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Pattern Play: Mix It Up for a Great Groom’s Look – Beckett & Robb Show Us How

In recent weeks, we’ve spent a lot of time spotlighting new wedding gowns and discussing bridal fashion trends. (And haven’t you just loved every minute of it? We have!) But today, dear brides, we’re turning our attention to the men in your lives. More specifically, the men in your lives AND their wardrobes. Grooms, this post’s for you…

What’s new in the world of menswear? We posed this question to Jason Yeats and Derek Bleazard, the fashionable gents behind Beckett & Robb. According to the dapper duo, pattern mixing within a classic silhouette is a big trend this season.

Stripes, checks, plaid, polka dots–B&R think all of these patterns have a place in a man’s wardrobe and all can be paired together for a style-savvy wedding day look. The key to this fashion-forward way of dressing? B&R share their advice below.


Pattern mixing at its finest, according to Beckett & Robb

“Mixing patterns is a little tricky–it is more an art than a science,” says Yeats. “The rule of thumb here is to vary the scale of the pattern. For example, a gentleman wearing a window pane wool suit can easily wear a small-plaid shirt. And at that point, probably wear a solid tie (or nearly solid).

Another example: If wearing a solid suit and a wide-striped necktie, it’s best to wear a narrow-striped shirt. You can mix plaids and stripes following these same guidelines, while always maintaining color coordination. In weddings this is usually less of an issue since most grooms wear solid suits, shirts and ties. Adding a pattern to a solid is always appropriate.”

“This is a great example of pattern mixing while staying safe by only using various shades of blue,” says Yeats. “Daring and safe all at once–I love it!”

Grooms, what do you think of pattern mixing? Would you wear a pattern-happy look like these two examples on your wedding day?

Brides, how do you feel about your hubby wearing plaid, stripes, and checks? Do you prefer your betrothed dressed in basic black?

Thank you to Jason and Derek of Beckett & Robb for sharing their fashion advice! Grooms, for more style inspiration, be sure to check out B&R’s Tumblr page.

{Images: The Evolution of a Gentleman, Tumblr}