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Esquire Goofs on Pattern Matching

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In the January 2010 issue of Esquire, we are treated to an article titled "Gentlemen, May We Introduce You to the Shirt & Tie?" Not a bad piece, but on p. 105 we are shown a photo to illustrate how to "pin down your patterns." They say:

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Wrestling with multiple patterns can be a tough way to start the day, but one way to simplify your options is to take color out of the equation altogether. Black-and-white dots set against black-and-white stripes works because the shades are similar but the relative scales are different. In matching patterns, scale is everything.

But ... the photo they use to illustrate their point shows exactly the opposite! The shirt stripes have exactly as much space between them as do the dots on the tie. The scales are exactly the same!

Alan Flusser's pattern matching theory is confirmed by the photo. That is, when matching two different patterns, one wants to match the scales unless both patterns are small, in which case we want difference.

By the way, I love matching stripes with dots in exactly the manner illustrated in that photograph. So are you going to believe Esqure or are you going to believe your eyes?
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By the way, I love matching stripes with dots in exactly the manner illustrated in that photograph. So are you going to believe Esqure or are you going to believe your eyes?


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All other magazines (except 1 or 2) out there are on fashion, not style. Then we dont care.
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And while I'm on the topic, pp. 106-7 tell us about the glories of spread collars. The photo used to illustrate the point, however, simply illustrates that the editors are free-basing crack during office hours. The collar on this guy is so small as to be virtually non-existant ... which is made doubly-bad by the fact that the guy's face is fairly big and round.

Mr. No-Collar is wearing a striped shirt, a pin striped suit, and a paisley tie. Nothing wrong with that. But the stripes in the shirt and suit are too similar in scale, turning the ensemble into a headache-inducing mess. If the stripes on the shirt were tighter, we might have something.

Jesus ... is anyone over there minding the store?
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All other magazines (except 1 or 2)


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+1

All other magazines (except 1 or 2) out there are on fashion, not style. Then we dont care.
+2. Most of what I read and see in magazines focus on what's fashionable.
post #9 of 9
Esquire as a whole is ridiculous. The people who wrote the piece about 2010 Golden Globes best dressed should be shot.

The Rake.
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