Pattern Mixing and Matching: What To Wear


Pattern mixing and matching can definitely be an overwhelming process, which can often lead to opting for a boring combination. Trust me, I have to plan four outfits on Sunday nights for my weekly work travels. Through that process, I've definitely been able to streamline the process by following one simple rule: 1 bold, 2 solids.

I mix and match easily by following the 1 bold, 2 solids rule. There are variations to this rule that you can adapt as you become more comfortable mixing and matching. Let’s break down the following three combinations all featuring products.

Combination #1: Tailor Store windowpane suit paired with a gray shirt and a very bold pink linen tie. This combination follows the rule: the tie is the 'one bold'. Although the blazer is technically windowpane, the fact that the windowpane pattern is pattern is large helps tone the look down. This allows the characteristics of each to work together instead of clashing. If I were wearing a very bold windowpane blazer with the bold pink tie, it would come off as too bold. I also toned down this blazer and tie with the solid gray shirt.

Combination #2: A Tailor Store blazer paired with a bold gingham shirt and a solid silk knit tie. The black Tailor Store blazer has a light, wide windowpane pattern, which allows it to be paired with a patterned gingham shirt. The silk knit tie does have a texture to it, but it’s a tighter pattern than the others. I paired this combination with a solid color dress chino so I could wear a great pair of monk straps.


Combination #3: A casual Tailor Store combination with a bold blue blazer paired with a navy blue polo and a light pair of chinos. Matching patterns is much easier when a tie is not involved in the process. The bold blazer is a linen blend, so in this case the texture is the ‘bold pattern’. I also went with a pair of bold loafers since are several solids in this outfit. If I wore these tan loafers with the bold suit above, it would probably be too much.


To recap, 1 bold pattern and 2 solid patterns. To include patterns, just make sure the patterns differ enough (e.g. see above for the wide windowpane blazer, gingham shirt, and very fine textured knit tie).


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