The Pattern Suit
Whether you are drawn towards glen, checked, blanket plaid, windowpane, herringbone or houndstooth, these patterns are the poster children of refined mens sportswear.
“Spring is a great way to introduce subtle patterns and texture in your wardrobe, like a linen herringbone, or a subtle windowpane,” says J.Crew’s menswear director Frank Muytjens. “Linen, because of its natural high and lows, is a great option to add texture.”
Pattern suits can transition from spring into fall for both casual and dressier occasions, depending on the fabric. Both a lighter and heavier fabric can share an identical pattern but be worn in two completely different climates. “Lightweight Italian cotton suits are easy to wear,” Muytjens adds, “but still give you that clean, sharp look.”
Glen plaid is the pinnacle of patterns and is the best bet for an early investment. It looks best on shorter jackets and can easily transition from dressy to casual with a pair of denim jeans. For sportsmen, check plaid is an American pastime; it consists of small-scale checks whereas teeth-like checks are referred to as houndstooth.
Windowpane and blanket plaid are the standout cousins of plaid consisting of large rectangles or squares. Many men look great in windowpane; the slightly elongated rectangles make the wearer appear elongated which compliments bigger frames. Yet, the pattern also maintains horizontal lines that bulk up those with smaller frames as well, making the windowpane a go to for all guys.
The key to mixing plaids: Juxtapose macro with micro. [$1,270 from Wooster + Lardini; mrporter.com]
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