Mixing Patterns with Confidence

Combining stripes, checks and patterns doesn’t have to make you uneasy

To take the uncertainty out of coordinating patterns, simply respect these rules:

  • Patterns fall into two broad categories: MAJOR (the pattern stands out from 5 feet away or more) and minor (the pattern blends in from less than 5 feet)
  • Your jacket and tie should both be in one pattern category (MAJOR or minor), while your shirt should be in the other category

This gives us two proven pattern-mixing strategies: MAJOR-minor-MAJOR and minor-MAJOR-minor.

It’s as simple as that. Mixing patterns doesn’t have to be intimidating. Just put MAJOR-minor-MAJOR and minor-MAJOR-minor to work for you – and leave the solid blue shirt/navy suit pack behind!

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