9 Patterns Every Guy Should Know

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Being an above average man is honestly not that difficult. It truly is not hard to stand out from 'average'.

The honest truth is most men just do not take the time to learn the simple things that will set them apart. Patterns is certainly one of those easily learn topics, that will take you a step above the average bear. As a man, you should know a bit about patterns and how to wear them. Here is our 9 favorite patterns to add to your wardrobe to mix things up a bit. 

1. MADRAS

The quintessential spring fabric. Traditionally made from cotton, proper madras is in a patch-work fashion. Bright colors are key here, feel free to wear this pattern as shorts or for the more daring as a blazer. 

2. HOUNDSTOOTH

A textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colours are used. Traditional houndstooth check is made with alternating bands of four dark and four light threads woven in a simple twill

3. GINGHAM

Gingham is a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn. It is made of carded, medium or fine yarns, where the colouring is on the warp yarns and always along the grain (weft). Gingham has no right or wrong side with respect to colour.

4. PINSTRIPE

Pinstripes are the a pattern of very thin stripes of any color running in parallel often found in cloth. The pinstriped suit has become associated with conservative business attire, although many designers now produce the fashionable pinstripe patterns for fashion-conscious consumers.

5. BIRD'S EYE

Traditionally a cotton fabric having a particular diamond shape weave pattern. This is a unique pattern that will almost always get the attention of the opposite sex. 

6. HERRINGBONE

Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in twill fabric. It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. Herringbone-patterned fabric is usually wool, and is one of the most popular cloths used for suits and outerwear. Tweed cloth is often woven with a herringbone pattern.

7. GLEN PLAID

Glen plaid is a wool fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks. It is usually made of black/grey and white, or with more muted colours, particularly with two dark and two light stripes alternate with four dark and four light stripes which creates a crossing pattern of irregular checks. Glen plaid as a woven pattern may be extended to cotton shirting and other non-woollen fabrics.

8. SEERSUCKER

Seersucker is a thin, puckered, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped or chequered, used to make clothing for spring and summer wear.  Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled appearance in places. Personally seersucker is one of our favorites.

9. WINDOWPAIN

Traditionally wool in nature, this pattern is a combination of small and large squares. 

Is there a pattern we missed? Keep the convo going in the comments below!

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