Essential Clothing Patterns You Should Try


argyle

You’ve seen various photos of outfits and, some of them incorporated some awesome patterns. But have you ever wondered which patterns are considered to be stylish?

I made a small list of prints you should definitely hunt for the next time you go shopping.

You won’t find all patterns in stores, some of them are rare. But if you do, and if that particular fashion item suits you, go ahead and buy it. Don’t be afraid of wearing patterns and don’t make the mistake of thinking that some of those prints “make you look old”. That’s simply not true.

If you want to look fresh and, possibly, younger, add some color and accessories into your outfit. Or, add a second print. Your choice.

So here’s the essential list of prints, in alphabetical order.

Argyle

argyle

Baja stripes

baja stripes

Burberry (a type of tartan)

burberry check

Camouflage

camouflage

Checks (tattersall, plaid, pincheck, mini-check, graph check etc.)

plaid

Fair Isle

fair isle

Fishbone (Herringbone)

fishbone

Floral

floral

Geometric

geometric

Gingham (a type of plaid)

Gingham

Glen check

glen check

Houndstooth

houndstooth

Native

native

Paisley (a type of floral)

paisley

photo: sodaheaad.com

Pinstripe

pinstriped suit texture

Polka dots

polka dots

photo: wholesale-fabric-discount-store.com

Stripes

stripes

horizontal stripes

Tartan (a type of plaid)

tartan

The next step? Well, if you’re already thinking how to wear more than one pattern at a time, let me direct you to a previous article where I posted some excellent photos I found on the Internet from an old book that show how to match multiple patterns.

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4 Comments

  1. August 6, 2012

    I’m coming round to the glory of gingham! Very different to the bigger checked-shirts that seem to be in fashion. I’ll be pairing it with a tie in a block colour. Do you have any gingham pieces? Or any particular preferences for gingham?

  2. August 7, 2012

    Hey James,

    No gingham yet, I couldn’t find any in the 2 malls we have here (strange). I’m the proud owner of 2 houndstooth shirts which seem to make a colleague of mine dizzy (heh).

    Agreed, the larger the print (checks in this case), the more casual. Micro-ckecks will always look better.

  3. August 8, 2012

    @George I’ve seen houndstooth in coats – and the houndstooth pattern is quite big. If your shirts make your colleague dizzy is the pattern quite small?

    I think I’d prefer the houndstooth if it was small (again perhaps more formal?)

    Thanks for the reply – and I enjoy the site!

  4. August 11, 2012

    Yeah, they’re small on both my shrits.

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