(cardigan & tie - C.M. | shirt - Old Navy | tie clip - Suited Man | trousers - Zara | shoes - To Boot New York)
Plaid has been made popular by everyone from country music lovers to hipsters. I want to discuss how plaid should be used in the style rotation of the everyday man.
Tossing a slim-cut, plaid shirt into your weekly rotation for work can change a typical suit into a smart sartorial move. As I'm sure you've noticed, patterned shirts are becoming more and more popular--and styles like gingham have made room for plaid to find it's place in a smart causal setting. I don't condone wearing it into the board room, but for everyday use, I think it's a great call.
If you decide to wear a plaid shirt with a suit and tie, there are some things to consider. Plaid has a lot going on. Because of that, keep the suit and tie a solid color. As a rule of thumb if you have to mix patterns, make sure it's not the suit and the tie, and make sure the pattern is a smaller proportion than the plaid you're wearing.
Style note: Try wearing a bright contrasting color tie bar. It's spring and color is never a bad thing, so let the details set you apart.
- Don't judge plaid too quickly; there's room for a plaid shirt in your wardrobe.
- Wear it to work, wear it to play, but don't wear it in a formal setting.
- Add some color via accessories. The details are important.
Wear It Write.