The style crime of pattern overuse

Published: 07th April 2008

The style crime of pattern overuse
Fashionable men should not overdo their use of pattern, a style guru has commented.

Ed Biado, writing for the Manila Standard Today, remarked that many men overuse both colour and pattern, leading to a cluttered and mismatched look instead of the elegant coolness they may wish to exude.

Solids are safe, he commented and stripes, herringbones and other patterns can be a good addition to an outfit but must be limited to avoid a style solecism.

Mr Biado added: "Stripes, herringbones and argyle are fine as long as they make it onto your outfit on their own ... For an added kick, match the patterns of your tie and socks."

Recently, a troubled fashion fan wrote to Men.Style.com asking whether he should match his socks to his shirts for casual dress.

The publication suggested that socks did not just have to be picked to match a shirt colour but could also be selected to match a jumper, a person's car or even their eyes.

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