STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Well Played Patterns

For longtime style experts, mixing and matching patterns isn’t a new trend. Without surprise the look finds its way on the runway almost every season. Both men and women have jumped on board with this trend by taking it out on the streets and adjusting it to their own personal style.

This Fashionisto takes classy casual onto a whole new level. His style approved apparel perfectly intertwines a range of patterns including a horizontal striped cardigan, a polka-dot tie and a windowpane blazer. Although the patterns may be total opposites, the pieces complement each other from the commonality of the cool toned color palate.

It’s true that most people tend to shy away from mixing patterns because they may fear the outfit will clash or look odd. When using multiple patterns in a look, it’s good to have something that unifies the patterns together — whether it be a texture or color scheme. Another tip would be to make sure that the patterns aren’t competing against one another. For example, two large patterned pieces probably wouldn’t stand out as much as a small patterned and larger patterned piece matched together. The contrast in pattern sizes helps navigate the viewers eyes and makes the look more visually appealing.

Depending on how you choose to style this playful patterned trend, it’s wearable for almost any occasion. Be creative and have fun with it!

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Don’t be afraid to mix and match multiple patterns. The variety can add depth and playfulness to an outfit.”