Your Guide to the Crazy World of Prints

SO YOU’VE BEEN AC­CUS­TOMED to the safer world of solids, whites, navys, grays, and blacks—the sure things that you can wear with­out fear. But there is also that place where bold col­ors come to­gether in de­signs that do not say, “Let’s fin­ish this re­port tod

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To the boat

French sea­men wore the multi- striped Bre­ton shirt so that it would be eas­ier to spot them in the water. The uni­form later evolved into leisure wear when it caught the eye of one Coco Chanel, who anointed the garb as the style for beach des­ti­na­tions. Mod­ern it­er­a­tions may not carry the orig­i­nal 21 stripes, but they still re­call lan­guid af­ter­noons chill­ing on a yacht.

To the beach

If you’ve stuck to your work­out and meal plan through Christ­mas, New Year’s, Valen­tine’s— and what­ever else hap­pened in be­tween—you’ve earned the right to show off your hard work in clothes that are cut closer to the body. If you’ve yet to be­gin your healthy life­style, an all- over print in a dark shade will also serve as cam­ou­flage.

To the tiki bar

Many in­flu­ences, in­clud­ing the un­tucked barong of the Philip­pines, have lead to cre­ation of the Hawai­ian shirt. What­ever its ori­gins, one thing of note is how it be­came the off- duty dress of mil­i­tary sea­man. The graphic shirt looked so un­like their uni­form that it sig­naled va­ca­tion time right away. Tip: A lit­tle print goes a long way.

T- shirt ( P299.75) and swim shorts ( P249.75) by Coco Repub­lic, The SM Store

T- shirt ( P299.75) and shorts ( P599.75) by Coco Repub­lic, The SM Store

Short- sleeved shirt ( P599.75), T- shirt ( P299.75), and shorts ( P599.75) by Coco Repub­lic, The SM Store

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