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A Men’s Guide to Wearing Plaid

This classic pattern has a rich history: Here’s how to wear it.

 A Men’s Guide to Wearing Plaid
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It’s striking, it’s bold, and it’s back… again. Out of all the motifs that make frequent reappearances in on-trend fashion wardrobes, plaid is one of the patterns with the widest reach and richest history. That’s probably why designers and fashion-lovers around the world can’t seem to get enough of it. Plaids were originally worn as a regional identity in Scotland, a dressing practice the Smithsonian has compared to repping your favorite team with a logo cap.

In modern wardrobes, plaid is prevalent in menswear and a handsome choice for an impressive range of occasions. Slip plaid into the mix when you’re looking for an extra visual kick—or a little ‘70s Brit punk inspiration. Need some help working this trend into the mix? Here are three style-savvy ways to wear it.

Two plaid men's sports coats and three plaid ties laid flat on a white background.

Monday mornings

Amp up your 9-to-5 look with just the right dose of plaid. Sportcoats are one dressy staple that look smart when rendered in this attention-grabbing pattern. Pair them with a neutral base like dark slacks and a white button-down. Experiment with a touch of this fashion-forward motif with a more subtle plaid tie or pocket square.

Saturday nights

If weekend plans had their own dress code, the key word would be “fun.” Plaid joggers are a lively (and, let’s be real, comfortable) pick for your downtime attire. Their classic motif makes them a good balance to well-worn tees and off-duty favorites. Pair them with fresh kicks or slides for an on-point casual look. 

Three pairs of plaid men's pants laid flat on a white background.
Four plaid men's shirts laid flat on a white background.

All day, everyday

When it comes to go-to favorites for fall, it’s hard to beat a plaid button-down. This undisputable staple has maintained as an everyday essential since they first appeared on the fashion radar in the ‘90s. As we head into cooler days, keep one of these on hand to layer over outfits all week long. 

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