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Adding Patterns to Mens Suit

Adding patterns in your wardrobe will give your suits a much needed variety and flare on an otherwise simple collection. Mixing patterns in your wardrobe requires a bit more thought compared to getting a basic solid suit. Incorporating patterns in the suit is considered informal, than the solid suits, thus should be worn only for less formal events. The pinstripe, however, remains as formal wear together with your basic dark suits. In the case of the pattern’s size, large patterns are considered more informal than the small patterns. In addition, patterns in multicolor are regarded more informal than its monochromatic counterpart. This time, the section deals with the varieties of patterns:

Stripe Pattern

As a general principle, vertical stripes should always be the one on suits. With this type, the pinstripe is the most popular type. A blue pinstripe is the most traditional color pattern which more professionals prefer as well. The pinstripe is characterized as narrow vertical stripes usually white or grey in color. For sometime other colored stripes were in use but the classics stood the test of time thereby making a white pinstripe a timeless suit style.

The advantage of the stripe pattern is that it gives the illusion that the wearer is taller than he actually is. The pattern draws attention upwards thus making a portly man seem thinner than he really is. Another type of this pattern is the chalk stripe with wider stripes and regarded as more informal than the pinstripe. While it still gives an illusion of height, the chalk stripe can be unflattering on bigger men as it can emphasize their midsection as well.

Check Pattern

Like the previous pattern, checks come in a variety of styles as well. Checks are generally referred to as any cloth that has vertical and horizontal stripes that cross. Checks are also regarded as informal pattern than the other pattern types. The most popular of the check pattern is the plaid which is also often referred to as tartan. However in Scotland, plaid is characterized by its thick cloth in tartan which is primarily used as blanket or the cloth worn over the shoulder when one is dressed traditionally in a kilt.

Glen Urquhart Check Pattern

Glen Urquhart check or simply glen check is a pattern most likely used check pattern for suits. This check pattern is also referred to as Prince of Wales which has a monochromatic color similar to a tartan. The glen check uses stripes crossing stripes vertically and horizontally that shows a wider check pattern on the cloth. Over the years, glen check has been used primarily for weekend or country wear, thus today it is worn more appropriately as semi-formal wear. In a more conservative working environment, this pattern may not be as welcome as the other patterns, but in any case, most men still consider this pattern as wearable and stylish.

Windowpane Pattern

The windowpane pattern is another type with a wider check giving an effect similar to the checkerboard’s pattern. Suits with a windowpane pattern throughout its cloth aren’t uncommon nowadays, yet this pattern can still be seen in a few sports jackets. This pattern needs a wearer with confidence and self-assurance to be able to pull off this bold style.

Houndstooth and Herringbone Patterns

Houndstooth and herringbone patterns are quiet alike yet there are still a few subtle differences. At first glance, the houndstooth pattern looks similar to a saw blade which is used more in sports jackets than in suits. Meanwhile, the herringbone pattern is characterized as having a V-shaped design or small arrows, a pattern commonly seen in a tweed suit. Herringbone is more commonly used for country wear or winter suits.

Nailhead & Bird’s Eye Pattern

The nailhead and bird’s eye patterns are acceptable in most formal occasions, similar to that of a solid or striped suit. In detail, both patterns are characterized as having small dots that appear in light color against a dark backdrop. 

A suit with a bird’s eye pattern has a woven appearance similar to an Oxford shirt. As a substitute to a  solid cloth for a suit, a fabric with nailhead pattern is an acceptable alternative for most formal gatherings. 

More patterns are regarded as bolder than the ones mentioned above. Other varieties include bolder check types, finely textured madras, paisley pattern, diagonal pattern, as well as diamond patterns or commonly known as argyle. While these patterns are not appropriate on men’s suits, these patterns may well be used in men’s accessories such as socks, ties, or shirts.