Originally posted in 24 Hours Vancouver
February 25, 2014
Many men shy away from patterns — and we can’t understand why. Maybe they don’t want to stand out or to look gay if they aren’t? Maybe they worry that it won’t suit their body type? Or maybe these men don’t know what to wear with a bold pattern?
Whatever the case, this spring there’s a lot of pattern coming our way — so jump on board. Fortunately, there’s something for everyone. And even the “guy’s guys” will find something to embrace.
This spring, forget about the plaid that we’ve been seeing for what feels like years. We’ve got better options — and there are ways to make a subtle statement or a bold one.
Forget Duck Dynasty, this is the new camo. Bold, larger in scale, and sometimes with a hint of blue, this pattern is a must for any stylish man this spring. Don’t just keep it to jackets — think shirts, pants, and hats, but be sure not to wear them all at once.
We are big fans of floral no matter what the season, but it is quite fitting for spring. Shorts are the big thing for prints — over-scale florals make a dramatic statement but can also be kept low key and casual.
Nautical-inspired stripes never go out of style. This is for the man who has a hard time with bold prints. A great stripe, whether neutral or bold, can really amp up an outfit. Stay away from a black and white stripe, as you may look like you’re going to jail. Keep it light and fun.
You can never have enough geometric prints in your wardrobe. These fabulous T-shirts are great for layering. They offer the perfect surprise hit of pattern to any layered outfit or paired with a simple pair of jeans for a simpler look.
1. Camo Jacket (H&M)
2. Striped Shorts (Old Navy)
3. Killgrew, Funk Editions Prints in Hendrix T-shirt
4. Killgrew, Funk Editions Prints in Clinton grey/green T-shirt
5. Mixing patterns, stripes and florals from the Gap
6. Floral shirt from H&M
7. Floral shorts from the Gap