One of the questions I get asked a lot is how I put my outfits together. So today I’ve decided to talk a little bit about a few key elements to the perfect combo.
There are 4 important things you should know when it comes to clothing coordination.
Pattern / color / fabric texture / fabric weight.
I'm going to break this into a 4 part tutorial and today we'll focus solely on patterns.
One of the rules for clothing coordination is the 2-1 rule: "Two Solids and One pattern” meaning that of the three pieces—Suit, shirt and tie—two of them should be plain solid and the third should be patterned.
For example, if you wear a solid suit and a solid shirt, you should avoid wearing a solid tie. But, if you wear a striped shirt, it’s better to wear a solid tie and a solid suit.
This is a good rule to follow if you're just starting build your wardrobe, but as you get better at it you can experiment and get more creative.
You can certainly mix two or more patterns, just make sure the colors go together, and the patterns are not too similar. For example with a check shirt would look great with a small patterned tie. And brighter or bolder patterns should be paired with subtle ones. Keep in mind that suit patterns, such as a pinstripe or a subtle plaid, work almost like solids since they can't be seen from afar.
Now it's time to test your pattern mixing skills.
This is the first step to mastering clothing coordination. Part 2. of this tutorial will be about color. Join my newsletter if you'd like to be updated on when it goes live.
I hope that this was helpful. Leave a comment/question or suggestions on what you'd like me to talk about next