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Pattern Marriage

They will never tell a man that something doesn’t suit him, that two things don’t go together. That’s one of the privileges of custom clothing, such as we operate here: we have no particular prejudice in what we sell

- Alan Flusser

The overall effect that patterns have on the eye is quite remarkable and to marry different shapes, colours and textures together takes a special skill. Luckily there are a few easy steps you can take to help add multiple patterns into your wardrobe without needing a degree in rocket science!

Patterns are like those old school "magic eye" 3D pictures - you stare at one for long enough and an image pops out. It works because a pattern is made up of a series of uniform sized bars, with minor parts changed on either side of the image to produce depth (and therefore a "magic" image appears).

When you have exactly the same patterns layered on top of each other the same trick is played, although it can be quite hard to look at, with even smaller patterns causing a "strobe" effect in photos.

So to make it as easy as possible you should always try to pair big patterns with small. You could also try big patterns mixed with small patterns over a series of different layers of clothing. The size difference will always break up the overall effect; for example if you have 3 completely different patterns but they are all big or all small, the end result will look too busy on the eyes. 

Jacket & Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
Pants by Boglioli
Tie by Passaggio Cravatte
Pochette by Cristian Kimber
Socks by Fortis Green
Shoes by Loake