Mixing and matching patterns can be a huge problem for the average guy. I mean, most guys struggle with basic color combinations. So the thought of throwing different patterns together is bold and frightening new territory. But it's really not as hard as it seems.
If you pull off your pattern mixing like a pro, onlookers will be stunned by your fashion prowess. But if you fuck it up, you'll have a hot mess on your hands and there'll be so much side eye you won't know what to do. So when it comes to trying out this advanced but very attainable style move, keep these 3 things in mind.
1. The patterns shouldn't fight each other.
Make sure your shirt and blazer (or shirt and sweater OR whatever combo you're working with) aren't engaged in battle on your chest. If your shirt is gingham, don't wear a gingham blazer (unless you're purposely trying to make people laugh). And also, if your blazer is plaid, you shouldn't wear a paisley shirt. Your patterns should complement each other. Try out a gingham shirt (like the performance fabric, iron-free Mizzen+Main one I'm wearing here) with a subtle, horizontally striped blazer. The two patterns are geometrically different, and the busy shirt pattern is mellowed out by the simplicity of the blazer.
2. Both pieces should not be the same color.
Pulling opposing patterns from the same color family will make you look like the victim of a bad wallpaper job. Mix it up! Balance things out by choosing one light and one dark piece.
3. Fit is everything.
Don't get so caught up in your pattern play that you forget about the proper fit. It's best to keep things slim. Because even if you haven't quite landed on a winning duo, the expert fit of each piece will minimize the damage. A blazer or shirt that's a little too baggy will make things so much worse.
Now get to work. Spring is the perfect time to start trying some new looks. Start digging through your warm weather wardrobe so you can test out your newfound mixing knowledge. This season, make sure you turn heads for all the right reasons. And if you want my red gingham Mizzen+Main shirt to your closet, head here.
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