Six ways to wear a printed shirt

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Pondering how to pull off the shirt of the season? Let The Jackal walk you through it

Printed shirts were everywhere last spring and summer, and this season they’ve take over everywhere and sent it to the moon and back. In other words, they’re big news – the perfect antidote to the endless palette of grey, navy and black that we’re subjected to throughout winter. Furthermore, they’re the perfect excuse to introduce some louche, lightweight fabrics into your wardrobe for the summer months – nothing looks as good as a silky printed shirt on a hot, sunny day. Here’s six ways to pull them off.

1. Go graphic

If a lairy Hawaiian print is about as far from your sartorial comfort zone as you can get, then panic not: a printed shirt doesn’t have to mean pineapples, palm trees and a florid colour scheme. Ease yourself into the trend with this arrow and medallion printed shirt from Mr P’s new capsule collection. Not only is the print low-key, the shirt’s cut in soft washed cotton poplin for a relaxed, lived-in feel. Wear untucked with gently tapered chinos and white sneakers – your summer weekend outfit is sorted.

£135, shop now

Printed shirt

2. Palm prints are in

Palms are a trend that just keeps on giving, and Mr Porter’s got the memo. You’ve introduced the fronds to your home, furnishings and probably even your desk, but have you thought about sporting them in shirt form? This palm printed shirt from Club Monaco is a bright (but not too bright) choice for anyone still not convinced by floral prints. Break up the eye-catching motif by wearing it open over a soft white jersey t-shirt, for a look that goes easy on the eyes.

£100, shop now 

Printed shirt

3. Stay neutral

Neutral shades in soft fabrications have summer written all over them. Up your style credentials by pairing this Commas silk-blend shirt with cream or or khaki linen shorts, for a relaxed take on this season’s tonal dressing trend. The Australian brand focuses on creating a clean aesthetic with luxe materials and muted tones, for a refined take on beach style. With a subtle palm-leaf print that’s about as far from floral as you can get, this lightweight shirt is perfect for your own beach-side adventures.

£284, shop now 

Printed shirt

4. Scale down

If your style leans more towards the low key end of the sartorial spectrum, then opt for a classic shirt with a subtle geometric print that will blend in well with the rest of your wardrobe. This cotton design from Dunhill is ideal. With an open camp collar that’s a summer essential, it ticks all the trend’s boxes without shouting too loudly about it. Best paired with relaxed tailoring and sporty sneakers for a muted style hit.

£195, shop now 

Printed shirt

5. Fade out

There is another alternative to bold, bright prints. This washed-out camp collar shirt from new brand on the block Desmond & Dempsey has a retro quality that’s bang on trend. Featuring a timeless camel and palm tree print with a distinctive‘7os vibe, this ‘Jamal’ shirt comes in a relaxed, boxy fit for easy wear when the sun comes out. Our tip? Grab one before someone else gets there first.

£79, coming soon 

Printed shirt

6. Or failing that, go large

Of course, a printed shirt edit wouldn’t be complete without something bold, brash and brightly coloured. This ocean print piece from Paul Smith certainly does the trick. With its quirky print of coral, fish and underwater flora and fauna, it’s a reimagined take on the classic Hawaiian summer shirt, with an extra dash of outré panache. Keep the rest of your outfit low key, with dark denim and simple suede loafers – rest assured, the shirt will do all of the talking.

£215, shop now