Tropical Trends

Tropical print? Check. Short sleeve? Check. Glimmer of sunshine that warrants flocking to a frozen Irish beach in an attempt to garner some semblance of a tan? Check. Indeed my fashion friends, tropical print shirts have slowly but surely begun to make their way into the sartorial psyche of the Irish male in recent years, and are an immediate signifier that, whatever that elusive Irish Summer may be, it’s most definitely well on its way.

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With this in mind, I decided to team up with the uber talented Karl O’Reilly for today’s chicy blog post, (and take advantage of that fleeting May sunshine in the process) to show you how to work a typical tropical shirt, in a not so typical way.

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This chicy number is a recent addition to Benetton’s Summer Collection, and at €32.95, is a relatively debit-pleasing amount to pay to tentatively foray into the tropics. For cheaper options, simply have a peruse of the high street- there’s an abundance of fits, styles and prints available from as little as €9! Given our hellacious weather (style diary shooting day aside!), I chose to team the piece with my trusty biker jacket, for an edgier take on this summer staple.

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Of course, said shirt would look sublime with classic chino shorts and loafers on sunnier days, but it’s a little early for yours truly to be getting the legs out just yet, so I instead opted for a classic black skinny (€35, River Island) and some faux Doc Martin stompers. The clunkiness of the shoe offers a subtle juxtaposition against the delicate print of the shirt, and, of course, these chicy pink socks add a touch of sass to my aesthetic.

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This ensemble is perfect for tricky transitional days, and could easily be worn to a casual lunch or for some sassy after-work drinks. I amped up the glam factor with these mirrored Penneys sunglasses which, at just €3, are an ideal way to luxe up your look before payday!

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So folks, what do you’s think of my transitional tropics? Be sure to let me know!

And, while you’re at it, I’d highly recommend a chicy follow of Karl here – this guy is one talented photographer! I’m delighted that we’re collaborating for JusdeJames and MFI over the next while, and can’t wait for you guys and gals to see the finished products!

Stay sassy,

James

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