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How to: Stand out from the crowd

09.11.17

Is your wardrobe looking a little dull? Discover how a printed shirt can inject new life into your weekly attire

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Statement dressing is something that doesn’t lend itself as easily to men as it does to our female counterparts, but there are ways to stand out from the crowd. How? Simply put: the printed shirt. It’s been a menswear favourite for years, donned by everyone from Hollywood’s major players to the new romantics of rock’n’roll. For some, they conjure up images of dodgy Eighties’ revivals or your dad’s blasphemous Hawaiian shirt, but that doesn’t have to be the case. When done right, printed shirts can be a guaranteed statement piece.

Knowing how to execute print, however, is a particular brand of science and one we at Reiss are happy to bestow. So, whether you fancy yourself a budding rock star à la Harry Styles or you are drawn to the flamboyance of Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, take note of these options and what to wear them with…

SHAKE UP YOUR SUIT

There seems to be an unwritten rule among men that a suit must always be accompanied by a plain white shirt. Not so, however. A polka dot option is a great way to introduce interest to a grey suit and its versatility means it can work in the office, at casual Thursday evening drinks or even at a wedding. With polka dots, the classic colouring of black with white dots is best. Keep a few buttons undone for extra louche. If you’re still not convinced, the revival of the polka dot shirt in mainstream menswear has been championed by the likes of Harry Styles, Frank Ocean and George Clooney.
If it’s good enough for them…

EARN YOUR STRIPES

Stripes are an easy entry into statement dressing, especially for those of you wanting to dip your toes in rather than jump headfirst. The classic Breton stripe, which is horizontal, is the quintessential summer look, but for this time of year vertical stripes make a more lasting impression. Plus, they come with the added benefit of imbuing the wearer with a sense of stature and height. Take it one step further by opting for a lighter shade stripe rather than the darker colours synonymous with the mood of the winter season. This colour and style is a terrific complementary piece for a contemporary and fresh smart-casual look that can take you from the office to weekend activities.

GO FOR GRUNGE

A suitable option for any man who fancies himself a budding rock star, a dark printed shirt with a subtle floral pattern is the epitome of effortless cool. Opt for a slimmer fit to bring some structure to proceedings, but carefully consider the complementing pieces. When going for a more grunge take, it’s best to think of dressing for a night out. Turn it up to eleven by pairing with a leather jacket and copper-coloured chinos (upturned ends, of course) and classic brogues for full Mick Jagger-esque effect and an outfit that’s more folk rock than fancy dress.  

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