Foolproof ways to wear printed shirts

Foolproof ways to wear printed shirts

Foolproof ways to wear printed shirts. For years, printed shirts have been accused of being too loud, too obnoxious and too attention seeking.

But fortune favours the bold.

Picking the right shirt and wearing it correctly and you’ll be giving your style icons a run for their money.

You get it wrong, however, and it’s very easy to look cringy.

Here are our foolproof ways of wearing a printed shirt.

Dark Denim

A printed shirt worn with denim can either go right, or horribly wrong.

Printed shirts are an integral part of an autumn/winter wardrobe, with darker and intricate patterns making them appropriate for the colder months. Pair a printed shirt with dark denim and biker jacket for a classic rock ‘n’ roll style that feels understated.

It’s important to think of the fit of your shirt as well as the print. Going for a cut that sits miles from the body is an unforgivable. fashion sin. In almost all instance, go for a slim-fit and long sleeve.

Light Denim

Wearing light denim and a printed shirt does sound a bit mid-2000 smart-casual dad. But it is entirely possible to wear the heck out of it.

Assuming you’re not wearing it open, wear the shirt tucked or buttoned close to the neck.

It’s not just a matter of styling your shirt right. The cut and colour of your jeans can make or break your outfit.

Go for a preppy look that isn’t too ‘boyband’. Make sure blue denim isn’t overly pale or tight for a modern look. But don’t restrict yourself to light blue denim. Stone and off-white colours form the perfect neutral base for your printed shirt.


A printed shirt under a suit can bring in a sense of modernity and individuality. But the key to getting the printed shirt and suit combo right is balance. Keep prints interesting and detailed, bigger prints can sometimes get lost in a suit or ruin the line of the suit.


If you’re a man who shudders at the thought of a printed shirt, we get it. Even under a knit, pulling one off can be tricky.

To do this look the grown-up way and not look like a children’s TV presenter, consider the occasion. For something more formal, keep your shirt pattern simple and pared-back with similar tones to the rest of your outfit.

Use different types of knitwear to adjust how much of your shirt is on show. A crew neck will give maximum coverage but a v neck allows you to experiment with your style skills.


If you’re looking to serve up that lads-night out outfit, do away with your jeans and grab your chinos. This will give your look a tailored feel without going full throttle.

Pairing a printed shirt with chinos will update a classic smart-casual look. A printed shirt can be used to add a pop of color to your outfit if teamed with navy or stone chinos.

This outfit is incredibly versatile. Tuck the shirt in for a more formal finish or leave it untucked for a more casual look.

Here at we always promote fashion sustainability. Where possible, please exchange your clothing with others to increase their longevity which ensures they do not go towards landfill which is bad for the environment.

Always check out how and where your clothes, beauty products and accessories are made before purchase to ensure they are not only ethically produced but environmentally friendly.

We can all play our part and make the difference to working towards a better and cleaner fashion environment here in Ireland.

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