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Nordstrom Classic Cashmere Sport Coat

Classic Cashmere Sport Coat, $348.98 from Nordstrom

“To achieve the nonchalance, which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match.”

– Hardy Amies, Fashion Designer

Patterns can be a tricky style element—do it wrong and you might end up looking like a character from Alice in Wonderland. There are some pretty simple rules regarding patterns, and how to mix them, that most style icons follow.

  1. A Little Goes a Long Way: The safest way to wear patterns any time is to use them sparingly. A tie, scarf, hat or even socks are a great and easy way to do this.
  2. The Bold & the Minimal: If you’re wearing a lot of one pattern or perhaps one that’s incredibly strong, make sure the rest of your outfit is toned down and neutral. Pull out a subtle tone within the fabric and set a foundation with that color. This will help you avoid looking clown-ish.
  3. Mix & Match: When mixing patterns, make sure you pair a large pattern with a smaller, more obscured one. For instance, say you’re wearing a gingham button-up and want to wear a patterned tie, too. Go for something within the same color palette and has a smaller pattern, like small polka dots or a very fine texture. This keeps things balanced.

Now that we’ve gone through some of the rules, here are some great inspirations for a bit of pattern play.

The Patterned Suit

Neiman Marcus Last Call Hugo Boss Modern-Fit T-Howard2/Court Wool-Blend Two-Piece Suit w/Plaid Print, Open Blue

Hugo Boss Modern-Fit T-Howard2/Court Wool-Blend Two-Piece Suit $993.75 from Neiman Marcus Last Call

Checks and Polka Dots
Mix a Polka Dot Shirt with a Checked Bow Tie

Power Checks Bow Tie, $19 from The Tie Bar


Isaac Mizrahi Navy Dotted Slim Dress Shirt, $19.99 from Century 21

Gingham and Paisley

Pair Gingham with Paisley

Smart Care Gingham Dress Shirt, $39.90 from Nordstrom


Refinado Floral Tie, $19 from The Tie Bar

Mens Wearhouse Gingham and Pocket Square

Suit, Shirt and Pocket Square from The Men’s Wearhouse

Multi-Pattern Outfit Tie Bar

Accessories available from The Tie Bar

Are you brave enough for the wild world of patterns? Share some of your inspirations with us in the comments.

  • 8/1

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    Whew. I don’t know ’bout y’all, but it’s been a heck of a week. But, since it’s Ten for the Weekend time, that means the end is nigh and it’s time for a little retail therapy! This week, we’ve got gear for guys, personalized gifts, super cute home decor items and the tail end of a huge sale. Check it!

    1. If your fella is getting married in a suit, consider purchasing rather than renting — it’s a good investment that may come in handy. Bonobos is having an up to 60% off summer sale until 8/3, which means a handsome number like this suit jacket goes from $325 to $195. Use code BIG30 at checkout.

    Bonobos Foundation Grey Slim Suit Jacket

    The Foundation Slim Suit Jacket

    2. Kiyonna is turning 18 and wants to celebrate with you! For the entire month of August, knock 25% off your order with code BDAYSTYLE.

    3. Giving engraved or monogrammed bridal party gifts is a sweet way to show them you care. Get 10% off for the entire month at A Gift Personalized, and get all your grooms dudes and brides babes some sweet swag.

    A Gift Personalized Vintage Style Flask

    And if anyone wants to get me this amazing flask, my 30th is just around the corner.

    4. Man, I have such a thing for office supplies, especially when they’re fun, colorful and creativity-sparking. Memoji products cover alla dem criteria, and they’re having a 10% off sale for August when you use code GET10.

    5. Still need to stock up on summer essentials? Boohoo has your back and will even skim a cool 25% off the top until 8/3 when you use code SUNFUN.

    6. With fall lurking around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about fall wardrobe options.’s Back to School Sale makes it a little easier on your wallet by tossing in a 20% discount when you use APLUS until 8/22.

    7. Taking on DIYing your wedding stationery?  Make sure you have enough ink and toner. Comp and Save will take 15% off orders of $70+ until 8/31 using code BTS15. 

    8. It’s still happening, but not for long! Take advantage of the final weekend of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and score some designer duds for wicked cheap.

    9. If your abode needs a little makeover, head over to ModCloth where select but awesome decor items are 20% off until 8/3.

    The Terrific Terrarium Duvet Cover  has captured my attention for a while now. Might be a good time to dig in.

    10. And what Ten for the Weekend would be complete without a LOFT sale? Until 8/10, get 50% off select full price styles at LOFT with code FIFTY.