September 23, 2009

How to Match Patterns on Shirts, Suits, and Ties

The Art of Matching Patterns
Navy suit, white dress shirt, and striped navy blue tie – the same old look so many men chose when dressing for work. Even if a suit and tie is part of your daily business attire there is no need to make it look like a day-in-and-day-out type of uniform. Instead look for ways to add your own personal touch and a sense of personal style. Learn how to find colors that best compliment your complexion, find cuts that best fit your body type, and learn the art of combining different patterns into one outfit. Once you know some simple principles you will be able to find a new personal look that is unique, but nevertheless fits into any, even the most conservative, office environment. This quick guide will focus on how to match different patterns on suit, shirt, ties, and other accessories.

Matching Patterns for the Beginner
The fewer patterns you try to combine the easier it will be. Therefore, if the idea of combining stripes, checks, paisleys, polka dots, and other patterns into one outfit is something foreign to you, then you may want to start with just two different patterns. A great way to do so is by wearing a pin-striped suit with a solid color dress shirt. Since the tie will be on a solid canvas no special consideration about the tie pattern is needed. You can choose any style or pattern you like as long as the colors harmonize with the rest of your outfit. An alternative option is a solid suit with a patterned dress shirt. Wearing a striped or check pattern dress shirt with a solid suit is a great way to create a new look when dressing on a budget. Best are dress shirts that combine the colors white and blue, or gray and white in form of stripes or checks. These colors will go with almost any suit and will look nice in any season.

Matching Patterns for the Advanced
It is no problem to combine different patterns on shirt, suit, and tie if you follow one simple principle: Mare sure that the patterns are different in size on each clothing item. A good example might be a fine pin-striped suit, a larger checkered dress shirt and a tie with a very fine paisley pattern. Combining multiple patterns on these three clothing items will require a larger wardrobe and may also require a bigger budget. If a suit and tie is part is your daily work attire then you may want to invest in at least 2-3 suits, 7-10 dress shirts, and 10-15 ties.

Matching Patterns for the Suit & Tie Aficionado
Even if you work in a very conservative office environment, there are an endless amount of very exciting options to dress in suit and tie. How about combining four different patterns on suit, shirt, tie, and handkerchief? Again, this is no problem if you follow the principle that those patterns that are in direct contact with one another are different in size. A good example might be: A glen-check pattern suit, narrow striped dress shirt, a necktie with large paisley pattern, and a very fine foulard pattern hanky.

Still not enough? Then learn the art of combining different fabric weaves and different colors. A great starting point is by choosing different footwear, as well as adding more unique accessories such as your belt and your cuff links. We hope this guide was helpful. Next time we will talk about different colors. How to match them, what time if the day and in what season to wear them, and what colors will look best with your complexion.

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