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The Burgundy Carrigan Check Shirt
Ledbury
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A colorful check or plaid shirt makes a great fashion statement. We like this bold version from Ledbury because the pairing of a deep burgundy and pale blue are seasonless . You’ll be able to wear this shirt with flat front cotton twill pants now (as shown) and wool trousers or dark wash jeans as the weather cools down. Let this shirt be the star by keeping the rest of your outfit neutral - everything from tan to navy blue to charcoal grey will work with it.

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08/19/2014

Plaids & Checks: A Little Pattern Never Hurt Anyone (Not that We Know of, Anyway)

The importance of plaids and checks in menswear ebbs and flows over the years. Well, it’s in a “flow” now and will continue all through winter. They can be found in everything from a button-down shirt to a sport jacket to an entire suit. And it’s not just straight-up plaid. There are subtle versions to bold ones, small prints to large. Some houndstooth and argyle are thrown in for good measure, too. This is one of our favorite ways to break up all the solids that are generally in our wardrobes. And none of them will have you looking anything like a lumberjack.

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Polo Ralph Lauren - Bedford Guncheck Sport Coat
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Bedford Guncheck Sport Coat
Bedford Guncheck Sport Coat
Polo Ralph Lauren
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Head to your nearest fireplace with a fine cigar when you put on this awesome Polo Ralph Lauren sport coat. Made in Italy, it is the epitome of a classic check that is always in style and fun to wear. We always have a hard time resisting a great elbow patch. In typical Ralph Lauren style, they’ve paired it with some bold patterns. We also like it with jeans and a brighter solid sweater or a complimentary windowpane pattern shirt and solid wool or knit tie. Play up the classic heritage feel.
http://store-us.hugoboss.com/%27The-James/Sharp-WE%27-|-Regular-Fit%2C-Super-100-Italian-Virgin-Wool-3-Piece-Suit/hbna50276273,en_US,pd.html
BOSS Hugo Boss - The James/Sharp Italian Virgin Wool 3-Piece Suit
This suit from Hugo Boss combines two mens fashion trends – pattern and vests. And we are fans of both. It is sharp and sophisticated. Do be sure the vest lays flat under your jacket to ensure a slim silhouette. When done right, this is nothing short of dashing. The grey glen plaid works with both solid and pattern dress shirts and ties. Don’t be afraid to break this suit up, too. For a more adventurous office casual look, wear the vest with dark wash jeans, a bolder pattern dress shirt, and solid tie.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Fitzgerald-Fit-Tonal-Plaid-Dress-Trousers/MJ00138,default,pd.html
Brooks Brothers - Fitzgerald Fit Tonal Plaid Dress Trousers
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Brooks Brothers - Fitzgerald Fit Tonal Plaid Dress Trousers
Fitzgerald Fit Tonal Plaid Dress Trousers
Brooks Brothers
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These modern fitting glen plaid pants from Brooks Brothers show how a subtle pattern adds just the right amount of dash to a pair of wool dress pants for work. These look great with a solid or wider-spaced striped shirt and solid sweater. It effortlessly works for the office, well into the evening. The soft and luxurious fabric is from Italy’s renowned fabric mill, L.Botto.
http://www.jmclaughlin.com/beekman-spread-collar-in-royal-check.html
J. McLaughlin - Beekman Spread Collar Shirt
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J. McLaughlin - Beekman Spread Collar Shirt
Beekman Spread Collar Shirt
J. McLaughlin
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Because gents, we know you probably already have a lot of solid color pants, plaid and check shirts can be the workhorse of your wardrobe. This blue and white plaid pattern from J.McLaughlin can go to the office with a navy blazer and khakis or serve as a weekend shirt with your jeans. Roll up the sleeves on the weekend or add a solid knit or wool tie during the week. Now, that’s multi-tasking.

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BOSS Hugo Boss - Woven Silk Tie
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Woven Silk Tie
Woven Silk Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss
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You’ve known check and plaid ties are fashion trends but never quite sure how to wear them? Try this silk gingham one from Hugo Boss. With a white dress shirt and grey or navy suit, it is a dressy tie. With a small houndstooth pattern dress shirt or small Tattersall pattern dress shirt, it’s a more casual tie. So, where you might think a tie like this is too specific, in reality, a bolder pattern can be one of the most versatile options in your wardrobe. This one certainly will be.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Pantherella-Mid-Calf-Mini-Gingham-Knit-Socks-Dark-Gray-Pantherella/prod168990199_cat46610736__/p.prod
Pantherella - Mid-Calf Mini-Gingham Knit Socks
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Pantherella - Mid-Calf Mini-Gingham Knit Socks
Mid-Calf Mini-Gingham Knit Socks
Pantherella
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Socks are a fun place to pick up little trendy style. Check out these dark grey/mint gingham check socks from Pantherella. Great with your dark jeans or a sport coat and wool dress pants.
 

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