Master Pattern Mixology
As I promised in my last blogpost “Must have For Men”, I will talk about pattern mixing because I face this problem every day and I wanted to dedicate this blog to talk about mixology. Well, not the bartender type, although it wouldn’t be a bad idea.
I will be talking about Pattern Mixology rules and guidelines that will help some to learn something and some to just hear a different point of view.
Pattern-mixing can be very tricky at times, but I promise I will make it easy and simplify it for you.
Here are the three guidelines to follow and then I will break down and simplify them:
- Three main categories here: 1) check/plaids 2) stripes 3) prints like (polka dots, paisleys, wild animals. If you try to imagine and combine these patterns together they counterbalance each other.
- Very important to pay close attention to the size of the pattern. They should at a different scale if you are trying to combine them. Example: if you are wearing plaid pattern Blazer, under any circumstances your trousers should be Glen Check or Prince of Wales Check. This will just mess everything up. This also applies to the shirts which leads me to the 3rd
- When you are doing a pattern mixing, you must distribute the weight appropriately. The three patterns should be different levels of “boldness” and “loudness”. So what I mean by that: one pattern in your look should not be noticeable (for exp: Shirt). Other one should be more conservative; evident but not overpowering (for exp: Tie). And one should be a little bold and flashy, within reason of course (for exp: Suit). This is never in this same order, you can always play around with what is bolder and flashier in your outfit.
In general Suits are much easier to do mixology with, however, it becomes very hard when you try to do Suit Jacket or Sports Blazer with different trousers. In my opinion, that is the hardest and any one mastering that, can pretty much master it all in term of pattern mixology.
Of course nowadays, everyone is trying to be loud and think that being loud is making a statement. Guess what, I have some bad news, if you are not mixing it right or trying to do too much; it’s not not called loud and fancy or making a statement, it’s called UGLY with no taste at all.
Here is Rule Number 1 – for beginners – pick one loud item (Blazer) and think of how you can have this Blazer stand out without taking anything away from it. (FYI – I can always be reached if any assistance is needed)
For people who already graduated from beginner’s level, get little more creative and pick 2 items that you want to stand out and make a statement. Example: Suit and tie or Blazer and Tie.
Rule Number 2 – never pick 3 items to stand out, because the outcome of that will be going back to UGLY.
Rule Number 3 – never skip a step. Its ok to be a beginner, because all of us have been there. You must graduate from beginner’s level in order to move on. Think of it like Marshal Arts, you can’t just go and get a black belt. You must graduate each level to become a master of style and pattern mixology.
Bonus Tip – it’s all about mindset and thinking of it as an Art.
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