Master Pattern Mixology

As I promised in my last blogpost “Must have For Men”, I will talk about pattern mixing because I face this problem every day and I wanted to dedicate this blog to talk about mixology. Well, not the bartender type, although it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

I will be talking about Pattern Mixology rules and guidelines that will help some to learn something and some to just hear a different point of view.

Pattern-mixing can be very tricky at times, but I promise I will make it easy and simplify it for you.

Here are the three guidelines to follow and then I will break down and simplify them:

  1. Three main categories here: 1) check/plaids 2) stripes 3) prints like (polka dots, paisleys, wild animals. If you try to imagine and combine these patterns together they counterbalance each other.
  2. Very important to pay close attention to the size of the pattern. They should at a different scale if you are trying to combine them. Example: if you are wearing plaid pattern Blazer, under any circumstances your trousers should be Glen Check or Prince of Wales Check. This will just mess everything up. This also applies to the shirts which leads me to the 3rd
  3. When you are doing a pattern mixing, you must distribute the weight appropriately. The three patterns should be different levels of “boldness” and “loudness”. So what I mean by that: one pattern in your look should not be noticeable (for exp: Shirt). Other one should be more conservative; evident but not overpowering (for exp: Tie). And one should be a little bold and flashy, within reason of course (for exp: Suit). This is never in this same order, you can always play around with what is bolder and flashier in your outfit.

In general Suits are much easier to do mixology with, however, it becomes very hard when you try to do Suit Jacket or Sports Blazer with different trousers. In my opinion, that is the hardest and any one mastering that, can pretty much master it all in term of pattern mixology.

Of course nowadays, everyone is trying to be loud and think that being loud is making a statement. Guess what, I have some bad news, if you are not mixing it right or trying to do too much; it’s not not called loud and fancy or making a statement, it’s called UGLY with no taste at all.

Here is Rule Number 1  for beginners – pick one loud item (Blazer) and think of how you can have this Blazer stand out without taking anything away from it. (FYI – I can always be reached if any assistance is needed)

For people who already graduated from beginner’s level, get little more creative and pick 2 items that you want to stand out and make a statement. Example: Suit and tie or Blazer and Tie.

Rule Number 2 – never pick 3 items to stand out, because the outcome of that will be going back to UGLY.

Rule Number 3 – never skip a step. Its ok to be a beginner, because all of us have been there. You must graduate from beginner’s level in order to move on. Think of it like Marshal Arts, you can’t just go and get a black belt. You must graduate each level to become a master of style and pattern mixology.

Bonus Tip – it’s all about mindset and thinking of it as an Art.

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    I love this post-Eric! I always wanted to learn how men style their outfits when it comes to mixing patterns and you definitely has taught me how. Also, I love all these outfits, especially, the first and second, my favorite! thanks for sharing These steps.

    Xx, Gina

    http://www.artsyrunway.com

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      I appreciate you taking time to read it

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    I found this very useful! Even as a woman, these guidelines are so helpful. I agree about choosing one loud item and it is so important to pay attention to the scale of the patterns you are using to put a outfit together. I love how you choose such great pieces here that would be fine on their own but together make an extraordinary, artful outfit !

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      Thank you so much Jenn. You are so kind

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    Such a great article about pattern mixology. I love all your looks and agree that we should think if it as an art. Can’t wait for the second part. Have a great day Eric.

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      Thank you so Much Leila

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    You truly are a master at mastering patterns and this post taught me a lot. You know me, Eric, I’m not a huge fan of rules and usually just people to screw them, but this time I agree with you. Patterns mixed in the wrong way are just screaming UGLY just as you said. Oh, and not that it has to do with patterns per se, but I cannot think of anything more tacky or ugly than a white suit, tuxedo or the alike. There are like 3 people on this earth who can pull that off.
    Looking forward for second part buddy!
    Thomas

    http://www.thomasfalkenstedt.com

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      Thank you so much buddy. I agree, there are only few that can pull that off.

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    You did such a good job mixing patterns/prints in a very dapper way. These are all great tips, too! I’d love to see you do a mixed print look with a more casual angle. Now that would be great!

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      I will deff do that buddy. thank you

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      I appreciate it.

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    Hey Bro !

    Thank you for sharing this ! Let me tell you that all the details are perfect! This is the style I like ! I will follow your advices and try to get this ASAP !

    Happy holidays !

    Charlie

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      Many many thanks buddy

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    Best pattern rule book ever! Showed it to my boyfriend who now has this page bookmarked 😉

    LAFOTKA

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      wow. I appreciate it. I am glad I can Help

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    Let me tell you that I loved every single piece of this look!

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      Thank you so much

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    Hello my dear friend Eric!!!
    So much impressed by your knowledge for styling… very interesting post. Waiting for more… 🙂 have a great weekend

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    You always look so smart. Those clothes look like were designed for you !!!

    madcat.fashion

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      I truly appreciate it

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    Pattern mixing can definitely be tricky, thanks for sharing.

    xx

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      Thank you so much

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    Hi Eric! I think a post about pattern mixing while you’re also showing us how to mix a drink would be awesome haha. Take your photoshoot to the bar next time 😉 Also, I think my favorite look is the second one. Something about a man in an open collar black shirt is just so flattering! Your tips on mixing prints is so spot on and works well for women too. Great tips for sharing with my guy friends when we go shopping!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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      Thank you so much. That is deff an amazing idea. I will be looking into that.

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    Love your tips and outfits, you have a great style!!

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      Thank you Thank you

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    Meravigliosi tutti questi outfit… molto eleganti ma allo stesso tempo quel tocco giusto è particolare… e che classe nel tuo portamento???

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      Thank you 🙂

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    It really isn’t that easy to combine/mix pattern
    but you’re really a pro when it comes to dapper style!!
    Thank you!

    xx frank

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      Thank you so much buddy. I appreciate it

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    Great tips and you look always great! I like the first tie so much!

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      Thank you so much

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    Eric, i’m quickly becoming your biggest fan. Everything you do, you do so well. Great tips here on pattern mixing! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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      Many thanks buddy

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    Thank you for these rules!
    To tell the truth, I always fail with matching patterns: )

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      You are Welcome

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    I love all of the looks! Very stylish!

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    It’s so incredible how amazing you look everytime! These tips are great and I love the tie in the first photo <3
    X

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