2. Balance the Scale
When combining checks with checks, or stripes with stripes, the trick is to balance their scales.
Pair wide large-scale patterns with tight small-scale patterns to avoid a “blurring” distraction to the eye.
Alex also introduces a third scale here with the overly spaced stripes on the tie.
Because these extra-wide stripes do not compete with the width of either of the checks, it works well.
I love how the star socks (see top photo) introduce yet another pattern when he sits down.
- Red mini plaid dress shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Navy/black check suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke (Cloth by Ariston AR A811/192)
- Navy stripe wool tie by Theory
- 1″ tie bar from TheTieBar
- Navy silk pocket square by Polo Ralph Lauren
- Silver watch by Raymond Weil
- Brown leather wingtips by Scarpe di Bianco