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July 29, 2014

Pattern & Floral: “Work” Them into your Wardrobe

If you work in a conservative work environment (or even if you don’t), you may think pattern is just something that doesn’t “work”. Not true at all! It’s just a matter of picking the right pieces of pattern and knowing what to wear with them. There are subtle ways to pick up pattern, like a great floral tie with your suit. And a bit more forward ways that can make an understated fashion statement, like a dot patterned sport shirt. You can even work in your socks for a little fun.
Check back tomorrow for our after 5 picks, and Thursday for our favorite patterned casual pieces. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Salvatore-Ferragamo-Ramage-Horse-Flower-Tie-Gray/prod167650226_cat40450753__/p.prod
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Salvatore Ferrgamo - Ramage Horse & Flower Tie
Ramage Horse & Flower Tie
Salvatore Ferrgamo
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We talked about Salvatore Ferragamo prints in this week’s Clothes & Conversation because they are so iconic. So, we just had to show you another. This time, we’ve picked this sophisticated wild horse and floral pattern. It works not only with your tan, grey, blue and olive suits but also with your navy blazer. While we love white shirts with Ferragamo ties, don’t shy away from fine line stripe dress shirts or small scale checks, either.
http://www.bonobos.com/navy-zigzag-casual-shirt-for-men Bonobos - Washed Poplin Zig Zag Shirt
Bonobos - Washed Poplin Zig Zag Shirt
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Bonobos - Washed Poplin Zig Zag Shirt
Washed Poplin Zig Zag Shirt
Bonobos
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This play on stripes is just the pop you need to spruce up a pair of khaki’s or a dark navy blazer with jeans. While this zig zag pattern certainly has a lot of bold flavor, you’ll see it really just becomes a bit of sartorial accent once you add a dark navy knit tie and complete this modern look.
http://www.eastdane.com/stephan-ship-jacquard-sport-shirt/vp/v=1/1516903988.htm Theory - Stephan Dress Shirt
Theory - Stephan Dress Shirt
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Theory - Stephan Dress Shirt
Stephan Dress Shirt
Theory
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Theory decided to have a little fun, making an abstract ship pattern in this jacquard fabric (jacquard is just the way the fabric is made that actually weaves the pattern directly into it). We would pair this with olive soft twill pants. The shorter collar and trimmer fit, actually makes this a great option to pair with a sport jacket.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shirts/secretwash/PRDOVR~A4902/A4902.jsp J. Crew - Cotton Shirt in Woven Diamonds
J. Crew - Cotton Shirt in Woven Diamonds
We like this dobby diamond print cotton shirt from J.Crew for the simple pattern and blue/grey ground color that works with so much. Wear it with your dark wash jeans and a cotton blue blazer for an effortless pulled together casual office look. You can also wear it with stone color flat front pants when a jacket is not needed.
http://www.eastdane.com/chambray-motif-classic-collegiate-shirt/vp/v=1/1536783923.htm Steven Alan - Chambray Sport Shirt
Steven Alan - Chambray Sport Shirt
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Steven Alan - Chambray Sport Shirt
Chambray Sport Shirt
Steven Alan
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Just because there are little bow ties embroidered on this shirt, doesn’t mean you have to wear it with one. Steven Alan’s straight fit in the body works effortlessly under a jacket. Click through the “shop it” button to see it styled with a dark navy suit and stylish plaid tie. The pattern is sparse and subtle enough that you can do a bold tie like that.
http://www.eastdane.com/booster-floral-woven-shipley-halmos/vp/v=1/1569461024.htm Shipley & Halmos - Booster Floral Shirt
Shipley & Halmos - Booster Floral Shirt
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Shipley & Halmos - Booster Floral Shirt
Booster Floral Shirt
Shipley & Halmos
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This Shipley & Halmos shirt has such a tight floral pattern, it almost doesn’t read like a pattern, if you know what we mean. It really gives a navy cotton sport coat plenty of personality, while still being completely office appropriate – especially when paired with dark jeans, if the office attire permits.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/tiesandpocketsquares/pocketsquares/PRDOVR~A8530/A8530.jsp J. Crew - Cotton Pocket Square
J. Crew - Cotton Pocket Square
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J. Crew - Cotton Pocket Square
Cotton Pocket Square
J. Crew
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A pocket square adds a nice touch of color and stylish attitude, especially when you are wearing a jacket and no tie. We like this cotton floral one from J.Crew. When you do choose to wear a tie with a pocket square, look for contrasts that work together rather than matching the square to the tie. This tie will be a great match.
http://www.ledbury.com/products/purple-finley-tie Ledbury - The Purple Finley Tie
Ledbury - The Purple Finley Tie
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Ledbury - The Purple Finley Tie
The Purple Finley Tie
Ledbury
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The geometric pattern done in soft colors is a great way to do pattern without using bold color. The purple ground is great contrast to the pale blue and ivory, and will work with navy, grey, or tan suits. Not only is it great for the office, it would be ideal for an afternoon wedding.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Paul-Smith-Stripe-Polka-Dot-Knit-Socks-Navy-/prod168960433_cat14030733__/p.prod Paul Smith - Stripe-Polka-Dot Knit Socks
Paul Smith - Stripe-Polka-Dot Knit Socks
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Paul Smith - Stripe-Polka-Dot Knit Socks
Stripe-Polka-Dot Knit Socks
Paul Smith
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Make a statement at the office with these Paul Smith socks, even if no one else knows it.  The colorful dot pattern is quite enough to wear to the office with your khakis or jeans, and creates perfect contrast to your tan, blue or seersucker suit.


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-silk-bow-tie/3687028 Ted Baker London - Silk Bow Tie
Ted Baker London - Silk Bow Tie
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Ted Baker London - Silk Bow Tie
Silk Bow Tie
Ted Baker London
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Dots and circles and other patterns are perfect for bow ties. In case you missed it, bow ties are “in”. We are sure you’ve seen them around the office. We like this Ted Baker silk blue pattern bow. It goes great with tan, grey and navy suits or sport coats. It will work with solid, stripe  or small pattern dress shirts. Give it a try.
 

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