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  • What's up, guys? I'm Brian Sacawa. You're watching He Spoke Style.

  • Today we're talking about three simple rules for mixing patterns.

  • Okay, so patterns are one of those things about menswear that really make it so much fun.

  • And also one of those things that has the ability to add a lot to an outfit.

  • However, wearing patterns can be a little tricky, especially if you are trying to mix different kinds of patterns.

  • It takes a little bit of thought and planning, but if you use these three rules, you will be mixing patterns like a pro.

  • Okay, the first rule for mixing patterns is: you do not talk about mixing patterns.

  • No, the first rule for mixing patterns is to choose two different types of patterns.

  • Now, in terms of patterns in menswear, they basically come in three different flavors.

  • You have stripes, you have dots, and you have checks.

  • Now, there is obviously a wide spectrum within those families.

  • But the best thing to do is to choose two: a stripe and a dot; a check and a stripe; a dot and a check.

  • Now, can you mix patterns within the same family? Yes, but that is a topic we'll cover in another video.

  • Next rule is to vary the size of the pattern.

  • Now, the name of the game when it comes to pattern mixing, is to make things complementary.

  • And pattern size is how you do that.

  • Make sure that the scales of the patterns are different. Now, this is something you can exaggerate, like this.

  • Or that you can do with a little more subtlety, which is what I typically prefer.

  • Third rule is to make sure that you have one pattern that is bolder and one pattern that is more subtle.

  • If you had two bold patterns, for example. They're going to be competing with each other.

  • And that's going to create a very big clash.

  • As you can see, the jacket I'm wearing has a check pattern, but it's on the more subtle side.

  • Now, the tie, on the other hand, has a very big and bold stripe.

  • That's going to draw your eye to the tie and make it the focal point of the whole outfit.

  • Okay, just to sum up quickly. The three rules for pattern mixing are as follows.

  • Choose two different types of patterns.

  • Vary the size.

  • And have one pattern bolder, while the other one is more subtle.

  • Now, remember that these rules, like all rules of style, are just guidelines.

  • Just because something meets this criteria doesn't necessarily mean it's going to work in practice.

  • As always, you want to use these rules as a starting point, but you should always go by feel and instinct, as well.

  • The only hard and fast rule of style, in my opinion, is that if it looks right, it is right.

  • And if it doesn't look right or doesn't feel right to you, it's not right.

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  • And until next time, thanks for watching and stay tailored.

What's up, guys? I'm Brian Sacawa. You're watching He Spoke Style.

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