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Stripes and checkers in formal outfits - Alpha Male Nation

Stripes and checkers in formal outfits

A stylish man should always be careful when matching colours and patterns. The most common pattern are stripes and checkers. Continue reading if you want to know more about matching patterns in a way that guarantees a stylish look.

The colors represent the primary level, while the tailoring and the fabric ensure the harmony and naturalness of the outfit. If you want to look as natural as possible and elegant at the same time, we offer some guidelines for matching patterns, taking into consideration the suit, shirt, tie and pocket handkerchief.

Two patterns of the same type

Striped or checkered patterns are the easiest way to learn how to match two identical patterns.

Combining two striped patterns – they must be different in size, otherwise the two patterns will create an optical illusion of movement.

Combining checkered patterns – this requires more skills and therefore is considered a more stylish choice. If you wear such patterns in similar sizes, the resulting effect will be visually tiresome.

Two different patterns

While the combination of two patterns of the same type requires them to differ in size, when you match two different patterns it is necessary for them to be approximately equal in size, in order to create a harmonious outfit.

For a shirt with horizontal stripes, you must choose a tie with patterns of the same size. Otherwise, the shirt will overshadow the tie and they will be out of line.

In case that the tie includes nuances that are also on the shirt, the combination is considered very tasteful.

For a striped shirt and a checkered suit, the distance between the stripes must be equal to the size of the squares. If you are not certain about the size of the second pattern, choose a bigger pattern, rather than a smaller one.

One of the biggest challenges is represented by small patterns, because the outfit may become chaotic. The solution to this problem is to choose a big-sized pattern.

Three types of patterns, two of which are the same

We’ll talk now about two striped patterns and a checkered one or vice verse.

If you choose a striped suit and shirt, the distance between the lines must be different. Choose a checkered pocket handkerchief or tie that matches either one of the two patterns.

If you choose a checkered shirt and suit, the tie must have bigger stripes, in order to match them. The desirable balance between the patterns is ensured by the following combination: big squares, small squares, wide stripes.

Three different patterns

With this combination, style and risk are always hand in hand.

The safest match is based on different sizes, but the differences must be calculated. Let’s say you wear a herringbone pattern, checkered shirt and striped tie.

In order for this combination to be balanced, the sizes of the three patterns must be well-proportioned among each other by maintaining a contrast. Additionally, a certain scale must be observed in the entire outfit. Harmony results from gradualism.

Three patterns of the same type

Wearing three types of checkers or stripes reveals a traditional elegance. Such combinations require patterns of different sizes.

Often, it is simpler to start with a small pattern and work your way up to a bigger one. In case of checkers, start with smaller ones on the shirt, medium-sized on the suit, and big squares on the pocket handkerchief. This rule also applies when wearing stripes. Thus, matching three striped patterns of different sizes, you avoid repetition.

In conclusion, patterns are matched based on size, style and color. Our recommendation is to start with a simple combination: one of the three pieces of outfit must be plain, and the other two with patterns.