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On Trend: Pattern Clash

On Trend: Pattern Clash

Pattern can be a little daunting at the best of times, and clashing patterns even more so. We’re here to help you navigate this off-beat trend with an edit of unconventional but stylish outfits for unconventional and stylish men. Wearing multiple patterns may feel a little like throwing out the rule book, but there is still a form to follow if you want to keep your look coherent. Here are four ways to clash patterns like a pro.

Tan leather MCM logo belt bag


Dip your toe in the pattern game with an understated monochromatic print and classic monogrammed accessories in a neutral leather. Sophisticated but relaxed, this Alexander Wang paisley shirt is patterned but subtle and holds its own alongside the iconic MCM logo belt bag.


Check, the popular kid in the menswear pattern game, has multiple guises, from plaid to tartan to houndstooth, gingham and window pane. Combining these works best when the scale of the checks is varied and the colours complimentary, represented here by a medium size Gucci houndstooth and classic Burberry check.

BUrberry checked wool cap
Fendi all over logo sliders


To make this work, contrasting patterns need to be as different as possible and worn with resolute but nonchalant confidence. The workwear-inspired pinstripes of these laid-back cotton shorts work in stark but stylish contrast to the bold and colourful Marni print and classic Fendi double F.


Throw your caution to the wind and let your prints do the talking. Take a few retro-inspired patterns in different sizes (small, medium and large) and layer to extra effect. Take things even further with a pair of motif trainers like these tiger ones by Gucci. This look references the ‘scumbro’ trend that is popular right now and we appreciate its streetwear-skater aesthetic.

Gucci new ace tiger trainers