Prints in summer? Groundbreaking.

Look, we know we’re not pushing the envelope here, in fact, we’re doing the opposite. We’re abiding by long-standing seasonal traditions and replacing all our dark clothes with bright colors, pastels, and patterns now that the sun’s out. The thing is, these things are only long-standing traditions because they work damn well.

With that said, it’s important to exercise a bit of self-restraint when dealing with patterns. Below, we’ve detailed some of our favorite patterned shirts and patterned shorts from Saks Fifth Avenue to stock up on before summer, but remember that mixing disparate prints is a recipe for disaster. Like a good spice, patterned shirts should be handled with care and used in moderation — that way, they’ll have more impact and you won’t look like a clown.

So, from Bottega Veneta to Givenchy, allow some of the masters of prints to guide you gracefully to patterned nirvana this summer.

Shop the best patterned shirts and shorts for summer below.

Patterned Shirts

Marni Boxy Bowling Shirt

Boxy Bowling Shirt

Boxy Bowling Shirt

$790

Marni

Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue

Here's a good lesson: patterned shirts aren't always bold. This Marni bowling shirt proves that a carefully positioned print can be as striking as an all-over pattern.

Just Don Camicia Uomo Shirt

Camicia Uomo Shirt

Camicia Uomo Shirt

$445

Just Don

Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue

But, if you are in the market for a piece that turns heads then this Just Don shirt should do the trick. The tropical print is broken up only by varsity jacket-inspired loops at the shoulders.

Ksubi Tiger Shirt

Tiger Shirt

Tiger Shirt

$180

Ksubi

Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue

Animal prints are basically the default print when it comes to shirts. Again, picking the right one doesn't mean you're being boring, it means you can recognize that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Givenchy Boxy Print Shirt

Boxy Print Shirt

Boxy Print Shirt

$990

Givenchy

Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue

When the heat's up, it's nice to have a shirt that matches the weather. This one, depicting the depths of flaming hell, is an absolute no-brainer.

Casablanca Ping Pong Monogram Polo Shirt

Ping Pong Monogram Polo Shirt

Ping Pong Monogram Polo Shirt

$370

Casablanca

Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue

Polo shirts are a summer essential and Casablanca's Mediterranean wellness-club aesthetic puts it in pole position during summer.

Patterned Shorts

Dries Van Noten Piper Shorts

Piper Shorts

Piper Shorts

$790

Dries Van Noten

Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue

Dries Van Noten's graphics have been in top form over recent seasons. In similar trippy fashion to his collaboration with Len Lye, this pair of Piper Shorts features a beautiful abstract print throughout.

Billionaire Boys Club Rembrandt Shorts

Rembrandt Shorts

Rembrandt Shorts

$130

Billionaire Boys Club

Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue

The Dutch Masters didn't know a whole lot about patterned shorts during summer. They were more bothered about finding the right neck ruffle. We wonder if Rembrandt would have copped these Billionaire Boys Club shorts...

Bather Baby Pastel Cloud Swim Shorts

Baby Pastel Cloud Swim Trunks

Baby Pastel Cloud Swim Trunks

$95

Bather

Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue

The same way that the Givenchy shirt matched the weather, but this time in a style that won't give your grandma a panic attack.

Bottega Veneta Banana Shorts

Banana Swim Trunks

Banana Swim Trunks

$650

Bottega Veneta

Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue

Bottega Veneta supplements the bold banana print on these shorts with a checkerboard texture that mimics the brand's signature Intrecciato weave.

Orlebar Brown Moissan Shorts

Moissan Swim Shorts

Moissan Swim Shorts

$295

Orlebar Brown

Buy at Saks Fifth Avenue

Orlebar Brown hits the nail on the head with this pair of shorts that feature an abstract geometric print. It's eye-catching but, thanks to the simple color palette, doesn't dominate a look.

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