Paisley for men: your new winter print staple

Men’s florals aren’t uncommon but they are the domain of casual wear. Summer 2013′s fashion was heavy in floral prints for guys – you could buy the look in everything from bomber jackets to garish suits.

For winter though, florals for men are mostly a thing of fashion past. Paisley is your winter 2013 fashion print staple for men.

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Not just your father’s paisleys.

At the peak of its popularities paisley was bold. In the Victorian era it was exotic, in the 60s it was phsychadelic, and in the 80s it was reminiscent. But paisleys in the here and now don’t have to be so visually dominant, anything but. This winter, paisley print is strongest when it’s subtlest.

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Saint Laurent paisley-print cotton shirt at Matches.

Saint Laurent’s winter 2013 collection for men has perfected the subtle take on the trend in the guise of their mini-paisley print shirt.

The stronger looks.

Subtle paisley may be the standout of the season, but the traditional interpretation naturally remains on-trend as well. You’ll find these bolder paisley prints interpreted in three distinct styles;

There’s the modern pattern from the likes of Diesel and Dries van Noten, where the paisley isn’t as embellished or as luxurious as you imagine them to be. While Diesel’s is a two-colour take on paisley, van Noten’s defines this category with a version that has feels like the reverse side of a woven carpet.

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Paisley on the runway at Dries Van Noten and Diesel Black Gold.

It’s not all so modern at van Noten where paisley also gets bolder and bigger as it verges towards wholly traditional.

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Paisley prints for men at Dries Van Noten, F/W ’13.

That traditional look is used heavily by Perry Ellis, while Dsquared2 used the sexualised interpretation of paisley also common at the house of Tom Ford.

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Paisley prints at Perry Ellis and DSquared2.

The boldest interpretation however, comes from Versace’s fall collection. Sitting as part of 2013’s brushstrokes print trend, Versace’s take on this winter’s paisley is one of hand drawn checks and floral motifs.

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Paisley art prints at Versace, F/W ’13.

Don’t forget the accessories.

New school or old school, paisley doesn’t have to be about jumpers and jackets. When it comes to men’s fashion, accessories often reign supreme.

As we touched on in our guide to what to wear on a date, men’s paisley is an always-strong print when it comes to ties. This season look for two-tone paisley ties from the likes of J.Crew, or stick to more traditional paisley colours and pick your ties up from the likes of Ralph Lauren or Charvet.

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Charvet paisley woven silk tie at Mr Porter; J.Crew paisley chambray tie at Mr Porter.

In a similar vein, don’t overlook the humble pocket square as the perfect place to add a paisley infusion. And certainly don’t forget to wear your paisley pocket square with this season’s waistcoat look.

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Drake’s pocket square Mr Porter.

Equally, just as it is with men’s camo print this season, look for paisleys prints used across less obvious pieces such as shoes. Etro, unrepentant lovers of paisley that they are, have offered up these paisley slippers for winter 2013.

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Paisley print men’s slippers at Etro, F/W ’13.

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