This summer, break away from traditional solid and striped shirts and invest in a patterned option. Some may consider different patterns harder to wear, but really they’re no different than what’s already in your closet. The pattern is your visual texture, so just keep the rest of your outfit toned down. Below are the summer’s best patterned shirts, and some inspiration for how to wear them.
Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1940s Hawaiian Shirt
This open collar shirt has a design inspired by mid-century surf culture blossoming in Hawaii. Cut from smooth viscose fabric, the shirt features two chest flap pockets and is made in Romania. Balance the bold colorway with some worn denim for a more casual look.
Jim Selvedge Denim Jeans by Jean Shop $195
Watch Shoe by Maine Mountain Moccasin $299
Folk Camp-Collar Shirt
The uneven circles give this shirt a more laid-back vibe and the black-and-white colorway makes it easy to pair with a range of other garments. A pair of linen trousers will continue the looser silhouette without seeming sloppy.
Troy Drawstring Trousers by Hartford $200
Slipper Cigar Waxed Deerskin by Viberg $510
Battenwear Zuma Shirt
This roomy shirt is cut from cotton Ikat fabric and features a cross-collar loop for the top button. While the pattern and colors are vivid, this is still an easy-wearing option. Pair with some faded drawstring pants for a breezy look fitting for both a beach weekend or a barbecue with friends.
Verano Beach Pant by Outerknown $98
Arizona Sandals by Birkenstock $135
Outerknown BBQ Shirt
This camp-collar shirt is cut from an organic cotton-hemp blend and features an ’80s inspired print on an olive background. The design includes a single pocket, natural corozo buttons and a boxy fit. Balance out the dark colors of the shirt with shorts in a traditional khaki colorway.
Hudson Tab front Chino Short by Todd Snyder $128
Ipanema Woven Slippers by Hudson London $150
Todd Snyder Short Sleeve Liberty Print Floral Shirt
Cut from lightweight cotton, this camp-collar shirt features a chest pocket, straight hem and slim fit. The gray floral print balances the warm base colorway, so air on the side of the print color when pairing a bottom with this shirt — keep it dark to let the shirt shine on its own.
Walk Shorts by Mollusk $72
1970s Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers by Converse $85