Real Men Wear Prints

Print For YouToronto, April 23, 2012 – You’re that daring fashion forward kind of guy. You’ve been dazzling them with your coloured trousers, your gingham and plaid dress shirts, have even sported those funky socks on occasion. Is it even possible to kick it up a notch further? If you’ve paid attention to any of the menswear spring/summer 2012 collections coming out of Milan, Paris, London, and New York – then the simple answer to that question is yes.

The It’s All Style To Me Spring/Summer 2012 Essentials post presents you with a comprehensive list of some of the hottest runway trends this season. We post our trend reports long before any major mainstream fashion publication to give our readers the jump on what’s new. One of the major trends for this season is clearly bold prints for men. Caricatures, florals, landscapes, fruits and vegetables, exotic tribal and animal prints are found in everything from dress shirts, shorts, trousers, t-shirts, swim trunks, suits, and all kinds of men’s accessories for SS12.

Look for charming little cartoon characters and florals from Prada’s golf-inspired pieces. Givenchy’s bold oversized bird-of-paradise floral prints dominate their SS12 collection, while Marlon Gobel introduces some very colourful and wearable fruit and veggie-print dress shirts. D&G brings back Versace of the late 1980’s in their foulard-print shirts, jackets and trousers. Etro’s Indian paisley prints are bigger and better than ever rivalled only by Burberry Prorsum’s geometric knits and ikat prints. Jean-Paul Gaultier throws scenic west coast sunsets and Hawaiian florals into his two-piece suits and Vivienne Westwood pays homage to the Olympics in some of her pieces. Even this year’s H&M capsule collections by Versace and Marni played heavy on men’s prints.

While gingham and plaid works on everyone, prints are admittedly a little tougher to pull off. Select one printed item for your outfit and keep the rest simple. The conservative side of the spectrum will have you opting for a printed bag, hat, underwear, swim trunks, or t-shirt. The wilder side means making an impression with a daring printed suit or if you really want to go all out – there’s always Versace.


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