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Bird’s Eye

The Varieties of Suit Patterns

Formality in suits rests in dark solid colors. Also, different suit patterns speak differently about you and deliver different perception of your presence. The more somber, the more serious, the better. Solid dark blue, black and dark grey signal the man of gravitas, one who is all business 24/7. In its particular vein this is magnificent. Yet at times, one begins to feel he is attending nothing more than an eight hour funeral as day after day he greats the multitude of experiences with the exact same solidness, and never a sign in his wardrobe that greater options exist.

Consistency can be another word for timidity for suit patterns require a certain amount of foresight and daring to make a favorable impression. The wrong patterns are an eyesore, while the right patterns create positive emotional reactions both for the wearer and the viewer. We want to step beyond both solid fabrics and the traditional pinstripe, which itself is very nearly a formal style of dress. Today’s business and social environments are great fluid mixtures of casual and professional dress and we are not yet in a new rigid system of style. This fluidity allows us to experiment with greater styles of fabric design that would have been unthinkable in previous generations.




When looking at different types of suit patterns we follow the rule that the larger the design, the less professional, the smaller, the more.

Stripes are one of the most common suit patterns

Stripes are one of the most common suit patterns

Stripes:

Stripes on suits are always set vertically with the navy pinstripe suit being the most traditional for business dress. Stripes typically come in white or gray.  Stripes of different colors are the result of fads and require more intelligence to stay aesthetically fresh (such as choosing the right venue or picking the right accessories). The closer the stripe the more formal, the further apart, the more casual.

Plaid comes second when it comes down to popular suit patterns

Plaid comes second when it comes down to popular suit patterns

Plaid:

If we draw horizontal stripes against the pinstripe suit we get a check pattern. The most famous of check patterns on suits is plaid. Checks or plaid are less formal than solids and stripes.

Herringbone

Herringbone

Herringbone:

This pattern is most commonly found in tweed and resembles a series of small arrows. Herringbone is an excellent pattern for nearly every occasion baring a white tie affair. Due to the heavy nature of the fabric, Herringbone is better suited to winter suits.

Bird’s Eye

Bird’s Eye

Bird’s Eye:

This pattern is a series of small lightly colored dots set against a darker background. Bird’s eye appears solid from a distance but up close reveals the dot pattern. It is a wonderful visual and creates a rich texture.




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Michael Snell

Loving father and husband