Patterns: Mad For Glen Plaid

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Imparali Glen Plaid Suit x Men's Style ProCustom 3 Piece Glen Suit by Imparali Custom Tailors (available online) – Vintage Suit Knit tie – Custom French Cuff Shirt by Enzo Custom Clothiers

Ok, we’ll admit it, suits can get boring. With the hoards of young professionals donning their navy, grey and black two-piece suits, there comes a point when everyone starts to look exactly the same. Of course, we’ll applaud the effort to “suit up”, but we think you can up your style acumen by going Glen Plaid with your next suit purchase.

Glen Plaid refers to the woven checked pattern, typically large and small checks in black and white. This pattern is named for the Glenurquhart valley in Scotland where it was first used in the 19th century (wiki). If you’ve perused any menswear magazine, or you’ve kept up with brands like Michael Bastian and Ralph Lauren, you seen an added color like red, orange, purple or bold blue in addition to the black and white color scheme in their glen plaid suit options.

Typically, glen plaid is a subtle pattern, however; depending on the brand, the pattern is sometimes enlarged for a more dramatic and bold effect. Depending on your personal style preference, you can place yourself on either end of the Glen Plaid Boldness Spectrum (or GPBS, which is not an actual scale). Below are some style tips on styling your Glen Plaid suit, and images for inspiration. The three-piece custom suit featured in this post is by Imparali Custom Tailors (with locations in NY & Texas).

Style Tips

  • Shirts: if this is your first venture into plaid suiting, stick with solid shirts. Don’t be afraid to mix up the look with patterned ties. Pin dots and solid knit or woven ties complement this pattern best.
  • Shirts: if you would consider yourself a seasoned veteran, some gingham shirts and plaid shirts (with large or smaller patterns than the suit) will work well.
  • Shoes: if you suit is purely black & white, you should stick with black shoes. If your Glen Plaid has a third color (think red, blue, purple or orange), this will give you more options in terms of shoe colors to pair with it. If that is the case, definitely mix in a pair of chestnut-brown kicks.
  • Mixing It Up: Break Up This Suit!! Glen plaid pants with a blue blazer (or the inverse). The blazer from this suit works perfect with white chinos & denim (it’s almost summer).
  • Keep It Versatile: if you’re going custom, choose buttons that will not isolate your choice of shoes or other accessories (see the grey buttons on this suit).
  • Know your place: This pattern is not the most conservative, so be sure to know where you’re planning to wear it or what position you hold at your place of work.

 

Waist Coat & Trousers

Glen Plaid Suit by Imparali Custom Tailor x Men's Style ProCustom Glen Plaid Waist Coat & Trousers by Imparali Custom Tailors

Glen Plaid Custom Suit by Imparali Custom Tailors x Men's Style ProCustom Spread Collar Shirt by Ratio Clothing – “The Judge” Wool Tie by The Knottery

Imparali Custom tailors Glen Plaid Suit x Men's Style ProSilver Watch by Timex – Vintage Cordovan Leather Briefcase

Blazer & Trousers

Glen Plaid Imparali Custom tailor suit x Men's Style ProCustom Glen Plaid Suit by Imparali Custom Tailors

Glen Plaid Imparali Custom tailor suit x Men's Style Pro“The Jury” Tie by The KnotteryCustom Pink Gingham Shirt by J.HilburnLapel Circle by Vivarati

Glen Plaid Custom Suit by Imparali Custom tailor x Men's Style ProWatch by Alias Kim

Glen Plaid Custom Suit by Imparali Custom tailor x Men's Style ProCooper Brogues by Fin’s For Him

Full Three Piece

Custom Glen Plaid Suit By Imparali Custom tailors x Men's Style ProCustom Three Piece Suit by Imparali Custom Tailors – Black Tassel Loafers by Johnston & Murphy

Custom Glen Plaid Suit By Imparali Custom tailors x Men's Style ProCustom French Cuff Shirt by Enzo Custom Clothiers – Vintage Silk Knit Tie

Custom Glen Plaid Suit By Imparali Custom tailors x Men's Style ProSilver Dial Watch With Mesh Strap by Timex

Visit http://www.imparali.com/ to check out more suits and other custom pieces.

Best,

Sabir

@MensStylePro

Sabir M Peele

Founder & Creative Director

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

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