Stripes, plaids and checks have been the classic patterns used to enliven men’s clothing for decades. Yet, designers have added something extra to men’s style—the “dot.”

Whether it appears as a polka dot, pin dot or micro medallion, gingham, geometric or amoeba, the small neat pattern is the latest design feature that’s popping up in every menswear collection since 2016.

Patterns of Style

Matinique, Ben Sherman, Ted Baker, Stones, Bugatchi, Blue Industry and Lacoste all have it. This fresh take on prints for men is transforming wardrobe items from socks and shorts to knits, sport shirts, dress shirts and jackets. Some are subtle. Some are bold. Mixing patterns top and bottom shows a cool confidence.

Colourful, Textured and Carefree

Patterns in causal attire? Been there, done that. But the newness comes when patterned shirts are dressed up with suits, sport jackets and ties. Rich in colour and texture, the finished look also has a whimsical air that is defining menswear.