4 Simple Style Rules for Mixing Patterns

4 Simple Style Rules for Mixing Patterns

If you often read the blog, you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of mixing patterns. Whether it’s a plaid paired with a polka dot, or a check with a bold paisley, mixing patterns is a great way to show the world you know what you’re doing. With that being said, mastering the art of pattern-mixing can take a bit of practice. However, once you get the hang of it, dressing on a daily basis will become that much easier.

Cavaliere-24To alleviate the headaches of trail and error, I wanted to put together a list of 4 simple tips you should consider when mixing patterns. For this reason, we contacted our friends at RW&CO. for their boldest plaid blazer of the Fall/Winter season, to show you how effortless pattern-mixing can really be.

11. Keep it tonal

One of the easiest ways to mix patterns is through using shades of the same colour. For tonal looks, I think shades of blue work well together. In this look, the blazer is predominantly navy, so for that reason we decided to go with a white and blue check shirt. The shirt not only brightens up the dark blazer, but also keeps the blue story going throughout the outfit.

Cavaliere-102. It’s all about scale

Scale is probably the most important aspect to pattern-mixing. With this look, we are incorporating a plaid and a check as the main patterns. Due to the similar shape of these two patterns, it’s important that the size of each pattern differs. For this reason, I decided to go with a micro-check shirt to pair with the bold plaid in the blazer.

Cavaliere-113. Pair them with neutrals

Now that there are two main patterns in the look, it’s time to tone down the rest of the outfit. Neutral menswear essentials are the best pieces to balance a heavily-patterned outfit. For this outfit, we decided to use this pewter dress pant and a white sneaker to neutralize the outfit and balance the checks on top.

Cavaliere-74. Add some interesting accessories

Accessorizing is one of the best ways to give your outfit some extra style points. One rule of thumb here is to make sure that the pattern of your accessories is not the same print as your main pieces, but is in a similar hue. For this look we incorporated a grey paisley pocket square and a braided belt.


I hope these simple rules help you when putting together a patterned look! For more great patterned-pieces, or to find any of the items above, head over to RW&CO.

Yours truly,

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