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Paisley Linen Shirt
Frank & Eileen
Sold by: Shopbop

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We’ve mentioned Frank & Eileen before – it’s a great line made in the USA, using the finest Italian fabrics – and we are fans of these stylish shirts. Since that’s all Frank & Eileen makes, they really focus on fit, which is a great modern one. This paisley pattern is stylishly neutral in its soft faded blues. It will look great every summer with jeans or khaki’s – you can even throw on a cotton navy or khaki sport coat to dress it up.
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07/29/2014

Patterns & Florals on our Minds…and not a Single Hawaiian Shirt

In general, we are not a flashy bunch of gents, so when we see pattern it really has to be right for us to be interested. And this season, interested we are. From subtle to sophisticated yet bold, prints and patterns can bring a little summer fun into your wardrobe. What is so interesting about this season is the wide variety of patterns available to us. Florals, dots, and checks (which we’ll be talking about in more detail in a few weeks) really catch our eye. And they are not over the top or inappropriate. For example, a printed pair of shorts brings just a touch of modern prep to your polo. And a floral print on a shirt doesn’t mean you have to head to a luau. Nevertheless, some of us can be intimidated by a print – how to wear them, what to wear them with, how much is just too much? So, this week, let’s talk about some picks and how to wear them. You’ll feel confident when you head out the door.

We’ll be talking about how to wear pattern for work (Tuesday), after 5 (Wednesday), and for casual days (Thursday) all week, so head on over to Fashion Finds for even more of our favorites.
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http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-gerald-ww-regular-fit-print-dress-shirt/3770758
BOSS Hugo Boss - Gerald WW Regular Fit Print Dress Shirt
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Gerald WW Regular Fit Print Dress Shirt
Gerald WW Regular Fit Print Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Dress shirts don’t have to be stripe or check. We like to change it up with this contemporary fit foulard pattern from Hugo Boss. It adds just that bit of stylish dash to your wardrobe. We like to wear this shirt with a darker blue suit or sport coat for a tonal look. Wear it with or without a tie. And we like a tie in a dark, solid coordinating color best.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Salvatore-Ferragamo-Baseball-Print-Silk-Tie-Blue-/prod163170113_cat40450753__/p.prod
Salvatore Ferragamo - Baseball-Print Silk Tie
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Salvatore Ferragamo - Baseball-Print Silk Tie
Baseball-Print Silk Tie
Salvatore Ferragamo
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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The classic “power tie”, right? This Salvatore Ferragamo silk print is the best example of how we gents can incorporate prints into our wardrobe – and share a little something about ourselves. When it’s baseball season, grab your new favorite Ferragamo baseball tie. Pair with a white dress shirt and dark blue or grey suit and you are ready to tackle the world (or at least some good water cooler game day talk).
http://www.bonobos.com/blue-floral-print-casual-shirt-for-men
Bonobos - Washed Poplin - Blue Floral Print Shirt
We’ve always liked washed cotton ditsy print shirts. Despite the tiny flowers, it comes off masculine in its small, random pattern (That’s what “ditsy print means, by the way - a small pattern that has a random look to it.) Check out this button collar version from Bonobos. Wear it with your darker wash jeans or solid washed twill shorts for a fresh summer look that will let the shirt speak for itself.

http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Men/Shorts/PRD_T87262/Golf+Stream+10+Shorts.jsp
Tommy Bahama - Golf Stream 10
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Tommy Bahama - Golf Stream 10
Golf Stream 10" Shorts
Tommy Bahama
Sold by: Tommy Bahama

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A little bold and a lot of fun. We like the retro pattern of these shorts from Tommy Bahama. We also like the tech fabric they use - its quick dry, which makes it great for the golf course or the beach. If you forgot your swim trucks, hey, no problem.


http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Como-Fancy-Swim-Trunks-Navy-/prod166000342_cat20380735__/p.prod
Peter Millar - Como Fancy Swim Trunks
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Peter Millar - Como Fancy Swim Trunks
Como Fancy Swim Trunks
Peter Millar
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An easy way to wear a bold floral print is in a swim trunk – they go together like surf and sun. Peter Millar has done a great job with this one, not only using comfortable quick dry nylon, but including the requisite pockets us gents need at the beach – we’ve got to put our ice cream money somewhere. Throw on a solid t-shirt and you are fashionably set for the beach.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Robert-Graham-Moonlit-Paisley-Socks-3-Pack-Underwear-Socks/prod166210229_cat14030733__/p.prod
Robert Graham - Moonlit Paisley Socks, 3-Pack
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Robert Graham - Moonlit Paisley Socks, 3-Pack
Moonlit Paisley Socks, 3-Pack
Robert Graham
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If you need to keep your overall aesthetic pretty conservative, there’s always one place to show a little personality - your socks, of course. Hosiery is a great place to show your patterns. This Robert Graham 3-pack gives you options that will work for the office and with jeans.
 

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