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The Do’s and Don’ts of Mixing and Matching Patterns


Combining and matching patterns and shades is an skill. But that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult, intimidating or prevented. While you might associate the mismatched appeared with extremely trendy subcultures and view them as unnecessarily avant-garde, the right combo of different colorings and patterns can make for a smart, simple and easy look.

If you bear in mind a few simple guidelines, you’ll be knocking together unique outfits (without looking clownish) very quickly.

DON’T wear head-to-toe stripes. We realize that stripe-on-stripe action isn’t exactly combining and corresponding, but stripes have improved quite somewhat using their Breton times . We’re now finding horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, thick stripes, slender stripes. Avoid using horizontal stripes at the top and vertical on underneath (and visa versa) and consider the width of the stripes when you’re hoping to incorporate two separate portions.

DO pay attention to range. If you’re adding (for example) stripes and checks mutually, the scale should be approximately the same. By that, we imply that if each lines is 25 % inch apart, how big is the squares in the checks should be nearly the same. This is a product of symmetry in a natural way being quite visually pleasing.

DON’T mix and match more than 3 items…especially if you’re new to all this. It’s when you begin mixing stripes, polka dots, and floral patterns than you run the risk of looking over-the-top instead of put-together.

DO layer! Rather than making things more challenging by aiming to organize patterned trousers with a bold, striped top and paisley connect, use sweaters, spencer, and oxford tops to subtly present glimpses of several patterns.

DON’T go crazy with coloring. When combining and corresponding patterns, it’s better to stick with one all-over tone (like blue, grey, or dark) and then present small pops of colour in a pocket square, connect or in shoe laces.

DO consider the occasion. Is often a funeral or wedding the appropriate place to experiment with patterns? Most likely not. Certainly, any look can be produced quite sophisticated but if you’re just beginning your mix-and-match journey, play it safe and save your valuable polka dot and checkered outfit for a weekend out.

We could continue and on as it pertains from what to do and what never to do. Most men - after they start combining and corresponding - realize that they ‘just know’ when the appearance is right. And you simply won’t know until you try.


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