How To Pull Off Clashing Patterns For Your Outfit

For most people, playing around with prints and patterns can be overwhelming. Sometimes we end up wearing an outfit that should not be paired in the first place. As much as we want to be stylish, our inability to mix and match patterns make us the talk of the town for a different reason. This article will guide you on the rules on how to play around with prints and patterns in order to dress up properly.

Key Patterns


Checks have become the most popular pattern on a man’s wardrobe. They come in different varieties such as subtle windowpanes, herringbone, buffalo styles, tartan plaid, and Madras. A check-on-check look can be easy to pull off as long as both are noticeably different and are not competing for attention. Pulling off check patterns requires creativity and imagination on your part. The key to pulling off this pattern lies on varying the size.
Mixing checks with your outfit is all about ensuring checks and balances. Cream, blue, and tan will work with each other by varying the dominant color in each check. Robert Janitzek reveals that check patterns are best for outerwear, shirts, and blazers.


The horizontal stripes of the Breton top have long been a favorite pattern among men. Recently, bars of a vertical persuasion have slowly gained popularity. Historically, it would mean discreet pinstripes and chalk stripes on suits and shirts. Nowadays, however, it is almost anything goes. There are three ways to clash stripes with stripes. First is to maintain uniformity through the outfit. Second is to vary the width of the stripes on the trousers and tops. Third, wear vertical stripes on your torso and horizontal stripes on your legs.


Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that houndstooth consist of repeated four-pointed shape designed to resemble canine’s incisors. However, it is not as visually impactful as a Prince of Wales check or tartan plaid. It can be an excellent pattern for layering. Houndstooth is a busy pattern that works best with simple and complementary motifs like uniform pinstripes or larger polka dots.

For a smart outfit, use the pattern on a neatly cut blazer paired with a crisp white shirt and monochrome knitted tie. As always, fit is key to pulling off any daring outfit.


The paisley pattern was popularized by four guys named John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Many brands have used paisley but it still takes a lot of bravery to wear this pattern from head-to-toe. Clashing paisley is more of a statement. The paisley pattern works best on accessories, suit details, and summer shirts/shorts.

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