All plaid out
Unless you bear any resemblance to Bubble Boy and live in an isolated world of your own, you’re aware that plaid/checked patterns have been the hottest thing this year. From H&M to Hermès, every brand out there is offering some kind of plaid alternative: jackets, suits, pants, shirts, you name it. However, the one that stands out the most is definitely the shirt. Lets face it: this is THE must have item for this Fall/Winter (hell, it was this Summer’s must have as well!). If you’re the least enthusiastic about fashion, like to be somewhat on pair with trends and can only afford one item, the plaid shirt is this years’ obvious choice.
The best thing about it? You won’t need to spend much to get your hands on one, as they’re available everywhere and with different price tags, so you’ll surely find something that fits your wallet. Obviously, quality comes at price and you get what you pay for: usually cheaper versions will be more on the casual side of things whereas dressier alternatives will cost you (there are exceptions tough, many high end labels are selling pricey flannel shirts). I’m a supporter of more subtle patterns and often choose the smaller versions (micro plaid, thin stripes) over large ones, but in this case I’ll make an exception. My only advice is for you to balance the pattern with your body frame: if you’re more on the petit side, avoid large plaids; a bigger frame however, will look off balanced with a micro plaid.
Also, an interesting way to get the most out of your money is to choose a piece that you can wear as an outerwear alternative, the so called over shirt. Heavier fabrics are the way to go here so feel free to go with flannel, thick wools and the likes. If you’re buying a shirt for this purpose, keep in mind that you’ll be wearing at least one other layer underneath it, so it might be a good idea to go one size up (while maintaing a trim fit).
I’ll leave you with a few options to get you going:
Our Legacy 1940’s Dove Blue Check - 130€ @ Our Legacy.
Our Legacy Cowberry Check - 120€ @ Our Legacy.
Adam Kimmel Tie Hold Shirt Green Plaid - 238€ @ Trés Bien Shop.
A.P.C. Flannel Over Shirt Red - 146€ @ Trés Bien Shop.
Zara Flannel Shirt - 29.95€ @ Zara.
Gant Rugger Syracuse Twill Check Shirt - approx 85€ @ Gant.
Beyond Fabric suggests…
For these early days of Fall, when the sun still shines and the temperature doesn’t make your teeth chatter, here’s a cool laid back look for those out of the office moments. The black watch Paul Smith jacket gives a timeless pattern an updated look through the fit and attention to detail we’ve come to expect from Sir Paul. Its versatility allows you to wear it as jacket or as an overshirt and the woven wool fabric is enough to keep you warm. Underneath and since the jacket has such an expressive pattern, keep it simple with a white oxford button down like this one from Gitman Bros. The shirt is a perfect match for the renowned A.P.C.’s New Standard Jeans, a slim fitting model featured here in a dark wash. Footwear wise, Clarks’ Desert Boots will keep the casual feel while making you look more put together; they’re available in all sorts of colors but I suggest these in tan leather as you’ll be able to wear them with most things in your closet and they work great with dark denim (and the green tones of the jacket).
Paul Smith Check Jacket - (approx.) 320€ @ Por Vocação
Gitman Bros. White Button Down Oxford - 130€ @ Trés Bien Shop
A.P.C. New Standard Jeans - 89,5€ (50% off) @ Wrong Weather (Photo from Context Clothing)
Clarks Desert Boots - (approx.) 85€ @ Clarks (Photo from Prepidemic)