Dots • Simply a series of circles, you’ll typically find dot patterns split into two camps. If they’re big, they’re called polka dots; if not, they’re usually very small and spaced like a grid.
Floral • A motif based in nature, florals are a catch-all term that typically refers to a print consisting of flowers. Leaves, trees, and branches are also fair game.
Gingham • Gingham contrasts a coloured warp with a white weft to create its famous grid of alternating squares.
Paisley • Associated with psychedelic ‘60s style, paisley actually first came to prominence around 1500. This pattern features tear-dropped shapes with curved ends and a whole lot of curlicues. This is a well-loved print for men’s shirts and ties.
Plaid • Technically known as tartan, this traditional and ultra-popular pattern consists of crossing horizontal and vertical bands of colour. Plaid comes in an infinite number of forms, and plaid shirts are absolute staples for everyone.
Stripes • Made up of one or more parallel lines, stripes are great at drawing the eye and placing emphasis on different aspects of your body. Contrary to popular belief, horizontal stripes actually do make you look thinner, so pair them with skinny khaki pants.