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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you Ian Michael Crumm, our resident men's fashion expert, here to share style pointers and tips for tackling the latest trends in menswear. Straighten those neckerchiefs—Ian is on the go!
Image credit: Urban Outfitters
Dear guys who need more prints in their life (that's all of you),
You may be confused about how to take on the growing trend of print and pattern mixing. After all, it's a little intimidating to think about wearing polka dots and stripes at the same time—no one wants to walk about looking like they got dressed in the dark! But fear not: I have a few tips for how you can work prints on prints the right way.
Pants, $75; Shirt, $395; Blazer, $99.90
Suit separates hold a soft spot in my heart. I suggest you pair the two-tone blazer from Walnut Street's Zara with J.Crew's cobalt lightweight chinos. Combine those with the Comme des Garcons shirt from Joan Shepp—the blue print works in harmony with the blue in the pants. The completed look is sharp and bold, with the neutral pattern on the blazer giving just enough to kick this look into high gear.
Tee, $39.50; Shorts, $54
Polka dots may be intimidating to some, but they are the perfect pattern for the more conservative man. Check out how Urban Outfitters embraces the polka dot pattern in the CPO Provisions shorts. The distorted pattern is just right, and will complement many spring and summer wardrobes. For print-play, rock the shorts with Kenneth Cole's ombre and striped t-shirt, and you'll be turning heads for all the right reasons.
Bow Tie, $39; Pocket Square, $39.50; Belt, $125; Socks, $28
While I'm playing favorites with polka dots, let's take a look at bow ties and pocket squares—namely the dotted bow tie from Guess and J.Z. Richards' polka dot pocket square from Nordstrom. They can both be used to add style to an evening look, and here's a tip: A pocket square is a perfect accessory for use with or without a tie. Also check out the Western-inspired belt from Ralph Lauren and Emilio Cavallini's side arrow socks from Joan Shepp. Mix and match these items into your existing outfits for added pop!
Whether you're mixing prints or using accessories to add style to your wardrobe, don't be afraid to experiment. Have personal style tips to share? Tell me in the comments!