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Mixing two patterns

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When mixing two different patterns we must reverse the rule applied to the similar designs, and keep the patterns’ spacing close to create harmony. An openly striped shirt requires a similarly arranged plaid suit or a large-patterned tie, a paisley, for example.

Keep in mind that this rule doesn’t apply to miniature patterns. A really small houndstooth jacket or a hairstriped shirt needs to be releived by large patterns or big spacing.

Picture: Notice how the pattern’s spacing is imitating the intersections of the stripes.