A Primer on Patterns
We’ve highlighted some of the season’s most noteworthy patterns to uplift your wardrobe.
Men’s tailoring has witnessed a revival in heritage textiles updated in slim silhouettes. Preeminent design houses are looking beyond solid suits in favour of textural patterns with ageless appeal. Iconic checks and stripes continue to be shown in sophisticated variants that work across the seasons. These rakish styles represent an intriguing intersection between traditional and modern.
To help you out, we’ve highlighted some of fall's most noteworthy patterns to uplift your wardrobe. While these masculine motifs are certainly not new, they provide a compelling fashion statement.
1. Chalk Stripe
This understated stripe is thoughtfully designed to resemble a tailor’s chalk marks. The soft pattern is less defined than traditional pinstripes — resulting in a more subdued and slightly informal effect. Best of all, the vertical lines help to elongate and slenderize the body.
2. Glen Plaid
Glen plaid has roots dating back to 19th century Scotland, yet continues to resonate with well-dressed gentleman today. The Gaelic style features layers of interlocking checks that look alluring both from close up and afar. It’s also known as the Prince of Wales pattern —after Sir Edward VIII— who favored the woollen fabric for his bespoke suits.
3. Windowpane Check
This exploded print features perpendicular pinstripes that insect to mimic the look of windowpanes. The large scale check is eye-catching but not overwhelmingly bold. It’s a confident suiting pattern that looks at home with natty ties or turtleneck sweaters.
4. Houndstooth Check
Houndstooth is a heritage pattern comprised of jaggedly distorted checks said to resemble a dog’s fangs. The abstract woven motif traditionally showcases a graphic black and white palette that won’t go unnoticed. It’s a small Scottish print with a big sartorial impact.
5. Herringbone Check
Herringbone textiles are woven from evenly spaced diagonal threads for stylish dimension. The broken chevron pattern typically adorns tweed jackets and hardy overcoats for timeless winter dressing. The enduring design can still be found in the British countryside, but has also been modernized for smart city streets.