It was once common to see well dressed men in strongly patterned suits but by today's "Don't take a chance or it won't sell at retail" standard this blue flannel is pretty bold. Improperly accessorized, the suit could easily look as though it's wearing me. I want to be able to walk down the street without turning heads, a trick that will require melding the pattern into the rest of the day's clothes.
A successful blend combines elements of dress so that none of them stands out. Each element in an ensemble must relate to the other so that the viewer's eye keeps moving and doesn't linger on the suit. In this case, that calls for a solid necktie in similar tones, a complementary shirting, and inconspicuous shoes.
The blue-gray twill necktie and gray on white striped shirt that I wore to the fitting is a reasonable start to the process of determining which combinations are going to work together. It's still too warm for winter-weight flannel during the day here but I'll be experimenting with slate blue grenadine and marine blue satin ties worn with light blue shirts as soon as the temperature permits. The twill necktie in the photo gives me cause to believe that the sheen of satin should be especially effective.
Photo: Von Span
But before I begin I need to throw the suit itself against the wall a few times to get some of the stiffness out of it. Heavy cloth takes a while to mold itself to the body and though the pattern may be strong, as Fred Astaire said, "You have to teach it who's boss."