9 Patterned Shirts for a More Fun Look

Consider your button-down collection for a moment. What's in it? Certainly a bunch of white Oxfords, various blue and pink semi-spreads, and maybe a handful of gingham? Now, that's all well and good; a man needs his essentials. But the fringes of the shirt market today—when designers are braver and more experimental than ever—is so much more than a lavendar bengal stripe. By solely sticking to the basics, you're missing out on having a blast every day. So here's how to spice things up. Live a little!

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Givenchy Asymmetrical Stripe Dress Shirt

Whether it triggers vertigo or scores you a bunch of comparisons to Beetlejuice, this black-and-white, zig-zag striped shirt will pique the interests of any fashion maverick. A smock-inspired fit gives it a relaxed feel, while a silk blend fabric keeps in step with Givenchy's impeccable reputation for luxe quality. ($368; modaoperandi.com)

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Sacai Navy Pendleton Edition Corduroy Shirt

Comme des Garçons alum Chitose Abe's imprint, Sacai, has become one of the biggest cult favorites in fashion today. The Japanese brand's knack for striking patterns and unique fabrics makes for one-of-a-kind pieces that truly stand out in the crowd. Exhibit A: This Pendleton-collaborated corduroy short-sleeve, which features a Native American-inspired print complete with black canvas trim, a raw edge open spread collar, vented side-seams, and patch chest pockets. Pro tip: save this beauty for casual Friday. ($685; ssense.com)

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Beams Camp-Collar Checkerboard Lyocell-Blend Jacquard Shirt

Japanese brand Beams took cues from California ska culture with this dizzying checkerboard pattern jacquard shirt. Cut from a breezy lyocell-blend fabric, the shirt features a camp collar, chest patch pocket, and mother-of-pearl buttons. All you need now is a saxophone. And a pair of Vans. ($225; mrporter.com)

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Pink plaid button up with floral embroidery photo

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DSQUARED2 Plaid Floral Embroidered Shirt

Whatever your opinions on it, cowboy style has become a fixture across the contemporary fashion landscape as of late. This flashy Western shirt by Canadian label DSQUARED2 features floral embroidery, a multicolor plaid design, press stud buttoning, a contrast piped trim, and a curved hem. Slip on some boots and a pair of your favorite denim and you'll be ready for a fashion showdown. Get your quick draw ready. ($548; farfetch.com)

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J. Crew Checked Oxford Shirt

If you're looking to add a little more texture to your shirt range, but not quite ready to wade into full-on, capital "F" Fashion, this J. Crew number is the one for you. It features a bold burgundy and light blue checkered design and is cut slim through the body and sleeves, giving it a smart yet casual appeal—just enough to spice up your everyday look without scaring anyone off. ($63; jcrew.com)

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Stussy Velveteen Jungle Long Sleeves Shirt Floral

This corduroy long-sleeve, from streetwear mainstay Stussy, is emblazoned with a watercolor-inspired floral pattern and features two cargo flap pockets across the chest. The look is so fashion-forward that the fashion community at-large has yet to affix a name to it. So allow us: Hawaiian workwear chic. ($207; slamjamsocialism.com)

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Prada Printed Shirt

The holy grail of Italian luxury, Prada, has won over the hearts of tastemakers everywhere yet again with this striking design. One of the season's most popular items, the shirt features a drawing by illustrator Christophe Chemin of Cleopatra kissing Elvis and comes in a mystical emerald-and-violet color scheme. Trust us, if you're looking to turn heads, the beefy price tag is worth it. ($1,790; farfetch.com)

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Ted Baker Print Cotton Shirt

You're more likely to see florals in the spring and summer, but, really, there's nothing that says they can't be worn all year 'round. If you're looking to rock an awesome floral in the winter, look no further than this dark-hued, jungle-inspired shirt from Ted Baker. It's sure to make the dreariest season a little bit less dreary. ($188; tedbaker.com)

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Burberry Check Flannel Shirt

Everyone knows the Burberry check. Generally, it's on scarves, bags, or the inside of jackets (namely: their iconic trench). Now, if you're brave, you can put it front-and-center, by rocking a shirt with the pattern. For best results, pair it with some light-wash denim and a pair of spit-shined brogues. ($307; genteroma.com)

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