On the other hand, I find it even more intriguing to alter the pattern through fabric manipulation. I often use patterns in pleats, which seems to 'multiply' it - visually the pattern gets distorted and the eye is drawn to the spot as to find re-establish pattern.
Here is an example of a dress that both combines geometric pattern with a solid color and explores fabric distortion. The geometric blue/grey shapes are the center of the design but the neckline, sleeves, and hem frame it in a lovely way. The eye, however, is drawn to the waistline. I inserted seams every inch, the same width as the small squares, and thus intensified the repetition.
In the end, the simple silhouette and the pattern work well together. The dress can be worn as is - no jewelry needed as it is ornamental in its own right. Or, a statement necklace can dress it up for a special occasion.
Do you enjoy garments with patterns? How would you wear this dress?