Printed shirts are casual shirts worn by men and women, especially during the warm summer months. While printed shirts can be either full sleeved or short sleeved, the latter is mostly preferred in summer. Also, compared to their formal counterparts, printed shirts have far less rigid collars and are thus, more comfortable to wear. They are almost always bold and vibrantly coloured and stand out in a crowd. Printed shirts are an exciting way to add glamour and sex appeal to your usual understated clothing. Besides, printed shirts can also be extremely versatile. Although expressly meant to be worn in a casual setting, printed shirts can also be worn during semi-formal events. In fact, when paired with just the perfect trousers, jackets and shoes, printed shirts can actually be worn on formal occasions. However, the USP of a printed shirt is that it is a casual shirt with a lot of oomph that makes casual occasions such as summer parties, holiday vacations, picnics or even just hanging out with friends at the mall a special occasion for the wearer. Besides, printed shirts also make great gifts — the next time you get invited to a birthday party in the summer and you don’t know what gift to buy, give a printed shirt. Your friend will remember that gift for a long time to come!

There are different types of prints and patterns for a printed shirt, such as-

  • Floral patterns are by far the most popular among buyers of printed shirts.
  • Geometric patterns
  • Abstract patterns

While a white t-shirt is usually considered the pinnacle of casual top wear, there is not a single reason why you cannot replace it with a suitable printed shirt!

Pairing Printed Shirts with Other Clothing For Different Occasions

There are different ways in which both men and women can pair printed shirts with other articles of clothing and accessories, depending on the occasion.

Men can pair printed shirts with ultra-casual denims and sneakers for a cool casual look. Men's printed shirts can also be worn with cargo pants, khakis and chinos for a different casual effect. What’s more, printed shirts also pair extremely well with cargo shorts and denim shorts and basically, any type of casual footwear including loafers, sandals and even floaters and flip flops! While printed shirts are a great way to dress down, you can actually wear one under a jacket and dress up! But wait, there’s more! You can use a printed shirt as a jacket or a shacket over a white tee with the buttons undone for an uber cool street look. You can even go a step further and wear a printed patterned shirt under a semi-formal suit. This combination is a classic hit with Bollywood actors and Page 3 celebrities and there is no reason why you cannot do the same!

Women have an even better range of combinations to rock printed shirts with. Printed shirts can be worn with formal or casual trousers, jeans, shorts, skirts of any length and even over one piece off shoulder outfits if you are adventurous enough! As far as footwear is concerned, printed shirts can be paired with absolutely anything – flat heeled shoes and sandals, high heeled sandals and stilettos, running shoes, floaters and flip flops.

Accessories That Complement a Printed Shirt

There are several fashion accessories that beautifully complement a printed shirt while upping your oomph and style quotient a few more notches. The most common accessories that people have paired with printed shirts are:

Sunglasses: Sunglasses pair excellently with printed shirts for a cool casual vibe. Choose a pair that fits your face the best. Aviators and wayfarers are timeless classics that go well with any kind of printed shirt.

Belts: Add a bold belt, especially one that is striped in bright colours to accentuate your casual look. If colourful belts aren’t your thing, use a solid leather belt instead. Feel free to experiment with fancy belt buckles as well.

Bracelets and Necklaces: Jewellery, such as bracelets and necklaces pair well with striped shirts. If you do not want to spend thousands on expensive gold or silver jewellery, settle for imitation bracelets and necklaces – these are far cheaper and almost as cool. Women can also go for large ear pendants.

Hats: A trucker hat or a baseball hat will go well with a printed shirt worn with jeans or shorts.

Footwear: The sky s the limit when choosing the perfect pair of footwear to wear with your printed shirt. Any type of shoes – loafers, Chelsea boots, Oxford shoes, sneakers and basketball shoes can be paired with printed shirts. Besides, leather sandals, fisherman sandals, shoe-type sandals, floaters and flip flops can also be paired with printed shirts, depending on the rest of the outfit and the occasion.

Wristwatch: Feel free to wear any type of wristwatch with your printed shirt – dress watches, chronographs, sports watches, digital watches, smartwatches and even military-grade dive watches will pair well as long as you are comfortable wearing them.

Handbags: This one is especially for women who wear printed shirts. Select a casual handbag, especially one that is in bold pink or turquoise or any other bright colour to perfectly complement your casual look in a printed shirt.

Rings: Large, fancy rings normally go well with printed shirts. This is usually true for both sexes.

Also Read: Easy Steps to Start Men's Shirts Making Business in India

Quality of The Printed Shirts

As is the case with any shirt, there are specific guides in place for helping you pick a good-quality printed shirt. There are several parameters that you would need to keep an eye on while buying a printed shirt. These are:

1. The Durability of The Fabric

You will need to check that your printed shirt is made from high-quality, durable fabric. While it is possible to physically check for the durability of a printed shirt when buying from a regular brick and mortar shop, when purchasing online, check for the GSM number of the fabric. A high GSM number usually means that the fabric is thicker and more durable.

2. The Durability of The Stitching

You will need to ensure that the stitching is not flimsy and all the seams are well done. You will not be able to do this while buying a printed shirt online, so always buy one from a reputed manufacturer to avoid getting ripped off!

3. Colours And The Print

Make sure that the colours are fast and do not wear off after a couple of washes. It is your best bet to buy pre-washed printed shirts to avoid any discolouration in the future.

4. Image Quality

If there is an image printed on the shirt, ensure that it is sharp and printed with high-quality materials.

5. Quality of The Embroidery

If there is any embroidery work on the body of the printed shirt, ensure that it is well done and there are no loose threads hanging from it.

6. Washing And Ironing Care

Make sure you read the washing and ironing instructions. Many printed shirts are made from materials such as silk or satin that need special washing care. Always make sure you follow instructions carefully. Also, certain fabrics can get damaged under ironing. So, it is important to be wary of which printed shirts you can iron and which you cannot before buying them.

Printed Shirts Vs Solid Shirts: Which is Better?

While solid shirts are there for a reason and will never go out of fashion, they will never boast the styling quotient of a printed shirt. However, comparing solid shirts with printed shirts is like comparing apples to oranges – both serve their own unique purpose. While solid shirts are usually understated and meant mostly to be worn on formal occasions, printed shirts are the exact opposite. Printed shirts are bold and laid back and make a huge fashion statement and as such, are mostly intended for wearing during casual occasions (though they can be worn on formal occasions with the right kind of accessories).

FAQs: Printed Shirts

Q. What materials are used in manufacturing printed shirts?

Ans. Printed shirts can be made from a variety of materials, such as-

  • Cotton or cotton and Terylene blends
  • Rayon
  • Silk
  • Satin
  • Polyester or cotton and polyester blends
  • Oxford cloth
  • Poplin
  • Dobby
  • Jacquard
  • Viscose

Q. What are some good, printed shirts available online?

Ans. In India, many reputed clothing brands have a wide assortment of printed shirts on their product portfolio. Some reputed brands of printed shits are Indian Terrain, Raymond, Siyaram’s, J. Hampstead, Allen Solly, Arrow, Flying Machine, Blackberrys, etc.

Q. How much do printed shirts cost?

Ans. In India, you can buy a printed shirt for as low as 300 rupees. However, there is barely any upper price limit to how much-printed shirts can cost! The more intricate the pattern is, the more expensive the printed shirt will be. Another factor that determines the price of the printed shirt is the type of fabric used to make it. So, printed shirts made from silk will cost much more than ones made from cotton or rayon. As with occasions, there is a cotton printed shirt for every budget.

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