Pattern Recognition: The Best (Non-Floral) Men’s Printed Shirts Right Now

Patterned, short-sleeved shirts are popping up at every store and shopping site this spring. They provide a bold alternative to a classic summer polo, but, let’s face it, not all of us are ready to be so bold as to wear the flower-power motifs that are the most popular.

Our advice? Keep the Hawaiian shirts for the backyard barbecue and focus on something neater and cleaner (and non-floral) that can keep you cool in the office and at that after-work rooftop bar. These men’s printed shirts will pair nicely with crisp summer whites, black linen trousers, navy chinos, or blue jeans for a simple, “no jacket required” look.

TwentyMetricTons Circle Geo Shirt – $95
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Designed in Huntington Beach, Calif.— so you know it has a chill vibe—TwentyMetricTons makes a point of using premium, proprietary fabrics in unexpected ways. Here the Circle Geo pattern evokes planetary orbits, but the navy color keeps it grounded.

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Michael Bastian Gray Nautical Shirt – $128
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Michael Bastian’s new Gray collection has an American spin, but with a good dose of European attitude. This nautical print shirt will become a classic in your summer wardrobe.

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Cubavera Novelty Embroidered Panel Shirt – $68
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Cubavera is known for its Latin heritage. This shirt achieves a subtle, tonal pattern with embroidered designs, evocative of the classic guayabera, the official formal dress garment of Cuba with a storied history. Wear it to work, then buy everyone a round of mojitos at happy hour.

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Kenneth Cole Pineapple Shirt – $39
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If you’re gonna go tropical, then let’s do it tastefully. Here, Kenneth Cole deftly renders a pineapple pattern as neatly as a polka dot. The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality, so you’ll be a welcoming sight all summer long.

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Perry Ellis Multi Color Stripe Shirt – $70
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Ratcheting up the color a bit, this choice from Perry Ellis offers an architectural take on a classic stripe pattern. It’s got a summer in the city look, perfect for dinner at a favorite sidewalk café or a night out pretending you’re in Blade Runner.

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Theory Abstract Print Shirt – $185
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Was it pulled from the walls of the MoMA or did Theory figure out the real secret to the tesseract? Either way, this shirt makes an audacious statement, all while maintaining a cool sense of propriety.

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Scotch and Soda Combined Print Shirt – $98
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So if you must do the floral thing, let’s do it like this: Scotch & Soda’s tonal floral pattern keeps the blossoms to a minimum in a neat repeat that relies on pocket and cuff details for contrast.

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For other summer fashion trends and styles, check out our video of helpful of suggestions.