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Men's Guide To Wearing Prints Like A Pro

By Trishi Dhingra

Updated - July 8, 2021 9 min read

Wondering what this blog is all about? Well, let me give you a print! (Pun intended) Guys, there's nothing more off-putting than a man messing up his printed outfits. Be it your kurta, shirt or pants, pairing the right print with the right shade and combo is exactly like fitting the pieces of a puzzle. One wrong idea and the entire picture is ruined. And I don't think anybody would want that. 


So, to save you from making any fashion blunders in the future or to generally amp-up your style quotient, I compiled a list of printed apparel you should own and 18 different ways to carry them!



How To Style Printed Short Kurtas For Men

Printed short kurtas are the epitome of contemporary prints for men. It's casual to wear, easy to carry and super-fun to style. 


1. Blue Denim Jeans + Slip-Ons + Sunglasses

Price: INR 944


The ditsy pattern on a short kurta with a banded collar and rolled-up sleeves is a classic example of fusion print. This type of print can easily be pulled off at a family event when paired with blue/black denim jeans, black/maroon slip-on and sunglasses (Only if it's sunny & outside. To make the printed short kurta look even better, throw on some beaded bracelet and you're good to go.

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2. Cotton Trousers + Leather Slippers + Hat

Price: INR 854


If short kurtas spell out rustic for you, styling them with loose cotton trousers, hat and leather slippers is probably the best way to go. It's an understated look most guys don't experiment with. However, if arranged properly can spruce-up your entire ensemble and confidence. Moreover, this houndstooth print is the stuff of admiration, even for men. 

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3. Black Chinos/Jeans + Kolhapuris + Bracelets

Price: INR 799


Here's a clean-cut short kurta look inspired by Indian prints for men. This ensemble is not only good for a casual family get-together party but also perfect for casual-Fridays at work. Adorn the outfit with a watch or bracelets and Kolhapuri sandals. Although, if you don't wish to wear sandals, white sneakers will be a great replacement. 

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Also Read: 18 Fashion Accessories For Men Who Like To Set Trend!



How To Style Printed Kurtas For Men 

Be it plain or printed, long kurtas are the best way to dress-up at a traditional event effortlessly.


4. Blue Slim Jeans + Loafers

Price: INR 799


Teardrop prints are usually inspired by the Paisley style of printing which comes from European culture in the 1600s. This print on a kurta and that too an asymmetrical one is the perfect example of an indo-western ensemble. Furthermore, if you embellish this with blue slim jeans and loafers the entire look will fall right into place. Accessorizing here would be an over-compensation since the print will do all the talking. Wear this on a low-profile wedding function or office's Diwali party, and bag all the compliments you can get. 

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5. Plain Nehru Jacket + Churidar + Jutti

Price: INR 1,400


Another way to look spectacular in a printed kurta is by adding a plain Nehru jacket, a churidar of the same shade and basic Jutti to it. This sort of arrangement works best at an engagement function especially if you're one of the groomsmen. Now, this kurta is inspired by floral patterns, however, you guys feel free to pick any bizarre to trendy print you want. This is where all the eccentric prints will shine. 

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How To Style Printed Shervani Jackets For Men

Shervani might be a groom's outfit in India but when played with could also be a pretty interesting ensemble for all the main men at the wedding. 


6. Long Plain Kurta + Churidar

Price: INR 3,400


Long Shervani with cuts requires a plain kurta and churidar set of the same shade. It's a royal look for any wedding or related shindigs. It's always better to wear a Jutti underneath but if you don't feel like it, I'd suggest you try leather sandals. Make it drop-dead gorgeous by adding a bling stud to the look. 

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7. Medium-Length Kurta + Churidar

Price: INR 3,400


Bold prints with a pastel colour palette in the base are the best Shervani jackets if you're not the groom. Light colours usually retract the unnecessary focus from your outfit and make the entire ensemble look including your hair, footwear and accessory... modest and tasteful. Avoid darker shades on the day-wedding. 

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8. Plain Kurta + Dhoti

Price: INR 2,900


This look is a more traditional approach towards sherwani for men. Instead of a long jacket, it's a printed blazer made stunning with a complementing kurta dhoti set and a Jutti underneath. My only advice here would be to avoid accessorizing with bold prints such as these. However, if you wish to dial it down a bit, I'd suggest going for a lighter shade, most probably pastel. 

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Also Read: 20 Outfit Ideas For Groom's Best Friend



How To Style Printed Nehru Jackets For Men

Every man should own a couple of Nehru jackets in their traditional closet. They're a handle piece of clothing great for a variety of events you didn't know you might have to attend.


9. Banded Collar Plain Shirt + Chinos + Derbys

Price: INR 1,160


A quirky print on a traditional Nehru jacket is always a ravishing look for men who like to set trends. A plain white or maybe a black shirt coupled with black chinos/jeans and Derbys/oxfords is a winning ensemble for Nehru jacket inspired looks. I wouldn't accessorize much if the jacket has bold prints, however, shades or glasses wouldn't hurt even then. 

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10. Plain Kurta + Dhoti Salwar

Price: INR 7,999


Print-on-plain is the safest print-inspired look of all time. Especially for men. Buy a set with a complementing print and shade or compile your own.

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How To Style Printed Shirts For Men

Printed shirts are men's best friend when it comes to fashion. They are designed to amp-up your dashing look with class and ease. 


11. Black Jeans + Hat + White Sneakers

Price: INR 474


Floral shirts look best with basic accessories such as hats, bracelets and even necklaces. You pair it with blue/black jeans or chinos, white sneakers and make a style statement with the most trusted printed shirted for men.

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12. Colour Block Your Cotton Pants With Neutral Sneakers

Price: INR 1,099


Colour block with print is a fun way to style prints for men. You can wear a shirt buttoned-up to the top, pants of the exact same shade and kick it off with beige, white or any other neutral shade sneakers. I don't recommend rolled-up sleeves for this look but I do insist on adorning it with earrings and a messenger bag. 

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13. Tuck It In With Plain Chinos Or Jeans

Price: INR 1,099


Check shirt with a straight collar is the best print shirt for men. And even though the look demands the shirt tucked-in, it still is a casual ensemble great for brunch dates or an early evening coffee with bae. Don't oversell the arrangement with accessories. Just a plain watch would be enough.

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14. Go The Formal Way

Price: INR 749


A formal look with a printed shirt is another look guys feel safe with. And you know what? I understand. This ensemble is pretty much similar to the last one, however with a few minor changes. Instead of jeans/chinos, you wear formal pants and a belt to complete the look and go with more formal shoes like Derby's and oxfords. 

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How To Style Printed T-Shirts For Men


15. Jeans + White Sneakers + Leather Jacket

Price: INR 681


The camouflage trend never goes out of style. Be it shirts, t-shirts or cargo pants, they have been around for a while now and we still love it. It's a great print for men and super-easy to work with. You can pair it with black denim, any casual shoes, a leather jacket, pendant necklace pieces, bracelet and sunglasses, and there'd still be scope to do more. 

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16. For Polo T-Shirts: Blue Denim Jeans + White Sneakers

Price: INR 899


Remember guys, vertical lines make you look tall while horizontal ones make you look broader. So, depending upon your body type, pick your stripe and be the most basic guy on the block. If you do it right, a clean-cut look will always catch a pretty lady's eye. Be mindful of accessorizing. A watch is probably enough here and the ensemble will look great at a college party or date at home.

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17. Print On Print For Men

Price: INR 2,209


Print-on-print is a risky business but when done right, will fetch you unbelievable results. In my opinion, even if you choose to pair a print with another print, make sure one is daunting than the other. This not only balances the look but gives you an edge in the fashion world. This clean-cut ensemble is the best example of what I am talking about. However, with two prints, make sure you don't add other things. 

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18. Printed Shawls For Men

Price: INR 1,290


Whoever said the shawls are only for ladies, didn't catch this look. Printed shawls for men are a real fad these days. Every look is being made better by finishing it with a printed shawl on it. You can even pick a heavy one for wedding purposes and still fit it. Nevertheless, make sure you don't overdo the print is also your job. So, avoid these shawls if you're already slipping into prints.

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Guys, take your guide to prints everywhere be the star of the party. 



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