Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of a Plaid Suit
Aside from making you look like you took the color block trend a little too far, wearing only solids also makes it hard to put together a cohesive outfit. Plaid suits, on the other hand, add variation in shades and colors to your look. So a gray plaid jacket with just one stroke of blue crisscrossing the gray works really well with blue trousers, blue chinos, even blue jeans. For all the angst most men have about the colors in their outfits matching, (peruse the comments section of just about any story in The Compass and you’ll see the same question over and over again–what matches with such-and-such?) it’s shocking how few men wear the fabrics that do all of the color matching for you: the best example of which is the plaid suit.
Allow us to show you the light. Let’s say you’ve got a wardrobe full of solids, like the average guy. You’ve got a collection of solid shirts in white and blue (which, as we’ve suggested before, is all you really need), you’ve got a foundation suit in navy blue or charcoal gray, and your dresser is full of casual staples like blue jeans, white polo shirts and gray sweaters. In essence, you’re a regular guy. You’ve got enough to dress for many occasions but your outfits are not blowing anyone away. There are no big “daaaaaaaaamn, you look good” moments in your future. Traffic will not be obstructed by you in any way in these outfits. But look at how quickly and easily you can kickstart your style if you expand your wardrobe to include one strategically-chosen plaid suit.
ENTER THE STRATEGICALLY-CHOSEN PLAID SUIT
The Light Gray with Blue Check Custom Suit has exactly what we’re talking about. It’s a light gray suit (easy) with a light blue accent (even easier). The plaid pattern it creates is one of impeccable style and, much to the chagrin of many men’s perception of impeccable style, is extremely easy to wear. Here are two more easy ways to use blue to wear this plaid suit:
PLAID + YOUR TRUSTY BLUE TROUSERS
YOUR TRUSTY BLUE BLAZER + PLAID
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