Pattern and print trends for 2017

Most men like to look their best, and an up-to-date knowledge of the season’s trends is a good place to start. Read this list for an idea of what to look out for.

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Flower power

Florals have always been big news in women’s fashion, but the pattern is increasingly being seen in men’s wardrobes up and down the country. Cropping up on shirts, shorts and jackets, the well-dressed man apparently has little hope of avoiding a flowery theme for his summer look. A short-sleeved floral shirt worn open over a plain t-shirt and paired with light-coloured trousers or chinos is a good way to embrace the trend in a subtle, masculine way.

Take cover

Camouflage is a trend that has managed to escape the cyclical nature of most fashion, and it is now a staple of many wardrobes year in, year out. To keep it looking fresh and up-to-date, only wear the print on one article of clothing at a time, such as a light jacket or shirt thrown on over a plain t-shirt.

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Eastern inspiration

Japanese culture has had a massive impact on Western fashion. Bold prints and striking colours look great when matched with plainer pieces to help highlight Chinese-inspired motifs of birds and rich embroidery. A souvenir jacket makes a statement in an understated way without looking overdone.

Check mate

Checks and plaids are a perennial in men’s fashion, from windowpane to smaller prints. No areas are off limits; checks have been showing up on T-shirts, shorts, trousers, shirts and jackets, often adding a touch of class to an otherwise modest piece. There are lots of pieces to choose from. The current collection of mens Farah shirts includes lots of checked pieces and is widely available from places such as http://ejmenswear.com/brands/farah.

Go dotty

Polka dots have long been present on men’s ties and pocket squares, but now they’re all over shirts and other items of men’s fashion. Bigger dots make more of a statement, while smaller spots create a more subtle look suitable for most occasions.

Earn your stripes

Vertical stripes can help add the illusion of height and draw the eye away from problem areas, making the print almost universally popular. A striped T-shirt worn under a blazer is a classic look that will never date.

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