When it comes to patterning, being brave is key. We’re here to help you tastefully choose the right patterns for you and teach you how to wear them so you don’t look like you’ve raided the dress up box.
Just like a long lost friend or that rogue neck hair that continually reappears, florals have slowly made their way back into our style conscious. Far from being feminine and synonymous with a 70’s look, florals are edging their way into a street-wear style as well as contemporary work wear and race day aesthetic.
Types of floral patterns
Mini-geo florals: A dapper choice for those who aren’t ready to be in full bloom, or are looking for something a little more formal. Mini-geo florals are marked by a tessellating pattern and squared edges. From a distance this pattern doesn’t look like florals at all, more like an optical illusion.
Large florals: The equivalent of walking into room a followed by a marching band, large florals are bold, loud and the best kind of attention seeking. This type of floral pattern often wraps around the garment and is illustrative. Sometimes created with a simple tonal colouration, they can involve everything from tropical, foliage based designs to roses and more vintage based designs
How to wear florals
Florals have their place in your wardrobe from work through to weekend. Pairing a mini-geo floral shirt with a blue suit, brown brogues and a pocket square or plain skinny tie is a workwear look that can be taken to Friday night drinks.
A race day essential, look for a loud floral shirt (in deeper colours like reds and blues) that you can tone down with taupe chinos and a light blue blazer. Finishing the look with a straw fedora is fresh and modern.
Gingham makes us think of picnics in the sunshine, days spent on yachts on the harbour and all the other good things the warmer weather has to bring. This classic pattern is a fresh option for the modern businessman, adding a clean and crisp look to your 9-5 style.
Types of gingham patterns
Miniature: Smaller gingham patterns are a refined workwear look that can be readily mixed with striped ties and patterned pocket squares. A small gingham pattern should also be the choice for accessories.
Large: Adding a modern preppiness to your look, larger gingham patterns are a feature unto themselves. This type of gingham looks best on shirts and shorts (avoid wearing them together like some kind of gingham jumpsuit).
How to wear gingham
Gingham shirts are the modern businessman’s best friend. When wearing large gingham shirts, opt for a navy or cobalt blue colour that can be paired with a blue or charcoal suit and a bold red tie. Weekends allow you to experiment with colours like mauve and spearmint pairing these gingham shirts with cuffed taupe chinos and boat shoes.
Miniature gingham patterns look great on pocket squares, wider ties and bow ties, adding a touch of patterning to your formal look. Avoid bright colours when it comes to these gingham patterned accessories and look for steely greys, and deep mauve tones.
Spring and summer styling wouldn’t be the same without stripes! The essence of a nautical look, stripes instantly freshen your style and are a safe pattern to play around with. They create strong lines that are great for masculine styling and can be worn day to night.
Types of stripe patterns
Large statement stripes: A bolder choice, statement stripes are wider, thicker and more prominent in business styling. A feature of the look, they can still be styled with a tie or pocket square.
Nautical: Just like David Attenborough, nautical stripes are universally loved by all. The simple interchange of navy and white in a horizontal fashion speaks to days spent at the beach, drinking beers by sunset and general good vibes.
Graduated: Graduated stripes are sharp and modern. From simple and refined (3 stripes across the chest) to more dramatic graduating stripes, non-symmetrical stripes patterns can break up your look.
How to wear stripes
When styling stripes, keep it simple. A striped nautical t-shirt with chino shorts and boat shoes can be finished with a woven man-bracelet for a laid-back weekend look.
Statement stripes work best on business shirts. Wide stripes should involve one colour alongside white for a modern look. Look for pink, plum and blue tones that can be styled with a block-colour tie and a light grey suit.
Uneven or graduated stripes are your ticket to sharp styling with a modern edge. These stripes work best in a horizontal fashion across long sleeve cotton tees, lightweight jumpers and short sleeve button-down shirts. Style these tops with skinny jeans in a light denim wash or taupe chino shorts.
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