August 17, 2015

Mixing and Matching Fabrics Like a Pro

How to incorporate different fabrics into one outfit and look great doing it.

For some guys, the terms “mix and match” are just synonyms for confusion. For those that like to keep it simple, it can seem like a headache to try to put things together that don’t seem like the perfect match. But when it comes to fabrics, mixing and matching can actually enhance your look and make it more visually appealing. Here are some tips on how to do it properly.

Mixing & Matching Fabrics: Monochrome magic

Go Monochromatic

If you are just branching out into the world of mixing and matching fabrics, may we suggest you start small with monochromatic colors? This means that each piece is in the same color family, but in varying shades. For example, try layering a steel gray knit sweater over a charcoal gray chambray shirt and sporting a pair of gray wool trousers. It’s casual and the different fabric textures make for an aesthetically pleasing and interesting look. However, make sure you don’t wear an entire outfit that is only one shade or you run the risk of appearing washed out.

Mixing & Matching Fabrics: Wool blazer with Denim

Break It Up

Once you’ve mastered the art of monochromatic mixing and matching, the sky’s the limit. Now, break up textures with something simple and solid. This ensures your overall look isn’t too messy and makes putting an outfit together a whole lot easier. For example, pair denim jeans with a tweed blazer, wearing a plain white cotton t-shirt underneath to make sure the look isn’t overwhelming. Or pair a leather jacket with a chambray shirt, but keep the bottoms simple and go with some black or gray suit trousers.

Mixing & Matching Fabrics: playing with different textures

Choose the Right Fabrics

Finally, if you’re still unsure of which specific fabrics go best with each other, choose one dominant fabric (tweed, leather, or linen) and one more neutral fabric (cotton, denim, wool), and play with different combinations for some great looks. Try wearing a wool blazer with a white cotton button-down shirt, or a denim jacket with a linen shirt. Remember not to mix and match fabrics that are extremely different from one another, like velvet and leather, for example. They are so different from each other and both have a distinct look to them, your attempt at mixing and matching fabrics won’t look harmonious at all.

Now that you’ve mastered the fabrics, check out how to mix and match patterns.