A Lower-Key Liberty Print (above, left): Remember those colorful, playful, quintessentially English floral prints that made their way through American stores a few years back? Today’s versions offer the same texture and detailing, but present them in softer colors and mellower patterns. Cotton shirt ($188) by Steven Alan; wool jacket ($495) by Jack Spade.
The New Aztec (above, center): Unlike the Aztec patterns of, say, the 1980s (zany geometry, neon colors), this new variation seeps out most of the color and allows the shapes and patterns to draw in the eye. Cotton shirt ($150), Plectrum by Ben Sherman; suede jacket ($1,575) by CH Carolina Herrera.
The 3-D Graphic (above, right): Here, the pattern isn’t printed flat but rather stitched on top of the cloth, resulting in graphic elements that are slightly raised. We’ve seen crosshatched x's and tiny fireworklike clusters, but our favorite are these small white flowers, spread across a solid blue chambray background. They're subtle from far away yet distinctive up close. Just what you want from a pattern right now. Cotton shirt ($225) by Hamilton Shirts; cotton jacket ($1,547) by Etro; silk pocket square ($25) by Scott James.