidays as bright as your cocktails (Left, Nautica Rs 2,499; M&S Rs 2,794)
(Right) Fashion surf with this surfboard printed shirt (Rs 2,794). AT M&S stores.

This & That

(left)Reach for the stars with this shirt (Rs 2,299). AT French Connection outlets.
(Middle) It’s still spring, French Connection (Rs 2,999).
(Right) Wear this bird-printed shirt for a Sunday brunch (Rs 2,890). At Zara stores.

Designer speak

Choosing the right kind of print for you is very subjective, it depends on your personality type. Overall prints have been dominating the scene now but not everyone will be willing to experiment with it. An easy way to get a printed shirt right is to pair it with a solid coloured apparel — wear it a with a plain blazer or pants, even jeans would work.

Rajat Tangri, designer
Rajat Tangri, designer

You can also wear them with linen shorts or reverse the idea by wearing printed linen trousers with a plain shirt. If you have a bigger build and wish to take the attention away, it’s best to avoid wearing loud printed shirts. At the office, bold stripes work and if you have a strict dress code, incorporate prints in the form of pocket squares, ties and bags. On a day when you are allowed to relax it a bit, wear soft pastel or paisley prints.

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