The Art of Mixing and Matching Patterns

While the experienced dresser may seemingly get away with the inconceivable, matching more than two patterns with coordinating colours is no small feat. Especially in a professional setting it is best to keep things as understated as possible, but that doesn’t mean one has to keep it minimalistic. Having fun with colours and patterns is part of what makes the act of getting dressed a pleasure, and if you do it right, it gives your suit undeniable energy. While there are no strict rules, it is best to keep in mind two simple concepts: the relative proportion of the patterns being mixed, and the colours they contain.

The proportion of each pattern worn should be roughly half (or double) the size of the other, so as to maintain balance. Also, the more complex a pattern the more difficult it will be to arrange with other patterns, but it can be done, so long as the principle of proportion is respected, and there is at least one solid, simple item worn (whether it be tie, shirt, or jacket). Not all patterns are created equal, however. Mixing plaids with stripes is a classic example of how easy it is to create visual interest without overly complicating the matter!

Colour is another important subject to keep in mind: with more than three colours on any given article of clothing, it will be difficult to successfully match with the colours of another pattern! With that in mind, you’ll maintain cohesion by making sure that all articles of patterned clothing share at least two – if not all – of the same colours.

If in doubt, simply stop by to see us and we’ll happily guide you through the possibilities over an espresso!