The Colorblock Shirt Spectrum

Styling Tip

These shirts make a statement, so pair them with subtle solids like navy blazers and khaki pants—or jeans and a lightweight leather jacket, for a more rugged look.

Think of it as the mash-up shirt's European cousin. The colorblock shirt has been popping up all over lately, from surf-oriented streetwear brands and runway designers to tried-and-true workwear labels. Characterized by bold color contrasts in the fabric, it's a more fashion-forward take on the standard button-down and a smart way to throw a little color into your spring gear. But that doesn't make it any harder to wear—though you may want to forgo neckwear with a shirt like this. Here's a round-up of some of the best on the market right now, in a range of prices.


Dickies, $24

Contrast cobalt blue side panels turn this relaxed charcoal work shirt up a notch.


Stussy, $88 / $60

Made of oxford cloth at the top and poplin at the bottom.


Acne, $230

A thick blue contrast band on a subtly striped cotton shirt and a curved hem.


Nautica, $80 / $55

A contrasting pocket and elbow patches set this sailing-inspired shirt apart.


Michael Kors, $175

Breathable linen, a spread collar and a roomy fit make this ideal for warm days.


Michael Bastian, $425

Made in Italy out of luxe, soft cotton with a quirky contrast purple cuff on one side.


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April 9, 2013

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