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Combining patterns and colors - inspired by Possen


Possen is a - not that well-known - Dutch firm that offers made-to-order garments all the way from shirts to suits and overcoats. In addition they have a bunch of accessories available via their web store. 

Even though I’m not that familiar with the company itself, there is something very interesting at their website - namely the presentation of their seasonal selection of fabrics and garments. Over 200 pictures of different pieces (showcasing the fabric selection and models) which are a great way to find inspiration on how to mix different colors and patterns in terms of jackets, shirts and accessories. Although not all the combinations are to my liking, I still encourage to have a look. Here I’ve picked few of my personal favorites from different categories.

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In case you are not working on a firm (or industry) with a very strict and traditional dress code, business and office wear does not need to be “boxy” or extra formal. One can easily dress down your suit for example by choosing to go with patch pockets, minimal construction and soft shoulders. This way you also have a suit that can be worn as separates and a jacket that goes in more casual occasions as well.

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Checks, windowpanes, stripes and patterns are an easy way to bring some variation to one’s every day rotation. Here again it shown that it is hard to go wrong by playing with the different shades of colors such as blue, grey, brown. For more about how to play with patterns - check this post I wrote last year.

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Double-breasted and chalk striped suit might be the best match when talking about “power suiting”. As seen in the outfit on the right that can also be dressed down though. And still look elegant and chic.

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Outfits above show “business casual” or “smart casual” as its best. A sport coat and flanel or cotton slacks that are having enough contrast in terms of color, restrained accessories and compatible materials and textures. I personally recommend to try off-white color for trousers also during fall and winter season.

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Combination of denim, a sport coat and a tie is seen quite often but I personally think it’s still quite hard to pull off properly. I use jeans with sport coats pretty often myself but especially during fall and winter, four out of five times I choose to wear a roll neck sweater instead of button-up (and a tie). However if you choose to go with a button-up and a tie, at least go with a bit more “clean” denim featuring no turn-ups (opposite to those in above).

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Every man does not necessarily need a tuxedo but in case you have the possibility, it’s not bad to have one for the most formal occasions. Above there are for different options. The black one featuring peak lapels is probably the most formal and classic version whereas the one on the right featuring camouflage patterned jacket should be left only occasions such as your own cocktail party. The two others are something in between and will cover you most of occasions where a tux is needed.

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On the site there is also different options for overcoats. I’m personally a fan of double-breasted coats but with these four coats seen above one can easily go through any fall and winter days.

Check out the whole collection here.


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