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GO GRAPHIC

While the warmer months often mean more colourful clothes, bright shades aren’t for everyone. The alternative? Strip the colour
right back and play with bold patterns and prints to stay smart and cool, says menswear editor Ian Wright

 

TAILORING PATTERNS

From bold checks to subtle dogtooth patterns, suiting takes on a dashing new dimension for summer. A sharp option in and out of the office

 

GREYED OUT
Cool top-to-toe dove grey is an accessible way
to wear the look

TEXTURE TRICKS
Bring a clean checked suit to life with high-shine sneakers and a light knit

Step up your look with these
soft leather trainers
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FLAIR OF THE DOG
Fine dogtooth patterns look subtle from afar but have impact up close

COOL CONTRASTS

Feeling brave? Chunky graphic prints and 3-D textures take everyday shapes to another level. Match up complementary colours and you won’t go wrong

ROCK THE BLOCK
The geometric cube pattern of this knitted polo is a
bold statement in both smart and casual settings

CABLE GUY
Strong 3-D cable knits work particularly well when contrasted with smooth flat-front chinos

Focus on finishing touches with
these retro-inspired shades
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PALE AND INTERESTING
Cream and white tones look suitably summery, while the pattern avoids any deck-hand connotations

PIN-SHARP PRINTS

Pattern doesn’t have to be supersized to be interesting – micro-prints bring a subtle spark to subdued tones. Look to tailored pieces to keep your look spot on, even if you’re by the pool

 

ALL SQUARE
The fine, smooth cotton and precise pointed collar
show off this simple cube print at its best

Photography: Ben Harries / Styling: Olie Arnold / Grooming: Carolyn O’Neill
Model: Edward Wilding at Storm

ROLL CALL
A rolled sleeve ensures this checked shirt works with more casual pieces – even swimwear

Top it off with this cream cotton
hat with a patterned band
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MAKE A SPLASH

Tailored swimming shorts are a key style for summer – the suiting-inspired dogtooth pattern gives this David Gandy for Autograph pair a smart feel