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Knowing your patterns

When it comes to buying a new suit, most men consider the fit and the colour before making this considered purchase, but how often do you think about the pattern on your suit and what this says about you? Find out more about popular men’s suit patterns to mix up your day to day suit style with a bit of extra flair!

Pinstripe (or chalk stripe for a more obvious pattern)

A classic pinstripe suit is hard to fault, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most enduring patterns when it comes to formal suit fabrics. The thinner subtle stripes can instantly add a more official look and feel to an otherwise plain solid colour suit, and of course the vertical direction of stripes has the benefit of making a shorter gentleman look taller as the eye is drawn upwards with the stripe.

Houndstooth

This broken check pattern is most often a dual-toned fabric, so it’s a great way to add more colourful detail to a sports jacket, scarf or coat but can be a little overwhelming if used on an entire suit. If you still have your heart set on a houndstooth suit stick with smaller patterns as larger checks will just look messy.

Herringbone

This contrasting ‘V’ pattern is popular with heavier, more wintery suits and jackets, so it’s perfect for a suit for the colder months. In terms of colours available, the choices are nearly limitless, with many designers and high street brands recognising the popularity of this fabric and offering a wide choice to the discerning gent.

Tartan

This fabric pattern (called plaid in America) is instantly recognisable and when you think of it, you undoubtedly think of kilts. It’s popularity never seems to wane, so you can expect to see it everywhere from coat linings, to scarves to shirts and yes, even suits for the more daring dresser who likes to make a serious statement with his clothing.

Twill

This woven fabric is designed to have diagonal parallel ridges, so when it comes to using twill in suits, winter is the only time you will ever need this pattern. It’s also not ideal for anything other than casual settings so when it comes to choosing twill for a suit don’t expect to get much wear out of it like you would with other patterns.

Solid (or crosshatch for a subtle variation on a solid colour)

A solid colour suit is the most practical option for you and having a well fitted suit in a solid, classic colour like grey or navy will mean it quickly becomes your go-to suit for the morning. If you want a variation in colour but aren’t quite ready to adopt a full pattern just yet, a crosshatch pattern which has the effect of light brush strokes can add a subtle and sophisticated difference to an otherwise plain solid colour.

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