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Men: How to Style Plaid

October 27, 2017

Rugged and laidback, the plaid shirt is your best time-saver for looking effortlessly trendy. Here’s exactly how to style plaid, from casual to dressy.


Plaid and denim were meant to be together. Plaid adds a relaxed, masculine vibe to any style of denim, from distressed light wash pairs to clean-cut and preppy dark wash pairs. If you’re headed to the office, tuck your shirt into a cuffed pair of dark jeans and add a leather belt to lend the outfit more shape and structure. On the weekend, layer an unbuttoned plaid shirt open over a white tee.

Man wearing plaid shirt tucked into dark denim.


Add some extra edge to your plaid with a pair of handsome boots or high-top sneakers. High-tops offer a gritty, urban vibe which pairs perfectly with plaid. You can go for black leather styles for a biker-inspired look, fresh sneakers for a hint of street style, or suede desert boots for a more spiffy finish. Either way, high-tops and plaid are always a winning combo, especially now that fall fashion is in full swing.

Stylish man wearing red flannel, chinos, and white high-top sneakers.


Add a sophistication to your plaid shirt with a sweater. Since plaid tends to be busy with its overlapping lines or multicolored checkers, you'll want to create balance with a plain, neutral-colored pullover sweater or light cardigan. Cream, black, or grey sweaters are your safe bets and blend well with even the most ornate plaid. They also provide a cozy layer as the weather gets cooler.

Middle-aged man wearing checkered plaid shirt with a grey cardigan sweater.

Add Flair with Fall Accessories

Sometimes the plaid shirt on its own isn't enough. For those who dig stylish accessories, a hip beanie, fedora, or warm scarf are key for adding more fall flair to your plaid. Make sure you pick accessories in basic solid shades, such as black, grey, slate, or charcoal, to avoid looking too busy. Still feel like something’s missing? Throw over a trendy bomber or leather jacket.

Stylish man wearing a buffalo check plaid shirt, sunglasses, and a black beanie outdoors.

However you wear your plaid is up to you, but always let your personal style shine through. With these tips, you’ll be ready to rock this pattern every day of the week.