6 patterns you should be rocking, and when to wear them

Jazz up your outfit without going over the top, with these essential patterns.

Gingham
Gingham
30 Dec 2015

Gingham

These thick, overlapping coloured lines are regularly used for twee tablecloths and picnic mats, but are still a solid offering for any man’s wardrobe.
Best for: Meeting the in-laws. Or any time you want to elicit the phrase, “What a nice young man!”

Lyle & Scott shirt in gingham check, $99, ASOS

Houndstooth
Houndstooth
30 Dec 2015

Houndstooth

This usually black-and-white pointy broken check takes its name from, well, being shaped like hound’s teeth and is a strong contender.
Best for: Statement t-shirts. The graphic nature of the print stands out without being too “out there”.

Alcott printed t-shirt, $29.90, Zalora

Windowpane
Windowpane
30 Dec 2015

Windowpane

Most regularly found on shirts, this very simple pattern shouldn’t be confused with its smaller counterpart, the graphic check.
Best for: Suits that make an impression. Choose a colour contrast that isn’t too extreme, lest you end up resembling walking floor tiles.

Devils Advocate navy windowpane check suit jacket, $97, ASOS

Seersucker
Seersucker
30 Dec 2015

Seersucker

A super lightweight fabric that features a crimped or puckered surface, this material is great for hot weather.
Best for: Vacationing in sunshiny destinations like Santorini or the Hamptons.

American apparel cotton seersucker Kennedy shorts, $24.60, Zalora

Tartan
Tartan
30 Dec 2015

Tartan

The most manly of all patterns. Formally worn by Scottish warriors, it’s since been adopted by lumberjacks and punks.
Best for: Going to a gig in an abandoned warehouse or camping with your mates.

Fred Perry Cameron tartan scarf, $49.60, ASOS

Madras
Madras
30 Dec 2015

Madras

This uneven pattern takes its name from the Indian city formerly known as Madras (now Chennai), and is a summer staple.
Best for: Casual daytime activities like visiting a bookstore, going to the park or just hanging out at Orchard road.

Mango Man slim-fit madras check shirt, $48.90, Zalora

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