Pattern mixing can be a daunting tasks. I get it.I was there once. I just stuck to the safe rule of pattern shirt-plain tie, plain shirt-pattern tie. You can do just that and fly under the radar. But if you are reading this blog by now you want to take your style game to another level and I commend you for that. I enjoy putting patterns together to see what works and what doesn't, alot of the things I know came from trial and error and not some universal men's wear rule I follow. So before I get into the body of this blog I want to preference it by saying this is Fit Man Style's guide to mixing patterns. So who do I have in mind when writing this blog? The average guy who may have a couple shirt and ties, maybe a one suit or sport coat because it wouldn't make sense to show you guys an array of combinations that you may not have. There are a few tips about pattern mixing that make it a little easy for me.
Here are 4 things I consider when I mix patterns:
1) Contrast - If you are going to wear clothing with similar patterns, contrast the size. Perfect example is the Gingham shirt which is one of my favorites. It pretty much little squares all over the shirt. I wouldn't wear a suit or sports coat that have similar size squares but rather opt for a windowpane that has larger squares.
2) 4 is the maximum! - outside of socks, the shirt, tie, pocket square and suit jacket are the main ones with patterns. I keep it to 3 but if I have to go four, the fourth one has to be subtle meaning you can't tell from a distance what it is, you'll damn near have to have your eye ball on the clothing to see the pattern. Take the main photo of this blog, I'm wearing four patterns with the fourth one being herringbone on the jacket. It's so faint, you can't tel what it is from a distance.
3) Avoid being too busy - gingham and paisley, stripes on stripes on stripes, polka dot playboy, you're doing too much bro. Everything about our clothing should be pleasing to the eye and too much pattern just hurts the eyesight and screams "idk what I'm doing"
4) The Eye Test - trust your gut. We all have a general sense of what looks good. Yea you can look to style bloggers such as myself but I want to empower you to make that choice. I get complimented alot on my pattern combinations and the majority of them followed this option. It looked good when I put it together, I wore it, and people responded positively. In past blogs I mentioned style is all about confidence and expression of individuality, so wear those pattern and let the world see your individual style.
Pinstripe shirt and .....
Checkered shirt and ....
Plain shirt and .....
Bottom line is this, am I an expert at pattern mixing? Not quite. What I know comes from trial and errors as with anything in life. You've gotta take the plunge and try things. You may look silly at first, trust me I did, but you learn from that and grow. I was nervous coming up with this blog post because pattern mixing is one of those things that can go really great or horribly wrong. No middle ground. I never want my blog to be one that I'm talks down to folks that's why I titled it 4 things to consider when pattern mixing. So use my video and pics for ideas and happy mixing!