Master Pattern Mixology (Part 2)
Just to summarize Part 1 of this blogpost: What did I talk about?
(I talked about 3 main categories and guidelines. I touched on Suits Mixing vs Suit Jackets/Blazer with different trousers, and of course I talked about the Rules).
Now, it’s time to continue this blogpost and dive deeper and talk about Arts and Science of Mixing.
In my opinion suits have made getting dressed so much easier, that is because you don’t have to think of trousers and jackets having different patterns. Less work, less thinking = easy to mix.
Here is what I want you to consider: Wearing suit jacket, separate from your trousers. I want to clarify that I’m not saying to wear different color or pattern suit jacket with different color or pattern trousers and leave your home. NO, NO, NO… if you do this kind of Mixing, you must look sharp and put together.
Before getting into HOW to master pattern mixing with with suit separates, let me touch on WHY you should consider Suit Separates in the first place.
Why am I telling you to consider this? This is because I know as a fact, wearing Suit Separate is a secret of a true stylish man. I was not really given the gift of mixing patterns (well, maybe little HAHA), I learned everything by making baby steps and making mistakes.
Unless you own a walk- in-wardrobe which is the size of my living room, and its filled with clothes of different style and color, you will sometimes feel lost and feel like you have Nothing To Wear.
- I have talked about this in couple of my blogs before: Plan your outfit in advance, at least night before.
- Build a classic wardrobe with few key pieces. Good quality navy or gray suit which can be worn with solid/patterned dress shirt without looking repetitive. This might be good easy start.
- Make your clothing interchangeable. Each piece you own should match majority of the complementary items in your wardrobe. (ex. If you own a blue dress shirt or a navy suit jacket that matches 8 out of 10 pairs or trousers/jeans is INTERCHANGEABLE. Similarly, a red dress shirt, red Jacket, and pink pinstripe suit are not INTERCHANGEABLE, because you can hardly match them with more than 1-2 items in your wardrobe). Think of it this was if your wardrobe contains 60% classic interchangeable pieces, YOU WILL BE IN GOOD SHAPE. Remember: the higher the percentage of compatibility, the better it is.
- When you think about which suit to separate, you can mix any part of the suit as long as you follow basic rules. So, this does not mean that anything in your wardrobe can be put together as suit separate. this especially true if you are trying to wear pinstripe suits separately, as the beauty of pinstripe is keeping the lines cascade from top to bottom. Solid dark suits such as charcoal and navy are the items to experiment if you want to start your transformation.
- Recombining suit separates is the practice that is both an art and a science. There are some rules of course, but also a lot depends on your creativity and personal tasty style.
- Combining solids and patterns is the easiest approach to suit separates. It simplifies the choice and brings out the exact amount of contrast.
- Solids on solids does not violate any rules (solid gray jacket with with navy trousers), it just does not look interesting.
- Wearing two patterns, on the other hand is quite loud look. However, if you are wearing it, make sure to go for a contrast such as windowpane against checks to clearly differentiate two patterns.
At the end, what I want to say is that no matter what you decide to mix and match make sure you follow these rules and don’t forget to focus on the fit.
Wearing suit separates is all about playing with colors and patterns, however, the rule of thumb is to style it correctly to look sharp and well put together. Don’t forget about perfect dress shoes and accessories.
Thank you for reading,