Monday, January 2, 2012
For no particular reason, I was idly counting patterned vs. solid suits the other day and found I had three solids for every pattern in my closet. Not exactly an earth-shaking revelation I suppose, but they say that every man's wardrobe comes to reflect his individual style and mine is fairly simple these days.
Solid and semi-solid colored suits of course should be the foundation of the starter wardrobe, since they are less likely to elicit "He's wearing that suit again" thoughts among those inclined to be unkind. As the closet fills, stripes and checks can come to occupy more and more of the space, particularly while the intermediate dresser is going through his experimental stage. Every man who thinks about his clothes has a period when four patterns become the norm, but that rarely lasts. He may not adopt Cary Grant's monochromatic look but with experience comes simplicity.
The simpler approach is one or two patterns above the waist, using texture and color so, taken as a whole, the effect is nonchalant. In the photo, a navy nailhead suit is paired with a gray on white striped shirt, a white linen pocket square and a pink and olive block striped necktie by Drake's London.