A Little Mix Goes A Long Way
Your WFH-wear is probably a mix of solid knits (sweats, sweaters and t-shirt) and not too many patterned dress shirts (how we miss the days of office wear– maybe). So, take this as a prime opportunity to experiment with some pieces in your wardrobe and flex your style muscle in your next Zoom meeting by showing off your pattern mixing skills.
This post features a look that mixes stripes and windowpane. Don’t worry, we’ll break down how to make this work without giving you a headache.
A Story Of Proportions
Let’s address the multi-striped elephant in the room, yes, mixing this many patterns can be scary and break all the “rules” of menswear. Step one, if you’re bound by the rules, you’ll never grow (in any facet of life), especially when it comes to your personal style. So, let have a moment of growth and check out a few steps to mixing stripes for your next style upgrade.
- Shirt color is key: a striped shirt in too deep or bold of a color can be hard to mix. Opt for something softer in color with a faint striped pattern.
- Scale Is Next: the idea of scale with mixing stripes has been mentioned on the site many times, but the concept can still be daunting. For example, the stripe on the tie is larger in scale than the stripe of the shirt in this look. Making the tie the focal point of this combination, while letting the shirt almost seem solid.
- Color: finding complementary colors will make this easy for you. Brown and blue are a classic color combo and the pop of green adds more depth to the entire look
- Grounding Agent: the navy blazer pulls the upper portion of this look together. Remember, there is a time for restraint & refinement especially when your stepping outside of your style comfort zone.
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM