I’ve always been somewhat of a printphobe; as a broad-framed guy I’ve always felt print was impossible for me to pull off as it would just end up looking like a huge brick of colour and pattern. In many cases that is certainly true, but I’ve learnt how to wear print the right way for size, I’ve learnt there are patterns and prints for everyone, it’s just about finding the one that suits your shape.

For me, I can’t wear big bulky prints and patterns. If I’m wearing stripes, for example, I wouldn’t wear block stripes, I would only wear slimline stripes - and yes, you can even wear horizontal ones if you’re bigger. I’m always conscious about wearing stripes across my chest as sometimes it can over-emphasise my broadness, but the button placket breaks up the eye-line on the awesome ASOS shirt that I’m wearing below, which I’m obsessed with. ASOS has really come through for a variety of printed styles that work for bigger guys. You can see another one I bought from them in my Madrid Travel Guide, that shirt was a floral pattern, and although slightly bulkier in design, it had a natural downward flowing giving a more slimming effect.

Finding the right print for your shape is definitely a trial and error game, but I urge you to get involved and have a try. Print can really add a vibrancy to your wardrobe, and turn your everyday looks into something a little more elevated and interesting.

I’m wearing shirt and jeans by ASOS, watch by Ted Baker, jacket by Levi’s , boots by R.M. Williams.

Images by the amazing @adorngirl



Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.