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April 23, 2015

Stripes, Plaid, & Graphics: Casual Style That’s Anything but Boring

Wrapping up our week about spring pattern, we’ve got our top picks for casual wear incorporating all the amazing prints that we’ve been talking about for the season. And is there a more fun way to play with sporty stripes, masculine plaids, and touches of whimsical pattern than when we’re dressing for a casual day enjoying the great weather or winding down the workweek? We don’t think so…and with these great finds, we hope you’ll agree.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you missed our work (on Tuesday) or after 5 picks (on Wednesday), check them out in our Fashion Finds. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered. See you next week.
http://www.zappos.com/agave-denim-surin-beach-long-sleeve-fine-guage-crew-heather-gray
A classic fit pairs perfectly with the absolutely timeless styling of this lightweight “two bar” striped cotton sweater from Agave. This sweater will have you covered for any casual outing – it can’t be more versatile. Broken-in jeans, shorts, twill pants…check, check, and check. Throw on a grey or white t-shirt underneath, or a white oxford shirt and you are out the door in style. Sometimes, it really is as simple as that.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/john-varvatos-star-usa-slim-fit-short-sleeve-plaid-sport-shirt/3858212 John Varvatos Star USA - Slim Fit Short Sleeve Plaid Sport Shirt
John Varvatos Star USA - Slim Fit Short Sleeve Plaid Sport Shirt
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John Varvatos Star USA - Slim Fit Short Sleeve Plaid Sport Shirt
Slim Fit Short Sleeve Plaid Sport Shirt
John Varvatos Star USA
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The key to a short sleeve sport shirt, so it doesn’t take on a dated quality, is ensuring a good fit. The contemporary fit of this John Varvatos Star USA shirt is the perfect pairing to the stylish indigo plaid to give you an updated look with jeans or shorts. It’s trim, but not tight, which is what you want – we even like that it doesn’t have any chest pockets to keep it sleek. Add stylish sneakers or canvas slip-on shoes to complete the outfit.
http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Men/Mens_New_Products/Sweatshirts_Sweaters/PRD_TD410209/Treviso+Sunwashed+Cardigan.jsp Tommy Bahama - Treviso Sunwashed Cardigan
Tommy Bahama - Treviso Sunwashed Cardigan
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Tommy Bahama - Treviso Sunwashed Cardigan
Treviso Sunwashed Cardigan
Tommy Bahama
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For a relaxed weekend day, Tommy Bahama always delivers, and this striped cotton cardigan is something special. It has an almost retro appeal, and you’re sure to wear it for seasons to come in its ageless appeal. The combination of the mesh stitch, washed colors, and uneven stripe is compiled for a simply awesome easy-fitting sweater to wear over a white or heather blue t-shirt and jeans, shorts, or cotton twill pants.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/NewArrivals/sweaters/PRDOVR~C1075/C1075.jsp J.Crew - Faded Striped Cotton Sweater
J.Crew - Faded Striped Cotton Sweater
Stripes are always a surefire way for a gent to bring some pattern into his look. And J.Crew takes an interesting approach (and we mean that in the best way) by creating those stripes and color blocks with different stitch work in various shades of indigo blue. The result is a sporty cotton sweater in a modern fit that can be dressed up or down, and looks great on gents of various builds. The sweater has an athletic influence with solid sleeves that mix with the color block pattern of the body. We like it with a white or heather grey t-shirt underneath to show off the great color. If you’re worried about what bottoms to wear, jeans in any wash look great – they really pick up the blues in the sweater. But you can wear twill pants or shorts in any shade from neutral to pops of summer color, since this sweater does have a denim “go-with-everything” feel to it.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/%27leeman-print-w%27-slim-fit%2C-stretch-cotton-pants/hbna50281150.html BOSS Green - Leeman Print Stretch Cotton Pants
BOSS Green - Leeman Print Stretch Cotton Pants
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BOSS Green - Leeman Print Stretch Cotton Pants
Leeman Print Stretch Cotton Pants
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Yes, we’re going there. Gents wear clothes on the golf course that they may not wear elsewhere – it’s a place to have some preppy finesse. And Hugo Boss’ contemporary fitting BOSS Green sports line delivers with some seriously good-looking fashion fun for the golf course. The deep colors of this floral print have a richness of color – and a slight sheen to the cotton fabric with a touch of stretch for comfort – that give these pants a clearly distinctive look. They are so sophisticated, you’ll wear them with a white, dark navy or black polo…and complete confidence. Let’s hope your game holds up as well as these pants will.
http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Men/Mens_New_Products/PRD_TR310549/Lahaina+Cruiser+Camp+Shirt.jsp Tommy Bahama - Lahaina Cruiser Camp Shirt
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Tommy Bahama -  Lahaina Cruiser Camp Shirt
Lahaina Cruiser Camp Shirt
Tommy Bahama
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A camp shirt with a fun print is an easy weekend solution. The diamond and pineapple printed cotton is Tommy Bahama at its best - providing a touch of “campy” fun, with a whole lot of relaxing comfort, ideal for a weekend by the lake or beach. Wear it with your neutral cotton shorts, dark wash jeans, or drawstring linen pants. Sneakers, sandals or boat shoes complete the look.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/%27paddy-mk%27-modern-fit%2C-moisture-manager-stretch-cotton-blend-polo-shirt-/hbna50284701.html BOSS Green - Paddy MK Moisture Manager Stretch Cotton Blend Polo
BOSS Green - Paddy MK Moisture Manager Stretch Cotton Blend Polo
Pattern plays into all the athletic influences in our wardrobes these days. And as we touched on with the floral pants above, Hugo Boss’ BOSS Green line does it in style. This contemporary fit polo epitomizes the new look of a golf shirt. The fabric is a cotton/polyester/Elastane® blend that wicks away moisture to keep you comfortable on the course, while the color block panel insets and stripe tipping on the collar will have you looking sharp. We don’t guarantee it will improve your score but we can tell you it will improve your look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tommy-bahama-copolla-check-flat-front-linen-blend-shorts/3924654 Tommy Bahama - Copolla Check Flat Front Linen Blend Shorts
Tommy Bahama - Copolla Check Flat Front Linen Blend Shorts
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Tommy Bahama - Copolla Check Flat Front Linen Blend Shorts
Plaid pants can be super tricky, but plaid shorts? Well, they are just right for the weekends. Tommy Bahama’s blend of linen and Tencel® gives this easy fitting pair a rich texture and comfortably soft hand. The longer length is modern looking, with the comeback of the Bermuda short in fashion. The coral shade goes well with solid white, blue and tan polos and t-shirts and there’s an equally good-looking blue version through the ‘shop it’ button, as well. These are the perfect shorts for the golf course and a backyard party.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/blu-kicks-canvas-slip-on-men/3808568 Blu Kicks - Canvas Slip-On
Blu Kicks - Canvas Slip-On
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Blu Kicks - Canvas Slip-On
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Blu Kicks
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Summer is definitely the time to add some pop to your casual shoe picks. The stripe pattern of these Blu Kicks canvas slip-ons looks great with jeans, shorts and swim trunks. It’s just enough interest to make a statement, while not being bold or over-the-top. It has a removable insole for added comfort and a rubber, anti-slip boating sole. In addition to a great price for a well-made sneaker that can be machine washed (yes!), $1 for every pair sold goes to organizations that raise awareness of endangered environments and habitats. Pretty good for some great style.
 

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