Summer is definitely not cancelled and with that it’s time to inject some Summer Prints into our summer style capsule collection. The Cuban Collar shirt has become a must have and with a wide range to pick from the “ugly summer print shirt” that your grandad or dad used to wear on those family holiday has quickly risen up the ranks to a become staple wardrobe piece. Prints can very be daunting to wear as we have all seen how very wrong it can go, yes I am looking at you guys with those long sleeved tiny floral print shirts! However when done right, with the right style and cut you are on to a sure winner here.
From the typical hawaiian print, to floral prints, even citrus fruits prints, to cult classic movie characters like Frankenstein’s Monster you are spoilt for choice on which print to pick.
I personally own about 15 Cuban collar shirts from the “ugly hawaiian print”, to leopard print, to floral prints and stripes I have it all and each serves a purpose be it for a casual, tailoring or a bold look. However finding one that’s versatile for both casual and a smart look is a feat in it’s own right. You want something that’s loud but not to loud, you want it to be versatile and easy to pair with most pieces in your wardrobe.
French Connection have no shortage of versatile prints in their new SS20 collection. With the prints being inspired by the Japanese flora and fauna I picked these two shirts and decided to style them with a light blue Linen Suit as my second staple piece.
The first look being a perfect elegant option for a summer wedding where it’s warm and you want to opt out of wearing the typical suit and tie look. The Linen Suit paired with the Cuban collar gives the look an edge and a level of suave-ness that will have the guests even looking at you with admiration for the Out of the Box thinking in your Style. Paired with some lace up Derby shoes it’s elevates the look to a smarter and elegant style.
The second look can be styled with your favourite denim, chinos, or shorts for your next weekend barbecue or day trip to a seaside restaurant or rooftop bar. Simple, casual and yet still stylish. The more brighter floral print is perfect for those summer sunny days whenever we do get them. A pair of sneakers and the linen trousers from the suit work well with this look for an effortless style that will bring a smile to your face and a confidence boost because you have just nailed the intricate art of wearing the Cuban Collar Shirt.
I can keep on going on why you need to get a Cuban collar print shirt or you can just get one for yourself and start experimenting with it. Trust me you will never have more fun experimenting with prints than this! It will elevate your Summer Style to a whole new level of suave-ness.
Full Look ~ French Connection
Video ~ Drew Studios
Images ~ Daragh O’Neill