Three Of Our Favourite Fruit Prints
Why pineapples are the pattern to wear this spring/summer season.
Earlier this year, scientists published new guidelines that increased the suggested daily intake of fruit and veg from the accepted five-a-day to 10. While this might not be ground-breaking health news (yes, you need to eat your greens), you might be interested to know that designers have taken this advice to heart, too. In fact, this season’s collections offer a bumper crop of fruit-based prints and plant motifs. And king among them is the pineapple. The reason behind this juicy fruit’s ubiquitousness in style is unknown, but we can hazard a guess that it’s got something to do with its exotic associations, its pleasing colour palette, and its interesting texture and shape – all of which make it a witty and rather fun addition to your summer wardrobe. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite fruit prints new to MR PORTER. While we can’t promise wearing one of these items will do anything to improve your health, it’ll definitely be more fun than downing a pond-green smoothie.
Every trend has its levels. Which is to say that wearing a fruit print needn’t make you look like samba singer Ms Carmen Miranda. This Dolce & Gabbana bomber jacket’s simple silhouette and monochrome palette mean that it’s a relatively sober statement piece. Ground the look by wearing it over a plain T-shirt with a pair of slim-fit black jeans. This pair from Acne Studios – part of our essentials collection – will do just the trick.
Feeling a little bit more adventurous? Get your fruit fix with a pineapple-print camp-collar shirt from Japanese brand Beams. Camp-collar shirts have become a mainstay in the modern man’s summer wardrobe in recent years, and this particular “Aloha” piece, cut in breezy cotton voile, will work just as well buttoned up at the beach bar as it will at a barbecue back home. Try wearing it open over a plain white tee with a pair of neutral khaki chinos.
If a pineapple isn’t enough to get you feeling fruity, why not make it a fruit salad. Add a couple of slices of watermelon. Oh, and some bananas, palm trees, elephants, sitars, and temples while you’re at it. While Prada’s mouthwatering shirt might not be appropriate for any old occasion (let’s call it an acquired taste), it is the perfect piece for marking your transition into “holiday mode” should you be heading somewhere exotic on vacation. Just promise you’ll keep everything else plain and tidy with some neat, navy Aspesi shorts.
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