Monday, February 28, 2011
Color and Pattern: Disembodied Voice Edition
[I'm actually in trial all the day of this post, but thanks to the magic of the Internet, I can schedule posts in advance!]
Necessity is the mother of invention. I had a Sunday client meeting and needed a suit and tie, but I only had this shirt clean, and the client had just seen me wear the tie I usually wear with this shirt. I only had a few minutes, so I just grabbed my gold tie that has a touch of blue accents and figured that would have to be enough to, uhh, tie it all together.
Then I got to looking at it later. The blue/gold color combination works passably. But look at the pattern coordination. Tiny blue squares on the shirt and the tie, and incrementally larger squares on the tie. Like doing high-school geometry exercises where you draw similar figures. I think this is a combo that leverages color as well as pattern.
Another reason I hesitate to adopt any sort of "3-pattern rule." Does "squares" count as a pattern, or just identical squares? What if you wore this combo with a windowpane suit, gray with a light-blue stripe?