Boldly go this spring, where you might have gone this fall (and enjoy it).
Boss Level: Fully Suited
Custom Unstructured Grey Plaid Wool Suit – Tailor 4 Less | Double Monk Strap Shoes – Suitsupply | Lorenzo Briefcase – Maxwell Scott Bags | White Cutaway Collar Shirt & Grey Wool Herringbone Tie – Oliver Wicks | Waterbury Chronograph Watch – Timex + Redwing
The old adage of “life’s too short to wearing boring clothes” is one I fully agree with it. Before you go off the handle with notions like, “where can I wear something like this?”, “this kind of suit isn’t for a regular” — please take you hand off the panic button. There’s a way to rock a plaid grey suit during the spring that will give you more character without making you look like a character.
Why It Works
There’s a lot that can go wrong with a plaid suit especially if the base color is too bold. With a grey hue that’s lighter than charcoal, but, a few shades darker than heathered/French grey — this suit lives in the purgatory of the everyday grey suit. You’re probably not going to wear this suit everyday because the pattern is distinct, however; you can break it up and get some outstanding wear out of it.
Two Subtle Details
The brass buttons are key! When I designed this suit there was one thing I wanted to do — make a jacket that can truly been worn as a blazer. The brass buttons are royal and utilitarian at the same time, which gives the wearer the option to dress jacket up or down (while a subtle twist).
Take a closer look at this pattern. You’ll notice a subtle black windowpane check that intersects the grey check double windowpane pattern. This black check is the key to grounding this suit. Sounds crazy, right?! The dark color is the linch-pin of this fabric because it pulls the tones together without clashing with the grey check. Luckily, it’s not a blue or red check like a Glen plaid because the pattern would become an eyesore.
Custom Grey Plaid Suit Trousers – Tailor 4 less | Burgundy Cotton Tuxedo Henley – H&M | Deerfield II Oxblood Tassel Loafers – Johnston & Murphy | Aviator Sunglasses – James Dean Eyewear | Gold Tank Watch – Hugo Boss
There are certain color combinations that are pure magic — Oxblood and grey are as magical as it get. The rich red tones add beautiful warmth to a neutral grey and makes a plaid suit more approachable when paired together. With any plaid suit, the pieces often work best as separates and wearing the pants solo is no exception to that rule.
If you want to pull the grey plaid trouser look, be sure to keep your shirt solid and casual. A henley or a tailored t-shirt is a smart take on the casual dress wear.
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM