Mens Style: Print Mixing

My first male dedicated post?! Say whaaat… even though fashion ‘rules’ transcend gender. Here are some of the best ways to introduce print mixing into your wardrobe fellas.

The key to a well put together |mixed print| outfit is: contrast and scale, meaning light vs. dark, large vs. small. For example: grey and navy stripes with thick and thin lines, that could be horizontal on top and vertical on bottom. Got it? Cool.

4 Top Patterns to Mix:

  1. Checkered
  2. Stripes
  3. Dots
  4. Prints

In the pictures shown, I styled the men in one of these four patterns, and I adjusted the scale: micro dots with checkered print or an added 5th pattern: texture (knitted tie). Also remember:

Patterns lie in between these 4 main categories, for example Gingham is a checkered print and Seersucker is a striped pattern.

 Match colors, Not prints.

This applies to color schemes, monochromatic colors or color family. For example: navy and plum. The undertones are the same: dark blue. Above, the dotted shirt and knitted tie are pulled together with the plaid vest. Below, the opposing plaid shirt is pulled together by hues of blue and even more so in the textured blue vest.

Break up the look with solids.

Articles of clothing for men that can mix and match solids and prints:

  1. Tops
  2. Ties
  3. Pocket Tie/ Handkerchief
  4. Vests

Just like the blue vest breaks up the busy plaid, you can wear a solid sports coat and/or solid trousers.

Let me know if you try any of these looks fellas.

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