Fashion Do’s and Don’ts: The Right Way to Wear Plaid This Season

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This season, you should be mad about plaid! As an old-school look that never goes out of style, plaid garments are a safe wardrobe investment. Integrate these essential plaid clothing items and accessories into your wardrobe for head-to-toe style this season. Just keep one rule in mind: While you might be enthusiastic about your plaid finds, do not mix them together. One plaid piece per ensemble will maximize your look.

Adam Lippes for Target Nylon Puffer Jacket

Designer Adam Lippes’ recently released, limited edition line for Target includes a variety of plaid items. But, the Plaid Puffer Jacket stands out as one of the best pieces in the collection. The classic, green and black print blends with the modern shape to make it as stylish as it is warm with its fleece collar and hood. Even better, it’s machine washable, which means less hassle and fewer dry cleaning bills.

Brooks Brothers Black Watch Trousers

If you seek a more formal plaid look, you need Brooks Brothers’ Black Watch Trousers. Made of Italian wool and cashmere, these dark green and navy trousers are fully lined and extra sleek. Pair these pants with a white oxford shirt for a sharp, professional look.

Scotch & Soda Checked Scarf

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Source: Scotch & Soda

Accessories provide the opportunity to add plaid to whatever you are wearing. Made of 100% wool to keep you warm, Scotch & Soda’s fringed Checked Scarf compliments everything from outerwear to long sleeved T-shirts.

Goorin Bros. Nico Zanetti Hat

If you prefer solids to patterns, but want a pop of plaid in your wardrobe, use your head and wear Goorin Bros.’ Nico Zanetti hat. Made of Italian wool, this accessory is available in both brown and charcoal colors for a subtle yet stylish look.

Vineyard Vines Wentworth Plaid Cooper Shirt

While most plaids come in darker, autumnal colors, the same can’t be said for Vineyard Vines’ Wentworth Plaid Cooper Shirt, which is bright and preppy. Pair it with a navy blue suit or khakis to create a fun ensemble.

Theory Zack Slim-Fit Checked Cotton Shirt

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Some plaid shirts can look a little too lumberjack-friendly, but not Theory’s Zack Slim-Fit Checked Cotton Shirt. Sleek and not sloppy, you might not wear this shirt to chop wood, but you will wear it for just about every other occasion.

Banana Republic Plaid Messenger Bag

Do you have the boring briefcase blues? Banana Republic has the cure. Featuring Italian leather trim and nickel hardware, their Plaid Messenger Bag is made of high-quality wool and an attractive plaid felt, setting it apart from most traditional men’s carryalls.

Burberry House Check High-Top Trainers

You can’t sport plaid without considering the holy grail of plaid fashion, Burberry. For a modern take on a classic concept, check out their House Check High-Top Trainers. Made of soft leather and flanked with suede paneling, these kicks upgrade standard jeans and a T-shirt or sweater.

Uniqlo Flannel Check Long Sleeve Shirt

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Source: Uniqlo

Nothing will keep you toasty and comfy on a chilly autumn day quite like Uniqlo’s Flannel Check Long Sleeve Shirt. You’ll want to buy it in both navy and grey — and for what it costs, you certainly can. Wear it alone or under a knit sweater.

Sartorio Plaid PG Drop 8 Sportcoat

A plaid sportcoat is perfect for everything from date night to drinks with the boss. Sartorio’s Plaid PG Drop 8 Sportcoat integrates various shades of fall. This Italian-made jacket will impress for years to come.

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