Mixing casual with businesslike…white jeans, purple plaid dress shirt, mike kors tie, brooks brothers blazer, blue suede loafers and totally not matching red socks…why? Because I can 😉
Good day gentlemen, this post will tackle one of my favorite patterns in clothing and that is plaid.
Plaid (or tartan) was first worn by the Scots in the form of kilts in the 17th century as a sign of resistance against the empire and was banned for a few decades for this reason. For many years it was a staple of the working man’s flannel shirt until the mid 20th century when the pattern popped up on blazers, and even tuxedos in the 1970s (thankfully we have not seen this trend since!). Plaid flannel shirts enjoyed another revival in the 90s with the grunge rock movement and people would often wear them tied around their waist.
Nowadays, you can find plaid on a number of items of clothing. Ties, shirts, blazers, pocket squares, scarves and even pants and suits! I do not recommend that you wear an all-plaid uniform, I do recommend however, that you incorporate it into your wardrobe and wear one item in any given outfit just to give it a dash of brash confidence. Observe this example:
See how the first thing you notice about the outfit is the blazer? That’s the reaction you want! Wear it with a light colored shirt (remember, white goes with any and everything) and you got a recipe for dapperness!
Of course another way to use plaid in your outfit is by rocking a plaid tie as seen here:
Notice how it is paired with contrasting patterns and a darker color to help accentuate it’s color and pattern. Remember the basics!
And of course you can always use a plaid shirt in your wardrobe as demonstrated below:
Layered under a cardigan, it is a great casual weekend look that will make you look good without even trying!
One thing I would really like to rock one day would be a beautiful prince of wales plaid suit such as this one from Indochino. Notice the subtlety of the pattern here that allows you to mix and match your shirts and ties easier for it.
So there you have it. The next time you look at a plaid shirt/blazer/tie/scarf/pocket square, remember this post, pick it up and imagine the dapper possibilities, step out of that comfort zone!
As always, stay dapper 😉