3 Tips to Mixing Textures and Patterns

Señores,

“That’s too busy for me” or “He looks old he’s hot in all that”

We’ve all said these statements. As hombres we want to portray a sense of style and sophistication sin (without) trying too hard or doing too much. 

Mirando (looking) at gents who are wearing competing patterns and textures is off putting and just downright wrong. So how is it done properly?
First let’s get a few definiciones out of the way. 

Texture: the refers to how the fabric feels. Many times textures garments have patterns on them but this is not siempre the case. Think corduroy vs. denim. The ribs of the corduroy create a pattern too with a rough texture. While denim has a texture, many different textures depending on the composition; but doesn’t always have a patrón.

  
Pattern: A pattern is simply printed design that can be abstract or reoccurring like paisley, flores, or gingham. Patterns don’t have a feel to them. Thatnis to say they’re not raised, rough, hanging, etc. 

  

Ahora, how do you mix these? Here are three ways to  make sure that you mix your textures subtlety but successfull.

1. Maintain scale differences. When mixing textures and patterns you can’t have the patterns or textures the same size. They will compete and the result is looking  too busy. 

  
 

@samodinero
 
Notice that in each one of the ejemplos, none of the patterns are the same size (scale). This allows the patterns to flow seamlessly and crest a balance in the look. 

2. Make sure the patterns and textures are broken up with solids. This will quiet the nose of the look and make it fluid.

 The patterns are touching but are surrounded by solid colors that make the pattern pop but not too noisily. 

 

@trav_white_

When mixing textures like linen, cotton, and denim, la misma reglas (the same rule) applies. Keep one piece as the solid that will break up the patterns and smooths out the textures.
3. Play with light and dark color mixes. When mixing textures and palates don’t have dark on dark or light on light.  

 
Mixing bright with dulls or dark with lights (as seen below) allows the ensemble to be balanced.  

 

@handkersquares
 

All in all, take the time to look and see if your textures and patters are balanced. We are getting closer to primavera (spring time) and the florals are about to about. Let’s make sure it’s correctamente.

Stay fly my friends!

– SG

 

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  1. Bravo!

  2. traviswhite185 March 7, 2016 — 7:49 pm

    Great tips Kalan. It’s simple yet overlooked!

  3. Very good advice. I approve this message!

  4. Wow!!! Great tips on mixing textures and patterns. Overall dope blog and great read. Bravo bro!!

  5. Great ideas, very well illustrated.

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