The Patterned Dress Shirt
The decision to sport a pattern or print is not an easy one when you’re accustomed to rigid lines and conventional styling.
If ever there was a time to step outside your comfort zone it’s now: prints like paisley are quickly gaining acceptance as a way to diversify an otherwise orthodox wardrobe. Much like a third jersey in professional sports, though, the patterned dress shirt should be used sparingly for maximum impact.
It’s easy to see how a floral or retro-inspired print wouldn’t be appropriate for the office; sure, there’s something respectable about a man who flaunts convention, but professional attire is supposed to complement rather than overshadow the person wearing it. If people spend more time processing your shirt than your message, you’ve done yourself a disservice.
That said, a patterned dress shirt does have its place, and it can work in your favour. Florid lines and intricate detailing naturally draw attention in ways that solid or even plaid dress shirts can’t. That’s fine, just be prepared for the attention and the assumptions about your personality. To avoid the frat-boy look, have the shirt fitted to your dimensions and be sure to tuck it in.
Floral or botanical prints are a natural choice for warm weather days and nights, since they seem to embody that laissez-faire attitude synonymous with summer. However, tighter, more geometric patterns such as diamonds don’t limit themselves to any season, and they can even work well in business casual environments when paired with the right suit.
You can downplay the impact by sticking with two colours, or at least a more muted colour scheme. Pairing with solid garments and accessories does this trick as well, but is not something to be taken lightly. If you’re new to the exciting world of patterned dress shirts, start simple and choose something you can easily pair with items from your existing wardrobe. As your comfort level rises, branch out.
Looking for a more personal touch? Our style advisors can meet you at your office to display fabric samples, take body measurements and guide you through the customization process. Or you can visit us for the same great experience.
The beauty of custom is the ability to impose your personal style on any aspect of design. Using our intuitive design interface, which features 3D-rendered shirts and changes shown in real-time, you can choose to customize every last detail or simply the ones that matter to you.
Without the assurance of a perfect fit, there’s no trust. We guarantee your shirt to fit the way you intended. If it doesn't, we’ll fix it, then we’ll save your updated measurements in our system for seamless future orders.