Summer is officially here, and the heat is too much for us to handle in regular attire; enter the loud, fun, laid-back and often obnoxious patterned shirt. It’s the one time of year we can get away with throwing these on, so why not get involved and pick some up for use this summer. Above, some of the CULTED team are spotted in patterned shirts perfect for summer – scroll on to see some of our favorite options for all budgets, from the likes of staple brands Stüssy, Universal Works and Comme Des Garcons, as well as newcomers like MONÉ Monte Carlo.
MONÉ MONTE CARLO LA CHEMISE SHIRTS, $220 / £159.50
Moné Monte Carlo, arriving straight from Monaco in style with light, flowing garmenture adorned with beautiful graphics, is the hot boy on the block for summer ‘22. Right now, three shirts are on offer, each featuring eclectic color mixes and prints above and beyond the industry standard; the “Grand Prix 1934” shirt is spotted above in the London sun, and the “Menton” and “Plein Soleil” shirts are equally beautiful – do shirts get better than this?
STÜSSY DICE PAINTING SHIRT, $180 / £135
Stüssy caters to the fashion-forward crowd year-round, never slowing down in the creation of laid-back, loud classics like this Dice Painting shirt fit for nights out on holiday and big casino wins.
AAPE LOGO SHIRT, $136 / £105
Aape’s take on the scenic art shirt sees a cloudy sky graphic – complete with ape faces and “Aape” as clouds – across the shoulders, with a skate park full of skating monkeys, all pulled together by subtle branding on the chest pocket.
CHINATOWN MARKET X GD SHORT SLEEVE BORDER BANDANA SHIRT, $140 / £109
Bandana print – typically reserved for the likes of Japanese powerhouses Neighborhood, Kapital and Visvim – is here modified by Chinatown Market (new name pending) in an official collaboration with the legendary Grateful Dead. Featuring striking, contrasting colors and dystopian imagery depicting skulls, roses (with eyes at the center?) and thorns, this is perhaps the boldest shirt on this list, which isn’t at all a bad thing.
STÜSSY HAND DRAWN HOUNDSTOOTH SHIRT, $165 / £119
Stüssy gives new life to the heritage houndstooth pattern by giving it the “hand drawn” treatment. From a distance, we see a regular recurring print, but on closer inspection it’s apparent that the motif is far more intricate, and arrives as a cartoonish, playful take on a classic pattern.
WACKO MARIA JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT TYPE 3 HAWAIIAN SHIRT, $580 / £425
Wacko Maria’s celebration of Jean-Michel Basquiat comes by way of four patterned Hawaiian shirts, with our pick of the bunch being the “Type 3” for its bright blue and orange contrast and overall chaotic feel – for an art fan, or a divisive dresser as a whole, this is the ideal shirt.
COMME DES GARCONS BLACK LEOPARD PRINT SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT, $300 / £225
Coming bright, loud and in-your-face, this leopard print number from CDG Black is adorned with animal print on the front side, while the rest of the shirt remains a solid orange. A tricky wear for some, but any CULTED reader will pull this off with ease.
UNIVERSAL WORKS DONUTS DOUBLE IKAT ROAD SHIRT, $185 / £135
All of Universal Works’ understated, simplistic and mature design sensibilities are on show here, all while delivering a playful, fun option for summer days dressing up. The toned-down color palette allows for an easy wear, ideal for summer days where it’s just too hot to put any effort into styling.
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