Broke-Ass Tag: Suiting


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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.

  • 12/4

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    Alright guys, let’s be honest, dressing up kinda sucks. There’s all the fussy jackets and ties, not to mention the stiff shoes. Have you ever been to a wedding where the groom and groomsmen looked like kids in their dad’s suits? Yeah, not fun. That’s why it’s important to make sure you dress not only to fit the occasion — whether it’s formal or otherwise — but also to fit your personality. How does one do that, you ask? It’s simply by pulling it all together with the right accessories.

    Something like a colorful bowtie, a patterned pocket square, or fun socks can make your outfit look a little more you and make you feel less out of your own element. I’ve picked out some of my favorite men’s suiting accessories with a few tips on how to make each one work.

    Ties & Bowties

    Duh. This is the most obvious, but there are several ways to tie a tie. Maybe choose a knot that’s more formal, maybe keep it a little loose and casual.
    Bonobos Chambray tie
    Chambray Tie, $68 at Bonobos

    Dot silk tie from J. Crew
    Italian Silk Tie, $55 from J. Crew

    Yarn-dyed Bowtie from Dessy
    Bowtie, $16 from Dessy

    Pocket Squares

    Word to the wise: Be sure to coordinate with your tie (if you’re wearing one), but it’s better to choose a different pattern. It’s no fun to be all matchy-matchy. Don’t know how to fold one? We’ve got you covered.
    Satin Pocket Square from Dessy
    Satin Pocket Square, $10 from Dessy

    Polka dot pocket square from Bonobos
    Polka Dot Pocket Square, $55 from Bonobos


    This is hands-down one of my favorites. It’s better to get a good, quality pair so the clips don’t slip.
    Black suspenders from Men's Wearhouse
    Black Silk Suspenders, $35 from Men’s Wearhouse


    I love seeing a groom in some amazing socks. It’s a great way to wear some color subtly.
    Paisley socks from Happy Socks
    Paisley Socks, $12 from Happy Socks

    Multi argyle socks from Happy Socks
    Multi Argyle Socks, $12 from Happy Socks


    From a formal top hat to an askew fedora, a hat adds a bit of personality and makes a really sharp appearance.
    Felt Fedora from Old Navy
    Felt Fedora, $23 from Old Navy


    An unexpected option, but, if done right, gives your suiting a classy edge.
    Banana Republic Sunglasses
    Johnny Sunglasses, $98 from Banana Republic

    Small Accessories

    Tie bars, pins, and cuff links are the small details that give a suit polish.
    Silver cuff links from Banana Republic
    Silver Knot Cuff Links, $39 from Banana Republic

    Gold tie bar from J. Crew
    Gold Tie Bar, $49.50 from J. Crew

    What do you think, broke-asses? How are you pulling your wedding day look together?

  • 9/1

    Suit shopping is hard — take it from someone who shops A LOT. Let's just get rid of the suits for work and wear T-shirts and jeans forever, #amirite? Well, certain occasions call for a fancy suit and a wedding is one of them. Whether your a groom, a groomsman or just need an inexpensive suit, the list below is just for you. Pick your…

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