This season, the concept of “less is more” gets thrown out the window thanks to the head-to-toe pattern trend that’s taken the menswear world by storm. Normally, a particular pattern tends to dominate each season, but, from the looks of the spring/summer 2016 runways, it’s now all about how to wear the pattern. And fashion powerhouses, like Dolce & Gabbana, Yohji Yamamoto, Neil Barrett, Gucci, and James Long, have spoken – pattern on pattern, whether one or multiple, is the way to go. Deemed a “collection of separates,” visual intensity was the name of the game at Dolce and Gabbana. Everything, from sportswear to suits, was infused with bright hues and bold patterns. The eye-catching trend continued at Yohji Yamamoto, where models sported brightly-colored, patterned suits, complete with culotte-inspired trousers. Clearly seeing an opportunity when it presents itself, Neil Barrett applied the trend to a jumpsuit. The one-piece suit was emblazoned in a black, white, and gray geometric pattern, which was accessorized perfectly with a black leather belt. A collection focused on decoration, Gucci’s line was full of eye-catching pieces. Bold floral patterns adorned tailored suits, cropped pants, and even a jumpsuit. James Long’s recent collection has been described as “easy, dreamy extravagance,” so it makes perfect sense that the trend appeared on a pajama-inspired 2-piece suit. The luxe pattern and laid back clothing proved to be the perfect combination.
Ready to boldly go for this new trend? You have two options. You can choose a top and bottom with the same pattern or select two different patterns. The key to pulling off varying patterns is choosing two that have complementary colors. Another important factor is keeping your accessories to a minimum, such as solid-colored pieces in neutral hues, like black, white, tan, and navy. Let that bold pattern speak for itself.
– Daniella DiRienzo