Master Pattern Mixology (Part 2)

Just to summarize Part 1 of this blogpost: What did I talk about?

(I talked about 3 main categories and guidelines. I touched on Suits Mixing vs Suit Jackets/Blazer with different trousers, and of course I talked about the Rules).

Now, it’s time to continue this blogpost and dive deeper and talk about Arts and Science of Mixing.

In my opinion suits have made getting dressed so much easier, that is because you don’t have to think of trousers and jackets having different patterns. Less work, less thinking = easy to mix.

Here is what I want you to consider: Wearing suit jacket, separate from your trousers. I want to clarify that I’m not saying to wear different color or pattern suit jacket with different color or pattern trousers and leave your home. NO, NO, NO… if you do this kind of Mixing, you must look sharp and put together.

Before getting into HOW to master pattern mixing with with suit separates, let me touch on WHY you should consider Suit Separates in the first place.

Why am I telling you to consider this? This is because I know as a fact, wearing Suit Separate is a secret of a true stylish man. I was not really given the gift of mixing patterns (well, maybe little HAHA), I learned everything by making baby steps and making mistakes.

Unless you own a walk- in-wardrobe which is the size of my living room, and its filled with clothes of different style and color, you will sometimes feel lost and feel like you have Nothing To Wear.

  1. I have talked about this in couple of my blogs before: Plan your outfit in advance, at least night before.
  2. Build a classic wardrobe with few key pieces. Good quality navy or gray suit which can be worn with solid/patterned dress shirt without looking repetitive. This might be good easy start.
  3. Make your clothing interchangeable. Each piece you own should match majority of the complementary items in your wardrobe. (ex. If you own a blue dress shirt or a navy suit jacket that matches 8 out of 10 pairs or trousers/jeans is INTERCHANGEABLE. Similarly, a red dress shirt, red Jacket, and pink pinstripe suit are not INTERCHANGEABLE, because you can hardly match them with more than 1-2 items in your wardrobe). Think of it this was if your wardrobe contains 60% classic interchangeable pieces, YOU WILL BE IN GOOD SHAPE. Remember: the higher the percentage of compatibility, the better it is.
  4. When you think about which suit to separate, you can mix any part of the suit as long as you follow basic rules. So, this does not mean that anything in your wardrobe can be put together as suit separate. this especially true if you are trying to wear pinstripe suits separately, as the beauty of pinstripe is keeping the lines cascade from top to bottom. Solid dark suits such as charcoal and navy are the items to experiment if you want to start your transformation.
  5. Recombining suit separates is the practice that is both an art and a science. There are some rules of course, but also a lot depends on your creativity and personal tasty style.
  • Combining solids and patterns is the easiest approach to suit separates. It simplifies the choice and brings out the exact amount of contrast.
  • Solids on solids does not violate any rules (solid gray jacket with with navy trousers), it just does not look interesting.
  • Wearing two patterns, on the other hand is quite loud look. However, if you are wearing it, make sure to go for a contrast such as windowpane against checks to clearly differentiate two patterns.

At the end, what I want to say is that no matter what you decide to mix and match make sure you follow these rules and don’t forget to focus on the fit.

Wearing suit separates is all about playing with colors and patterns, however, the rule of thumb is to style it correctly to look sharp and well put together. Don’t forget about perfect dress shoes and accessories.

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Thank you for reading,

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    First of all, I just can’t stop smiling as you end your extremely well stated post with these amazing photos of you in the most elegant style imaginable. And that adorable smile…but I digress. Sticking to the lesson, I love how you stated that you can just put on any jacket and any type of pants and then leave the house. No. There is some thought that most go into it and you explained very clearly how to execute an original, yet streamlined look. I love the idea of having a core outfit and a woman could do the same, of course including a shift dress and pencil skirts to the suit separates. Always a pleasure to visit your blog! Thank you so much for the inspiration. Xo

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      thank you so much Jenn

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    These are all such practical and useful styling tips for mixing patterns. I don’t wear suits often. In fact I prefer separates because I get to mix and match. I’ll definitely keep these rules in mind when I get dressed!

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      Thank you buddy, means a lot

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    I love the suit separates and playing with colors and patterns. You always look so great and are a wonderful example how great suit separates are. Wonderful post Eric, great tips.
    Happy Sunday!

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      Thank you so much

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    Such a great feature Erick, it’s such a nice read covering how to build a wardrobe that lasts! I also love your first rule, it’s something I’ve always lived by and actually plan my outfits two weeks in advance!

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      Thats the best rule . i appreciate it buddy

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    Such a great article! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    I so agree about less thinking and less work! My best outfits come together when I just put on what I feel like that moment! Of course it’s different about suits. Love all the different patterns!

    LAOFTKA x

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      Thank you for reading

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    As always, a fun and super informative post. You are the true master of pattern mixology when it comes to your wardrobe, Eric. I’m already looking forward to your next post…

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      thank you so much buddy

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    These are great tips again! I think all men should wear more suits because it looks so stylish, especially when you mix it like you do.
    Great post.
    X

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      i appreciate you reading it and compliments

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    I finally made it to your blog (yay!) and am going to “stay” for sure :). All these are great tips even though you were talking about men’s fashion. That planning your outfit ahead of time is the key but I always failed to do so… that’s why I always rush every morning haha. Mixing patterns is also something I love to explore more. I must say I love all the outfits you shared in this post.

    xo,
    Jo
    http://www.glamfashionbook.com

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      thank you so so much 🙂

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    Oh your blog is a real must-read for all men!!
    So happy to read you!

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      thank you so much

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    See, once again you’ve taught me something I didn’t know before! Absolutely love what you’ve done here and the pictures are so classy! But then again, you are all about being classy, my friend! This just goes to prove my point, haha. Thanks for teaching me new stuff all the time!

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      huge thanks for compliments and reading buddy

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      thank you Tina 🙂

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    Looking so sharp, key pieces are always the key lol.

    xx

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    I always enjoy your photos and how you mix the patterns in all your outfits! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    As always, a great and super informative post. You are the master of pattern mixology!
    I really adore your “dapperness” ( is this a real word? :D)

    x frank

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      thank you so much

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    All those looks are extremely smart! those suits choices are just perfect!

    madcat.fashion

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    I’m obsessed with this look! Especially, with the jacket! It is so amazing!

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