Is there a clothing items as classic as a collared shirt? I think not. Regardless of your shape, size, gender or style preferences a collared shirt comes in handy for smartening up any outfit, whether you’ve got a meeting to go to or just want to feel a little swish. Shirts don’t need to be boring though, there are tons of brilliant brands of all sizes, around Europe designing and selling printed shirts with character. Bright colours, bold prints and heritage brands are on the menu today for my edit of colourful, quirky printed shirts. I’ve tried to present a unisex set of brands, so there should be something for everyone amongst this edit. Let me know if you spot any other brands that you think should be added!
Keren Mualem from Tel Aviv, Israel
Handmade clothes are a treat and I’m absolutely in love with this collection from Keren Mualem from Tel Aviv in Israel. Her clothing collection covers everything from shirts, shoes, jackets and skirts. You can get a complete outfit from Keren Mualem in tasteful colour palettes and interesting prints, the price is a little higher at around £74 for a shirt, but everything is 100% cotton. Definitely one to check out and absolutely ideal for anyone with a more conservative office job to go to, but doesn’t want to loose out on personality in their wardrobe. Shop Keren Mualem’s stunning collection of printed shirts and more.
Annanemone from Prague, Czech Republic
If you’re looking for an eclectic mix of prints that covers anything from dinosaurs and sharks to sloths, brussell sprouts and pretzels, I think you’ll dig Annaenemone from Prague. You can shop their lovely, fun prints in t-shirts, shirts, dresses and more and they even offer matching sets for couples. Super fun! Their fabrics are generally 90% cotton to 10% polyester so you’re getting a nice quality fabric for your spend. They also have a slug as a logo, which signals their not so serious approach. Love it! Shop Annaemone’s fun printed clothing collection.
Cath Kidston from London, United Kingdom
Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, you probably already know the Cath Kidston brand. It’s been a brand close to my heart since I first visited their London shop, many moons ago when there was only one store. I still have my start print oil cloth tote bag from back in the day. I’ve also been lucky enough to work behind the scenes on some epic experiential marketing for Cath Kidston, which was super fun. Some brands don’t last long, but Cath Kidston continue to nail it with their whimsical, traditional English styling that is well loved around the World. Shop Cath Kidston’s range of printed shirts here.
Compañia Fantastica from Madrid, Spain
Similar to Spanish brand KLING, who I’ve mentioned before, Compañia Fantastica is one of the smaller gems on the Spanish high street and online. Their collections flawlessly combine a playful, nostalgic sense of fun with wearable, timeless cuts and styles. As an added bonus, their clothing collections are affordable (shirts are about £32) without compromising on quality or style. Definitely one to watch. Shop Compañia Fantastica printed clothing here.
Brutus from London, United Kingdom
I first learnt about Brutus shirts and their heritage from my pal ReeRee Rockette and instantly fell in love with the 60s mod aesthetic and back story. Founded in 1966, this clothing brand has lived through the real mod era. They offer a range of classic check shirts, polo shirts and jeans. They cut shirts to fit masculine and feminine body shapes, so there’s something for everyone in excellent quality. Shop Brutus shirts and fashion here.
Girae Rigira from Bologna, Italy
For a little vintage flavour with plenty of chic European style influence, check out Girae Rigira. From button down collared shirts, to loose t-shirts in smart fabrics and prints, alongside a wider selection of garments to complete your look, this is a truly lovely brand. Although some items are a little too pretty vintage for my personal taste, there’s lots that I would love to mix and match with my current wardrobe. They use vintage fabrics as well as modern fabrics with a retro look, perfectly curated together. They also have dungarees, which is an added bonus. Shop Girae Rigira’s range of printed clothes.
Brava Fabrics from Barcelona, Spain
One of my favourite fashion discoveries since living in Barcelona has to be Brava Fabrics. Based in a stunning little studio in the city’s Poble Nou area, you’ll find Brava Fabrics in many boutiques and craft fairs across the city and further afield. They specialise in quality printed fabrics with their range of signature ditsy prints featuring anything from tiny avocados and shrimps to tiny animals and plants. Always a joy and top of my clothing wishlist for a long time. Shop Brava Fabrics printed shirts and more here.
Boden from London, United Kingdom
Although historically usually aimed at an older target audience, Boden is always a wonderful stopping point on the hunt for colourful clothes. They’ve been making their Classic Shirt since the start in a variety of colours and prints, from timeless to playful, they’re a great investment piece without spending a fortune. Browse Boden printed shirts and clothing here.
I hope you enjoyed my edit and that I helped you discover some new places to shop. I plan to update this post as I find more great printed shirt companies to share. If you spot something that you think suits the CMK aesthetic and deserves a spot on this list, send me a tweet or Instagram note to @JayneKitsch or visit the Contact page on this site to find out more about collaborating. You can explore more Fashion, Beauty and Indie Love content on this site, with content dating back to 2009! If you have a post request, I welcome your suggestions.