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3 Ways To Weave Classic Patterns Into Your Work Week

Itís time you tick this pattern off your checklist.

BY Mhd Alif | Apr 29, 2016 | Fashion

Wool, linen and silk jacket by Gieves & Hawkes; cotton shirt by Cerruti 1881; cotton tie and cotton and silk pocket square, both by Suitsupply.

Patterns can be scary. For most men out there, mention any other colour combination other than the holy triad (navy, grey and white) and you'll start to see apprehensive faces. Mention "patterns" and watch as their anxious faces melt into sheer horror.

But breathe easy, we’ve got you covered on this one. Three times over actually, to be precise. This week, we’ll show you how to wear and pair checks, using three different checked shirts (in different check widths and styles). From fancy to fuss-free, you’ll soon have this aced.

1 | Play with contrasting colours

Cotton and silk jacket by Gieves & Hawkes; cotton shirt and cotton pocket square, both by Suitsupply; silk tie by dunhill.


We’ve all got a navy blazer somewhere in our wardrobe. Liven things up by pairing it with a checked shirt in contrasting colour (this one here is actually made up of interesting interconnecting dots that form a checked pattern). The dual tone combination of blue and orange is present throughout in the burnt orange edging of the pocket square, and also within the shirt. With checks this small, a blue tie with large dots rounds things off nicely.

2 | Match checks with textures

Cotton and silk jacket by Gieves & Hawkes; cotton shirt and cotton pocket square, both by Suitsupply; silk tie by dunhill.


Bright colours and big patterns are for the  casual crew. When there’s too much going on, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb for the wrong reasons. So tone things down—that means microchecks which appear as a single block of colour from afar, but showcase their complexity up close. A textured tie and jacket topped of with a contrast-edged pocket square completes this look.

3 | Riff it up

Wool, linen and silk jacket, silk, linen and cotton tie, and cotton pocket square, all by Suitsupply; cotton shirt by Gieves & Hawkes.


Get creative and play with colours and patterns. The interplay of Paiseley with checks (we’re past the beginner stage here) makes this immediately an interesting outfit. But it is the subtle interplay of proportions (none of the colours or patterns used overpower each other), which lends the look an air of sartorial nonchalance.