Plaid: a Wardrobe Staple for Guys

Anyone with even a passing interest in men’s fashion should have by now realized that colour blocking and bright colours are a big trend this Spring and Summer for both men and women, however some of us are not quite ready to hit the streets in bright purple skinny jeans teamed with a bright orange t-shirt and sky blue trainers, so what’s a guy who wants to stand out in the crowd in a slightly more subtle way to do?

Men’s style can be a tricky thing to get right when it comes to the fine line between looking good and being fashion aware and falling into the abyss of ridiculousness, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Take plaid for example; a plaid men’s shirt worn over a white t-shirt is a look that says ‘I’ve thought about this – but I’m not trying to frighten small children with my fashion choices’.

mens checked shirts

Let’s check out (bad pun intended) a few ways to make plaid work for you.

First of all try and keep the rest of your outfit simple; crisp white men’s t-shirts look great when worn under any colour combination  of checked shirt, or you could try a coloured tee under a more subtle plaid. The weather and season will also play a part in which shirt you choose: flannel is thicker and works better when the weather is cold whilst cotton naturally is better for the warmer months.

Depending on the fabric and season, you can play around with styling too. Try wearing your work-style black and red or blue and green flannel shirt over a white men’s tee and twin with dark denim jeans and work boots. If it’s warmer and you’re wearing a cotton short sleeve shirt why not wear it open over a t-shirt and team it with smart city shorts (which are going to be huge for guys this summer). A pair of boat or deck shoes will complete the look – you can even give a nod to the colour pop trend with your footwear if you like.

short sleeve plaid shirts

Plaid shirts are not the only way to wear the trend. Why not turn it on its head and instead wear a pair of plaid shorts with a basic t-shirt in any colour instead? Or if you feel that’s too much and you’re the kind of guy who doesn’t like to part with his jeans, there are loads of great, summery checkered sports shoes around at the moment – from Nike hi-tops to canvas Converse All Stars.

You can even take the trend into the workplace if you feel that your work clothes are lacking a little in the men’s trends department. A checkered tie worn with a plain white shirt is a great way to show that you’ve made an effort – even if your plan for the day is to basically read the news online and watch Youtube videos!

checkered converse

So why not check plaid out (again with the bad puns…) and see what looks you can create without having to go overboard with the colour blocking trend. There are loads of options out there at the moment and for a unique take on men’s urban wear check out our website for some clever t-shirt designs to wear under your shirt.

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