Like a brown suit, a plaid suit is definitely a next step proposition once you’ve gotten comfortable with the basics and decided it’s time to expand your style vocabulary. The distinctive look of a plaid suit screams sartorial sophistication and when worn properly, can show that you’ve graduated from solids and into a new realm filled with possibilities. In addition to—and perhaps despite—its uniqueness, a plaid suit is extremely versatile. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting looks that showcase the several ways you can wear it, but to kick things off here’s some inspiration for how to wear a grey plaid three piece suit.
If you’re thinking about adding a plaid suit to your wardrobe, consider this as a general rule: a subtle pattern projects timelessness and distinction, while a bolder pattern will appear trendier. The windowpane pattern I’m wearing is a great example of the former and is, in my opinion, a true gentleman’s suit. In either case, styling it with an uncomplicated shirt and accessories provides a starting point for an exploration into more refined, elegant, and involved expressions of style.
In many ways, I view this look as a companion to the look I put together for Playboy last month, highlighting burgundy accessories as a key component of fall style. It’s also a good illustration of how to work patterns into your accessories with a solid color suit, and keep it simple with a patterned one, as shown here. Often it’s the simple that can be most striking.