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4 Easy Ways to Pull Off Black and White Patterns

Shirts4 Easy Ways to Pull Off Black and White Patterns

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Start simple.

Every day of every month at GQ, we start your morning on Instagram with visual advice on What to Wear Today. But we want to go deeper. Give you the nuts and bolts of how to get the look into your wardrobe. Today we're decoding a very intricate black and white patterned polo shirt, and giving you four ways to pull off this surprisingly flattering style move.

Some men swear off all patterns. Rather than risk a potential wardrobe flub, they stick to the certainty of solids and neutral colors. And, listen, there's nothing wrong with that. It usually works out pretty well, but it's not all that much fun. We've got news for you: Embracing patterns doesn't have to be an all or nothing affair. You can ease in at your own speed, and, in fact, we recommend you take it slow—just like yoga. One way to go about it is by limiting the colors to strict black and white. The newspaper basics will keep any pattern, no matter how crazy, from looking unrestrained or downright insane. And just like using the black and white filters on Instagram, the combo elevates any design to more sophisticated territory. That said, we'd suggest sticking to variations on stripes and repeating geometric shapes. Steer clear of animals, or anything else that's vaguely cute.

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Kenzo, $154, available at farfetch.com

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Lanvin, $390, available at mrporter.com

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Polo Ralph Lauren, $50, available at ralphlauren.com

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Dolce & Gabbana, $495, available at farfetch.com

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