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Getting Creative With Patterns and Layering

December 13th, 2016

But still keeping it in check

Two of my favorite things about fall and winter style are patterns and layering. Here’s a simple, everyday sharp casual look that puts both of those elements front and center.



| WEARING | Daniele Alessandrini coat, Lardini waistcoat, Neiman Marcus shirt, J.Crew jeans, Drake’s scarf, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Rolex watch, Boots c/o Jack Erwin | PHOTOGRAHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Remember that when it comes to pattern mixing, there are some general rules to follow. Vary the size, vary the weight, vary the type of pattern. Here, I’m not concerned about the kind of pattern. We’re working with four different check-types – two plaids, gingham and a medallion print. Each is similar, but also couldn’t be more different.

The waistcoat is menswear’s unsung hero. And it works great with dark denim. Less formal than a blazer and the perfect way to add an extra layer of depth to an outfit.

Remember the indoor scarf? Well, it’s not just for inside. Because of its shorter length, it can also quickly double as an ascot, making for some creative layering.



Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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