Driving the speed limit. Going to the doctor. Waiting for your coffee to cool down before you drink it. Doing all of these things in life will keep you safe. Safe can be great and safe can be comfortable. But, wouldn’t it be nice to step out of the safety zone for a change? Start small, and start with a new suit — a patterned suit! While patterns can send some guys running for the menswear hills, we’ll show you just how unscary (and flattering) patterns can be.
The Pinstripes: Just Getting Your Feet Wet
For those that are still wary of a pattern, a classic pinstripe suit is the best way to venture into patterns. The great thing about vertical pinstripes is the way they create a slimming a sleek look to your suit. It can be worn by someone of any height or build. One thing to be aware of is the size of the pinstripe. For a more formal look, go for a thin stripe. If you want something a little bolder, a thicker stripe will work, but try to keep it as monochromatic (think tone-on-tone) as possible to avoid the “clown on stilts” look.
The Plaids: Not Just For Hipsters Anymore
The great thing about plaid is that it is sort of a “catch-all” term meaning intersecting lines. Plaids are probably the most versatile pattern in menswear, so generally speaking, there’s a plaid for everyone. Plaids can be a great, eye-catching look that will take you from office to after-work drinks without looking too stuffy at either occasion.
When wearing plaids, it’s best to find patterns that fit your body shape. Large prints can often make you look larger if you’re not. The cut of the suit is very important to keep that sleek and sophisticated look. And when pairing your tie, a little texture (like a knit, or even a tone-on-tone Herringbone) will bring more dimension to your look, without making you look to clashy.
The Herringbones: You’ll Know it When You See It
Even if you never knew the name of this pattern, it is one of the most traditional and recognizable suit patterns out there. The Herringbone is made up of zig-zagged chevron patterns. Usually the pattern is small and understated, which makes it the ideal pattern to pair with, well, anything. Herringbone usually shines in a grey or navy palette, but more recent colors such as a dessert sand and warm brown tones make are giving this classic pattern a delightfully modern twist.
No matter the color, when you walk into a business meeting in a tailored Herringbone suit, you’re letting everyone know who the executive really is.
If you’re looking for a little flair in your next suit, come to Karako Suits where your style and quality meet.
Originally posted at www.karakosuits.com on October 5, 2017.