Street Style Fail: Too Many Patterns and Prints, Too Little Style

While intentionally mismatched prints make for a bold look, it can be really hard to pull off.

While intentionally mismatched prints make for a bold look, it can be really hard to pull off. Case in point, here we've got two kinds of bad plaid (note the difference in the collar and the cuff) under a black-and-white-and-beige striped sweatshirt bearing a multicolored American flag. At least he kept it simple with black pants.

If you do choose to try this at home, take a style note from E.Tautz owner and designer Patrick Grant:

"Here's the theory on pattern-on-pattern dressing. Men are likely to wear a pattern in their suit, shirt, tie, and handkerchief, and if all of those are of different scales—the check is a half centimeter, the stripe on the shirt is a centimeter, the stripe on your ties is two centimeters, et cetera—it all works. If the patterns are the same scale, it never works. Look at the Duke of Windsor, who was a great pattern wearer. He never wears the same scale of pattern."

—Melodie Jeng is a New York City-based photographer. Follow her blog The NYC Streets.

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