Incorporating prints in workwear can be incredibly tricky for men. Little wonder they are often limited to Fridays and weekend. But the right prints can effortlessly make a difference. Classic patterns upgrade the look while communicating power and confidence more than any trend-led ensemble. Here’s our list of some impeccable and stylish prints as the antidote to your sartorial dismay.
Start building your workwear collection with these. Pinstripes are minimal and yet, in an unusual colour, stands out in the sea of old blues and whites. A navy pinstriped suit or a striped shirt paired with a rep tie is ideal for conservative business occasions.
Shop (left-right): Juun.J pinstriped double breasted blazer; Loveless striped shirt
Give the solids a rest—windowpane checks can breathe life into a mundane look. A windowpane shirt can be easily transitioned for after office hours. If you’re wearing the grid-locked suit for a business meeting, team your three-piece suit with a patterned tie coordinated with the shade of the checks.
Shop: Ermenegildo Zegna Windowpane Suit; Etro Checked Shirt
A glen plaid or glen check suit is a workwear classic. For an impactful look, pair plaids with a thick striped tie matching the pattern’s dominant hue. Glen plaid accented with grey or dark khaki is a genius combo and great choice for meeting with foreign liaisons owing to its international popularity.
Shop: Eleventy Plaid Shirt; Paul Smith Plaid Blazer
Working in an informal or creative environment gives you room to play with fun patterns. A colour blocked patterned shirt paired with comfy chinos makes for an effortless, laidback look. Avoid going overboard—let one pattern be the hero and balance the rest with solids to anchor the lively look.
Shop: Opening Ceremony Colour Block Shirt: Wooster + Lardini Colour Block Shirt
A couple of lightly textured microprint shirts complete your workwear wardrobe. Easy to style for casual Friday and Saturday looks, these miniscule sized prints make a statement without trying too hard. Pair with slim fit trousers, loafers, and a big dial watch.
Shop: Kenzo Cactus Print Shirt; Michael Kors Printed Linen Shirt