How-To Mix Patterns (VIDEO)

Mixing and matching patterns — it’s neither for the faint of heart nor those not yet solidly familiar with the foundations of fashion.  

According to David Colman’s article in the New York Times entitled, “Men and Plaid Do Mix” these days more and more straight dudes are up for the challenge.  But for Jahn Hall of Brooklyn Dry Goods — who serves as our guide in this first of a five-part series — these tendencies in American menswear harken back to the 30’s and 40’s when Jahn’s grandfather was one of many who rocked it.

We shot these clips behind the scenes of a shoot that Jahn, and his BDG co-founder Kurt Uhlendorf, produced for dapperQ.  As you can see from the photo to the right — taken from our Seven Days of dapper installment — 2011 Miss Lez Drae Campbell is no stranger to brilliantly matching patterns. Watching this short vid won’t teach you what Jahn and Drae know, but it might just pique your interest to learn more.

Next Week: Mixing Rather Than Matching

Susan Herr

As a teacher, nonprofit executive, philanthropist and filmmaker, Susan is passionately committed to advancing ideas that matter. She founded dapperQ in 2009 on the hunch that fashion could build solidarity in the GLBTQ community and positive visibility for her peers in the broader media landscape. For her work with dapperQ, Susan has been quoted and featured in media outlets that include the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Curve, and Diva. She was also named to Go Magazine’s 100 Women We Love. She pays the bills as managing director for Trigger Creative, a film production company based in Brooklyn where she lives with her wife Shannon.

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