We’ve done a casual plaid look before, but plaid with a blazer really will be a trendy look this Fall, so you’ve got to know how to dress it up. That means tying on some neckwear. Sound like a little much? Don’t worry. We’ve got your back. All it takes is a calm, striped tie.
This is plaid dressed up, but it’s still not your 9 to 5. Try this look out at a business casual party or at a laid back office. You start with Hickey Freeman’s gorgeous cashmere coat to nicely go with a classic navy, green, and gold tartan shirt by Gap — a very casual look, but if you iron that shirt up, it’ll hold its own. The tie is key: when you’re doing ties with a plaid, you don’t want a solid colored tie because that just looks like an ink blotch down the middle of your shirt. You want a striped piece that tones down the wildness of the plaid, while still playing on the shirt’s colors. This neck-piece by Brooks Brothers has a muted color combo of navy and green that plays off the shirt with diagonal stripes; it almost looks like a minimalistic distillation of what your plaid shirt was going for. Now slap on Tommy Hilfiger’s khakis: slim and non-pleated, these are easily some of the best in the game. Throw on the sleekest, most legit shoes by Paul Smith and you’ve sealed the deal.
Hickey Freeman Sportcoat, $1450 at Hickey Freeman.
Gap Plaid Shirt: $29.99 at Gap.
Brooks Brothers Tie, $75 at Brooks Brothers.
Tommy Hilfiger Khakis, $78 at Tommy Hilfiger.
Paul Smith Pitney Shoes, $415 at Paul Smith.