The 5 Best Bold Prints for the Summer

The easiest way to make a
statement this season

Written by Meghan Salgado

With better weather comes
bolder looks. While the fall and winter are great for breaking out your more
classic styles, summer is all about experimenting. When you aren’t wearing
multiple layers, you need to be able to make a statement with just a few key
pieces — and that’s where bold print comes in.
We’ve laid out a few of our
favorites and also how to incorporate them into your current wardrobe.

Vertical Stripes

                     Bold Vertical Stripes

No, wearing a pinstripe
button-down doesn’t count as a bold print. The classic vertical stripe has a
whole new life this summer with a scaled-up width. The larger stripes have a
geometric effect that instantly makes a bold statement.
Try a dual-striped style in an
unexpected colorway or a tri-striped style with differing scales. Both will add
a little more visual interest.
Since this style is so
classic, it can be a less intimidating way to get into going bold. If your
style leans towards the preppy, there isn’t an easier pattern to add. We
recommend trying it on a pair of shorts or swim trunks.
Paint Splashes
                     Bold Paint Splashes

If you want something with a
little extra edge this summer, reach for a splattered print. The smaller the
splatters, the more it looks like a fun polka dot. The paint-splashed pattern
has an intrinsically messy and artistic look. This will add some instant
street-style to your getup. Even if that isn’t your usual style, keeping the
color palette simple makes it easy to adopt.
This pattern can be a little
bit more difficult to find, but it also hasn’t been overdone. Keep your eyes
peeled for pieces in this off-beat style.
Tonal Tie-Dye

                                             Bold with Tonal Tie Dye
This isn’t anything like the
tie-dye you used to make at camp. For a relaxed and retro addition to your
summer wardrobe, seek out pieces in tonal tie-dyes. This saturated print has an
instantly worn look. It will look like you pulled it straight from a thrift
Even though this style is a
little more laid back than it’s brighter counterparts, the overdyed effect adds
depth to whatever piece you’re wearing.
Tropical print

                            Bold Tropical Print
With how pervasive this print
has become, we couldn’t possibly write about bold prints for summer without
including the classic Hawaiian print.
Revamped button-downs can be
found by the rack in nearly every menswear store — you’re bound to find
something that works for your style.
Try a monochrome palm frond
for something that’s bold but not too bold or an embroidered print for
something tropical with a bit of texture. If you dare to wear a traditional
Hawaiian print, make sure to keep the rest of your getup clean and simple.

Being Bold with Patchwork
For the truly bold among us,
patchwork pieces take multiple prints and put them into one garment. In this
case, someone with good taste (hopefully) has done the work of pattern
matching, so all you have to do is put it on.
This style definitely isn’t
for the faint of heart. Look for patchwork pieces that use a similar color
scheme as a uniting factor if you aren’t exactly confident in discerning if the
prints work together or not.

Match them with neutrals

                     Matching Bold with Neutrals
Since the focus should be on
the bold print you’ve chosen, we suggest mostly solids for the other pieces of
your getup. If you opt for a style with more reserved colors like black, white
or navy, matching that more conservative palette is an easy way to look put
together without looking boring.
Crisp white pieces, like your
favorite short-sleeve button-down or a new pair of canvas sneakers, will match
the bright tones of the summer without clashing with the color of the prints.
Choose a common thread

Bold Common Thread
When you’re working with
colorful pieces, look for a tertiary color in that pattern that’s easy to
match. Whether that’s a navy or another easy-to-match tone, choose something
that won’t make your outfit difficult to look at. Steer clear of anything
that’ll come off as too bright.
Pastels are perfect for summer
and add color without appearing overwhelming.
Incorporate with accessories

Bold Accessories
If you want to try out bold
prints without going all in with a garment that will attract a ton of attention,
look for smaller accessories that carry the same prints we mentioned above.
Some easy-to-find options include socks, hat, or anything else you wear on the
daily. You can try out the trend without making the same kind of investment.

You have the whole year to
stick to the basics you know and love — let summer be the time of the year you
go bold. Whether it’s a button-down or a pair of swim trunks, spend the season
in something unexpected.
Put your usual style of
vacation-mode and prep for all the compliments that are coming your way.
Meghan Salgado

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.