I’m super excited to kick off my blog as a guest blogger with the ladies of the How We Wore It series! This months feature was on plaid. For guys, plaid has become a staple. Unfortunately, it has been overused and misused to the point where it’s almost a joke. Some guys don’t own anything other than plaid and others refuse to buy plaid because they don’t want to be “that guy”. It is easy to overuse any pattern or colour, so the best thing you can do is limit yourself to only a few pieces in any given area and, as your wardrobe grows, add more pieces while maintaining diversity.
For this post I’ve given a few ideas on how plaid can be worn as a style piece and not as a ‘meh’ piece.
I thought I would start with a little variation on the typical plaid shirt. Plaid Flannel is a classic! The Flannel button up I’m wearing here is thicker than your usual flannel, so by wearing it open over a henley or t-shirt you can use the flannel as a light fall jacket.
There are all kinds of plaids and tartans out there so look around! (Tip: Pairing patterns can be hard, especially if you are new to it, but that’s ok! If you have a patterned piece that you can’t decided what to pair it with, simplify! Wearing a basic tee and a nice, slim pair of denim is a classic look that leaves room for a statement piece like a plaid jacket. When in doubt, keep it to one pattern, and as you get more confident you’ll be able to mix and match for some really cool looks- both classic and hip!)
Plaid Flannel from Scotch & Soda
This pattern is more of a traditional tartan but still with its own twist. Sticking with the thicker material because it maintains the classic plaid style that looks and feels great in the fall.
These shirts are great fall pieces that will never go out of style, but be careful when shopping. Snap or pearlized buttons on a thin plaid shirt will look very western so unless that’s what you’re going for stick with a classic button up flannel that is more lumberjack than cowboy. (Lumberjacks are in)
Plaid Shirt from Scotch & Soda
Already have an outfit and just looking to add a bit of colour or a pop of pattern? Well, the weather is right so why not add a scarf? Plaid scarves are a classic piece and can be found just about everywhere!
Scarves are a great option this time of year because they can be added to just about every outfit to elevate both fashion and function. In addition to being an accessory piece, scarves can be surprisingly warm if you’ve never worn one before. On top of the obvious, (protection for the neck) if the scarf is long enough, you can tuck the ends into your jacket as an extra layer between your chest and the cold. This works as a great substitute for those removable liners that are popular in mens overcoats.
Scarf from H&M
Thanks for checking out my first fashion post! And thanks again to the ladies at How We Wore It for having me as a guest blogger this month. Check out their blogs @
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