Cruise Through the Rest of Summer in These Billowy Patterned Shirts

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How many is too many?

Ivy Tang

Date August 9, 2021

Fashion trends come and go, but there are some items that never seem to go out of style. Enter: patterned shirts. They have been around for decades and don’t seem like they’ll be going anywhere anytime soon. But we’re not talking about the tailored, long-sleeve dress shirts you might see in an office setting. These relaxed-fitting, often short-sleeve button-ups are a little bit Hawaiian, have major vintage cabana wear vibes, and are all-around perfect for summer temps. The versatility and timelessness of a cool printed shirt are what make it a wardrobe staple — you can wear patterned shirts with baggy denim or sporty shorts for a casual outing or pair them with leather trousers to dress them up. From Copenhagen and Milan to the streets of London, everyone seems to have gotten the memo about this effortless summer outfit recipe.

The best part about patterned shirts is that they come in an endless variety of fun prints, from geometric designs and stripes to tie dye and resort-ready motifs. Here, we rounded up some of our favourite patterned shirts on the market now so you can join the crew, too.


Dries Van Noten

Short-Sleeved Printed Shirt

($657, Mytheresa)



Edgar Print Shirt Lt. Yellow Mix

($253, Holzweiler)


Alexander McQueen

Camp-Collar Printed Cotton Shirt

($858, Mr. Porter)



Graphic-Print Short-Sleeve Shirt

($720, Farfetch)



Retro Velour Shirt

($1,050, Amiri)



Silk Shirt with Valentino Foulard Archive Print

($1,750, Valentino)



Fortune Floral Print Button Front Shirt

($79, Nordstrom)

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