Gentlemen, Here Are 7 Ways To Rock The Paisley Print
From scarf to shoe, pocket square to suit
by Sanjeeva Suresh /
July 28, 2020
If you’re tired of wearing just colours, paisley is the perfect alternative to spruce up your wardrobe. However this is a tricky print to pull off — it either reminds you call of a sofa cushion or brings back fond memories of a romantic Moroccan beach getaway.
The paisley print has its roots in Persia and usually takes the shape of a twisted teardrop-like pattern. The design represents the cypress tree, a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity. The name as we know now originates from the town of Paisley in west Scotland. It made its way into mainstream fashion and on to the runways of JW Anderson (Autumn/Winter ’11), Topman (Spring/Summer ’12), Ashish (Spring/Summer ’17) and is a regular fixture at Etro (Spring/Summer ’14, Autumn/Winter ’19, Spring/Summer ’20)
Scroll through our gallery to find out how to stand out in a crowd with the paisley print.
If your wardrobe is filled with monochrome suits and/or black blazers, it’s time to up your game with a full paisley suit. This striking Paco Rabanne’s silver single-breasted version (right) is from the its Autumn/Winter ’19 collection.
This Etro’s scarf (right) is a beautiful piece that is perfect for layering. For an eclectic look (left) match it with contrasting patterns and separates. If you’re going for clashing prints, keep the tonal base of the pieces similar to avoid looking like you got dressed in the dark. As seen on the left, the fedora, sunglasses and pants are in the same colour scheme as the scarf.
Etro’s paisley sport jacket with in velvet (right) is a prime example of a versatile wardrobe investment. You can dressed it up for a date in the evening (right) or keep it simple with a white shirt and dark slacks (left) for brunch with your pals.