Guy Style // Pattern Play

July 27, 2012

Today, I’m so happy to be bringing you the second installment of Guy Style from Mr. Pepper himself!

Keep reading to hear about the childhood heartbreak that shaped his own personal sense of style, and if you love it, don’t forget to share this post with your style-seeking male counterparts and friends! :)

I’ve always loved going against conventional sartorial wisdom, and mixing patterns is definitely one of my favorite ways to switch things up every now and again.  Gingham with plaid; dots on stripes; you name it and I’ve done it.  I distinctly remember noticing it was outside of the norm when I was in the 4th grade and Courtney Patino told me the fashion police were going to come and ticket me for wearing stripes and plaid together.

Despite the teasing from my playground crush, I stuck to my guns, and luckily have ended up with a lady who not only has her finger on the pulse of fashion, but is willing to indulge me in my own experimental style.  Although my 4th grade fashion sense was nothing that I would suggest as an example (Courtney was probably right), I do think there are great ways for men to mix prints and patterns even though we’ve been taught to avoid it.

The two problems I see guys struggling with when trying to tackle this trend are they either try to do too much at one time or the mixing is unintentional all together.  The trick is to do it on purpose, and limit the rest of your look so the contrasting pattern does all the talking.  In this case, I purposefully went with a monochromatic look using flat-front navy chinos and a matching navy gingham shirt.  Bringing the madras cotton tie into the mix adds a needed splash of color in a playful yet professional way, and the contrast against the more muted shirt allows for the patterns to remain distinct instead of bleeding into one another.
For a little extra spice: I threw on my orange watch strap and ditched the socks in order to make this outfit appropriate for both a day at the office and a dinner out on the town. Top to Bottom:
Shirt – J. Crew, Ludlow point collar
Tie – J. Crew (similar)
Watch – Ollech & Wajs (similar) w/ Retro orange strap
Pants – J. Crew, Bowery slim fit
Belt – J. Crew, Classic leather plaque
Shoes – Vintage (similar)  

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11 Comments

  • Reply Natasha Fatah July 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

    He looks great!
    Especially like that bright orange watch.

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Reply Greetings from Texas! July 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Loved meeting your man!

  • Reply livefreeandfashionable July 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    If only all men could be this well dressed! Mr. Pepper has style!

    http://livefreeandfashionable.wordpress.com/

  • Reply Brookelyn July 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Love this post- he’s got great style!

  • Reply jenn~the stylish housewife July 28, 2012 at 4:48 am

    love that the mr will pose for ootd pics. my husband would rather have a tooth pulled! =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

    • Reply Jessie Artigue August 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Haha, I know, right? G totally loves it… so cute. :)

  • Reply Anonymous July 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Super snazzy! What a handsome man for a sweet lady!

    http://www.eye-of-arms.blogspot.com

  • Reply My Love Wedding Ring July 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Love the mixed checks – they work better than they should! Not just so sure about socks without shoes, but since the rest of the style is so fabulous he can get away with it!

  • Reply the Queen City Style July 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    So cute from head to toe… and so great he would put himself in front of the camera like this! Fantastic dressing. You two are a cute couple!!

  • Reply Emily Davis August 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I would KILL to get my Hubs into that shirt/tie combo – bravo!!

    xoxo, Emily
    http://www.mainstreetchic.blogspot.com

    • Reply Jessie Artigue August 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Show him the pics, and see what he says, girl – You never know! ;) XO

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