While we’ve touched on patterns in your suit before, for the next two weeks we want to take a deeper look at the do’s-and-don’ts of pattern pairing, and how you can use clashing patterns to make your suit look that much more stylish. Here are a few points to keep in mind:
- Do you have carryover between patterns?
Let’s use a simple example: You have a solid colored shirt, but a striped tie. How do you ensure these will go together? Well, a simple way is to ensure that the smaller stripe on the tie matches the color of your shirt, that way the rest of the stripes act as a “pop” of color, while the matching color in the tie pairs them both together.
However, we can go a little further with this example: You could also have a tie with complimentary stripes to the shirt. For example, if your shirt is blue, a great choice may be to have have a pink/white striped tie, as they each pop off each other well.
- What if the shirt is patterned?
You have many options from here, but let’s start simple: If you have patterned shirt and can’t tell if you could get away with another pattern, then you should make sure to have a solid-colored tie. It’s the simplest way to avoid accidentally mis-matching patterns.
Alternatively, if you have a subtle shirt pattern a tie with a bolder pattern will play off each other nicely. The key is balance. If one aspect is bold and brash, the other can’t be as well, or you’ll wind up looking like a clown.
- Striped vs. checkered?
So, let’s get this out of the way: Very rarely will it be okay to combine a striped and checkered piece of your outfit. Oftentimes the contrasting lines wind up looking like a mess, and coordinating an outfit with those two requires some great dress skills which take some time to acquire.
If you’re leaning on a type of pattern to try out, go with checkered. A checkered pattern can pair easily with solids to give your outfit some texture without the interesting effects stripes can sometimes have on your body.
Of course, these are just the simple tips–next week we dive into some of the bigger nuances of style. If you need a great outfit to impress, don’t forget to check out our selection at Karako Suits.