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July 31, 2014

Pattern & Floral: Stylish Casual Dressing, Hold the Lei

Ah, this is where we can have a little fun. Whether you’re heading out for a day at the ballpark or a casual lunch with the family, step up your game with a bit of pattern. There are lots of ways to do it that don’t require a Hawaiian shirt, we promise. Try a pair of floral swim trunks, or a printed pair of shorts. And yes, we have found some cool shirts with modern patterns that are guaranteed wins…hold the lei.
If you missed out on how to wear patterns for work and after 5, be sure to check them out in our Fashion Finds. And tell us what you think in the comments below or on social media. See you next week.
http://www.eastdane.com/short-sleeve-classic-fit-dot/vp/v=1/1565042012.htm
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Paul Smith Jeans - Short Sleeve Classic Fit Dot Shirt
Short Sleeve Classic Fit Dot Shirt
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Paul Smith is known for pattern, and we think this dotted shirt is “spot on”. The ground is a dapper charcoal grey, which completely brings down the kitsch of the random dots. It makes it masculine and perfect to pair with jeans or chinos for a casual night out.
http://www.bonobos.com/blue-damask-print-short-sleeve-chambray-shirt-for-men Bonobos - Fall River Short Sleeve Shirt
Bonobos - Fall River Short Sleeve Shirt

When Bonobos took a bold floral like this one, and grounded it on a  chambray fabric, they gave it just the manly edge that we require. Its great with stone, tan and khaki shorts – and, of course, jeans.  (Tip: keep your jeans to a darker wash with this shirt – the contrast of the denims look great. You don’t want to seem like you’re out in your pajamas.)


http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Men/Shirts/Island_Modern_Fit_Shirts/PRD_T37140/Island+Modern+Fit+Too+Cool+for+School+Camp+Shirt.jsp Tommy Bahama - Island Modern Fit Too Cool for School Camp Shirt
Tommy Bahama - Island Modern Fit Too Cool for School Camp Shirt
Some of the best prints are neutrals.  We like this short sleeve silk/cotton blend from Tommy Bahama.  The contemporary fitting shirt’s soft neutral colors make it a perfect companion with almost any solid color shorts or pair of pants.  Because of its versatility, this is a great vacation shirt.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shortsswim/stantonshorts/PRD~A5951/A5951.jsp J. Crew - 7" Stanton Shorts
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Shorts are a great vehicle for summer-themed prints.  This washed cotton island print from J.Crew is great for backyard parties and trips to the shore.  Wear it with a dark navy or white t-shirt or polo.
http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Men/Shorts/Patterned_Shorts/PRD_TD87046/Mission+Madras+95+Shorts.jsp Tommy Bahama - Mission Madras 9.5" Shorts
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Tommy Bahama - Mission Madras 9.5
Mission Madras 9.5" Shorts
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Madras is always a great summer fabric for the weekends.  This patchwork version from Tommy Bahama makes it just a little more interesting and versatile in its rich blue color.  Wear with your favorite solid white, off white, light blue or deep navy polo or T-shirt.
http://www.eastdane.com/geometric-classic-collegiate-shirt-steven/vp/v=1/1525841709.htm Steven Alan - Geometric Sport Shirt
Steven Alan - Geometric Sport Shirt
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Steven Alan - Geometric Sport Shirt
Geometric Sport Shirt
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This geometric tile pattern from Steven Alan is truly awesome. The pattern is distinct, yet subtle (sure, that’s possible). The fabric and pattern give it almost a distressed quality and the shirt’s weight is seasonless, so you can wear this for a casual night now and through the fall. Pair it with darker jeans , with some distressing, for that effortlessly cool look.

http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Men/Sweatshirts/PRD_TR27698/Baja+Moment+Poncho+Sweatshirt.jsp Tommy Bahama - Baja Moment Poncho Sweatshirt
Tommy Bahama - Baja Moment Poncho Sweatshirt
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Tommy Bahama - Baja Moment Poncho Sweatshirt
Baja Moment Poncho Sweatshirt
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The last days of summer certainly call for this hoodie from Tommy Bahama.  The yarn dyed French terry fabric is soft and just right for color evenings or early morning walks.  The colors work great with medium to dark wash jeans and khaki, tan, stone and grey shorts, or twill pants. Versatile enough for you?

http://www.us.allsaints.com/men/swimwear/allsaints-brush-swim-trunk/ AllSaints - Brush Swim Trunks
AllSaints - Brush Swim Trunks
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AllSaints - Brush Swim Trunks
Brush Swim Trunks
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There is still time to hit the beach. Do it in this pair of AllSaints swim trunks in a sophisticated print.  The fit is contemporary and the length is a modern - not too long and not too short.  Wear with a simple white t-shirt and you are set.


http://www.zappos.com/vans-authentic-washed-stars-blue Vans - Authentic Sneakers
Vans - Authentic Sneakers
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Authentic Sneakers
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Prints work on sneakers, too.  It doesn’t have to be 4th of July to sport these star print sneakers from Vans.  In fact, we prefer that it’s not – it removes the “theme” factor and just leaves us with confident style. They are perfect with shorts, jeans or anything casual.  They’re even great for the beach.



http://www.vineyardvines.com/accessories-belts/canvas-patchwork-belt/4ABB010,default,pd.html VIneyard Vines - Canvas Patchwork D-ring Belt
VIneyard Vines - Canvas Patchwork D-ring Belt
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VIneyard Vines - Canvas Patchwork D-ring Belt
Canvas Patchwork D-ring Belt
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Belts for shorts can be a challenge for guys. First, please leave your dress belt in the closet.  Second, look for something that is fun and adds color.  We like this D-ring patchwork print pattern from Vineyard Vines.  Yes, it is preppy but that is what we like about it. The colors and D-ring style is fun and looks good with your solid shorts and solid polo’s and t-shirts.

 

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