How to Wear Patterns: Men’s Professional Style Tips

Man in bright blue suit with colourful flashy tie

Tip #8: Avoid wearing more than one heavy pattern at a time. 

When it comes to fashion, one of the keys to looking sharp and stylish is knowing how to mix and match patterns. However, this can also be one of the most challenging aspects of putting together an outfit which is why we want to give you a simple rundown. Too many patterns can quickly become overwhelming and look cluttered. But, if done right, wearing different patterns can elevate your style and make you look more put-together and sophisticated. 

Pattern Pro 

So, how do you mix patterns like a pro? The key is to start with a focal point and build your outfit around it. For example, if you're wearing a bold plaid suit or blazer, keep the rest of your outfit simple and neutral. A solid-colored dress shirt and a solid-colored tie will complement the plaid pattern perfectly. 

On the other hand, if you want to add a pop of pattern to your outfit, opt for a dress shirt with a subtle check pattern or a paisley bow tie. When it comes to mixing patterns, it's important to strike a balance between bold and neutral. You don't want to overdo it with colors and patterns, or you'll risk looking cluttered and overwhelming. 

Man in brown plaid suit and yellow vest and bowtie

Pattern Size 

Another way to mix patterns is to pair items with different scales. For example, if you're wearing a bold, large-scale plaid pattern like a glen check or windowpane, balance it out with a smaller-scale pattern, such as a polka dot or herringbone dress shirt, tie or pocket square. This will create visual interest without being too overwhelming.  

When choosing patterns, keep in mind the colors you're wearing. For a harmonious look, stick to a color palette that includes complementing or neutral colors. Deep green plaid suit? Go for a light blue shirt, dark grey tie and a tan pocket square. 


Mixing patterns can be a lot of fun, but it's important to do it in a way that's tasteful and timeless. Start with a focal point and build your outfit around it. Stick to a neutral color palette and choose patterns with different scales. And, above all, have fun with it! With these tips, you'll be able to mix patterns like a pro and achieve a sophisticated and stylish look. 


Derek Burbidge - Owner/Founder of Cardero Clothing
In 2014, Derek rented a suit for his wedding only to later discover the advice he received was terrible and the fit of the rentals was way off. After travelling to Thailand and Europe soon after his wedding he was introduced to bespoke clothing and various timeless styles. As a lover of all things men's fashion, he started Cardero Clothing to keep men from making the same mistakes he did. 

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