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Match Fitness: Menswear Madness, Patterns & Kim Kee-hee quadrant

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The first round of voting comes to an end with some fun prints.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

In this edition of Menswear Madness we wrap up the first round of voting in the bracket with the Patterns & Kim Kee-hee quadrant. This group of outfits all feature plaid, stripes, or Kim Kee-hee. Look, at a certain point you have to start stretching to be able to name each section of the bracket. Let’s see who put their patterns (or Kim Kee-hee) to the best use.

Menswear Madness bracket

Try to stave-off that decision fatigue for a little bit longer, because we’ve got looks to choose between.


Patterns & Kim Kee-hee

#1 Broadway Jordan Morris vs #8 Dystopian Román Torres

I don’t know if this is the best ‘fit Jordan Morris has ever put together, but it’s probably my personal favorite. That strong crop, the pinstripe sweater, the jacket that’s either worsted wool or Morris was ahead of the teddy coat trend, it’s all really great together. Torres in the other picture is the second-best dressed, as his son Adriano flexes on him in that varsity jacket. I do like Román’s pants and shoes, but that sweater looks like something from the costume department from the Book of Eli, and I don’t mean that in a good way.

Poll

Who advances?

This poll is closed

  • 52%
    #1 Broadway Jordan Morris
    (101 votes)
  • 47%
    #8 Dystopian Román Torres
    (92 votes)
193 votes total Vote Now

#2 Love, Kee-hee vs #7 #XaviHive

I’m a big Kim Kee-hee fan, and at times last year I made the argument that he might have been the best dresser on the team. He put together some good looks, but frankly his game day style never topped this opening day ‘fit. The fit of these pants is really cool — slightly loose, with a pretty serious crop — and the sweater is a work of art. The Gucci sneakers don’t hurt things, either. Arreaga, for his part, put together some pretty good looks as well, but he just doesn’t execute at a terribly high level. I like the nautical striped sweater, and I appreciate the chain, but there’s something about his backpack that brings the whole thing down.

Poll

Who advances?

This poll is closed

  • 81%
    #2 Love, Kee-hee
    (157 votes)
  • 18%
    #7 #XaviHive
    (35 votes)
192 votes total Vote Now

#3 Big Coat Energy vs #6 Dr. Morris’s Interns

This look from Torres has everything: some of his best hair, a nice, simple black and grey combo with the pants and tee, and a plaid top coat that fits impossibly well on his big frame. There’s really no fault in this ‘fit. The combo of looks from Alex and Cristian Roldan in the second picture is good; Alex’s nautical stripe tee and his shirt jacket/utility jacket is a great, approachable look, and Cristian’s sweater blazer is a really cool piece. Sadly, they just don’t reach the same heights that Torres’s look does.

Poll

Who advances?

This poll is closed

  • 60%
    #3 Big Coat Energy
    (113 votes)
  • 39%
    #6 Dr. Morris’s Interns
    (75 votes)
188 votes total Vote Now

#4 Kelvin LeerDAMN vs #5 J-Mo Smooth

Kelvin Leerdam’s style is singular, it’s got more of a street wear influence than maybe anyone else on the team. He’s got an eye for great jackets, and this one is paired with a super trendy vertical striped shirt. The scale and color make this one look cooler than some louder versions you might see. This look from Morris has a vibe that might seem more at home in an NBA locker room. Jordan works in this sort of color palette a lot, and this layering in this particular look makes the whole thing work especially well, with the black hoodie standing out a little more because of the grey sherpa collar. The plaid pants are good, and I’m always a fan of a chain, but I just don’t think this look is quite as good as Leerdam’s.

Poll

Who advances?

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    #4 Kelvin LeerDAMN
    (121 votes)
  • 36%
    #5 J-Mo Smooth
    (69 votes)
190 votes total Vote Now

That completes the first round of voting. Up next we’ll see who made it to the Round of 16, and determine who advances to the Quarterfinals. You can see the first three installments here.