How To Pull Off A Plaid Suit
An old-school look is getting the new-school treatment. Yes, thanks to the visionary efforts of some truly “mad men,” the plaid suit has found a new place in the annuals of today’s sharpest dressers. It’s a suit that, when worn properly, has an almost vintage elegance; the re-envisioned plaid suit comes across as erudite with hints of unexpected traditionalism. However, that’s not to say it can automatically put you at the head of the class. Without the proper know-how, a plaid suit could just make it look like you’re playing office in grandpa’s suit. We wouldn’t want that to happen, so here’s a brief primer on how to pull off a plaid suit.
What is a plaid suit?
When guys hear “plaid,” most think “kilt.” That’s not what we’re talking about. In contemporary menswear terms, “plaid” refers to three individual fabric patterns that create interesting depth in the aesthetic of the suit: windowpane, glen plaid and Prince of Wales. The windowpane suit has both horizontal and vertical pinstripes that intersect to make boxes; the glen plaid is a tight twill pattern of broken checks; and the Prince of Wales is actually a glen plaid on a windowpane scale.
When to wear a plaid suit?
When it comes to the workday, the plaid suit is super-sartorial. It has a dapper, alt-executive demeanor that pulls a 180 on the solid suit: It has a modish appeal that makes a solid seem outmoded and dull. The plaid suit owns distinctive style and eminent versatility. The individual components can be worn separately to more relaxed, stylish events. For instance, pair a bold-plaid blazer with jeans for your next date to impress her with your outside-the-box abilities.
How to wear a plaid suit?
The plaid suit presents you with many options. For the truly sophisticated, the patterning should be very subtle; trendier looks can be derived from bolder patterns. And since it does suffer from an old-timer stigma, the fit should be closely tailored in order to pull off a plaid suit. In fact, it’s the fitted tailoring that allows this particular style of suit to transition from retro to royal.
Ways to wear a plaid suit?
- Windowpane: Here the pattern is straightforward and what you see is what you get. So, the best choice is to go “two for three” with patterns. Those with more fashion sense can probably pull together three patterns with a fair amount of ease though.
- Glen Plaid: The pattern in a glen plaid is much more subdued; you can always play it safe by wearing a solid shirt and a patterned tie or you can experiment with three patterns: Consider a striped or lightly checked shirt with a patterned tie.
- Prince of Wales: The intricate patterning and bolder lines running through a Prince of Wales plaid are more noticeable. The smart choice is always playing it safe: Go with the solid shirt and the patterned tie. Let the suit speak for itself in this instance.
Why wear a plaid suit?
It’s an unexpected alternative to the everyday dress code. The look is presently enjoying a modish revival that lands outside old routines. In a plaid suit, a man looks dapper, demanding and distinguished.