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April 22, 2015

Stripes, Plaid, & Graphics: Springtime Fun for a Stylish Night Out

When the weather warms up, the idea of dressing with some color and pattern is so appealing, especially for a night out. The complicated part can be how to incorporate them so you still look masculine and modern, without looking too flashy. Sure, we want people to do a quick double take when they see us enter the room – but only for the right reasons. Once you’ve read up on the patterns that we love this season – stripes, plaids, and graphic hints are the topic of this week’s Clothes & Conversation - check out our top picks for after 5 below.
And let us know what you think in the comments. Visit us tomorrow (Thursday) for our casual picks in some amazing prints. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/canali-regular-fit-plaid-linen-sport-shirt/3882155
After 5 doesn’t always mean formal wear, especially in the warmer months. This classic fitting button up shirt from Canali will get you through many summer evenings in dapper style. The truly luxurious 100% linen fabric will keep you comfortable, and it’s the burnt orange and blue plaid combination that makes this one of our favorite patterned shirts of the season. It goes with flat front cotton twill pants, tan or navy linen pants, and dark wash jeans for any night out. And because the fine quality is so apparent, it can easily be worn with a cotton or linen navy blazer, if you choose. Tan or brown suede casual oxfords play perfectly into the colors of this shirt.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Milano-Fit-Mini-Bead-Stripe-1818-Suit/MK00602,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Milano Fit Mini Bead Stripe 1818 Suit
Brooks Brothers - Milano Fit Mini Bead Stripe 1818 Suit
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Brooks Brothers - Milano Fit Mini Bead Stripe 1818 Suit
Milano Fit Mini Bead Stripe 1818 Suit
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Of course, a classic suit is also a must-have in the warmer months, for those formal summer evenings that may involve a wedding, charity function, work event, or fine dining restaurant. A dark navy stripe suit is always a safe and stylish bet. Brooks Brothers’ Milano model has a contemporary fit with narrow lapels and trimmer fitting pants that looks current without being trendy. The all wool fabric, woven in Italy, is lightweight and soft for a warm evening. A spread collar, crisp white shirt and a solid or small pattern tie will create just the polished look that will make you feel modern and appropriate.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-classic-fit-plaid-sport-coat/3952629 Peter Millar - Classic Fit Plaid Sport Coat
Peter Millar - Classic Fit Plaid Sport Coat
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Peter Millar - Classic Fit Plaid Sport Coat
Classic Fit Plaid Sport Coat
Peter Millar
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A gent can make good use of a versatile sport coat for his after 5 needs. And this rich burgundy with a blue over plaid is easy to accessorize. The wool/silk/linen blend fabric is perfect for warm weather, and works well with Peter Millar’s classic fit for comfort and ease. The soft pattern of the jacket looks good with other patterns so try a stripe or blue check shirt. To dress things up, wear it with charcoal wool pants. Dark wash jeans offset the color combination wonderfully, for a more relaxed evening.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/%27mason%27-slim-fit%2C-stretch-cotton-button-down-shirt/hbna50283743.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Mason Stretch Cotton Button Down Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss - Mason Stretch Cotton Button Down Shirt
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Mason Stretch Cotton Button Down Shirt
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Geometric prints have returned as a fashion statement in mens dressing. This contemporary fit Hugo Boss shirt has a masculine modern look with its smaller spread collar and graphic take on a floral design. All you need is a great pair of dark wash jeans for a night out, and a cool pair of shoes – stylish sneakers will give you a casual look, while black lace up oxfords will dress up your look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bugatchi-shaped-fit-check-sport-shirt/3882397 Bugatchi - Shaped Fit Check Sport Shirt
Bugatchi - Shaped Fit Check Sport Shirt
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Shaped Fit Check Sport Shirt
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Prints come in all shapes and sizes, and in this case, Bugatchi found two that work together effortlessly. The Dobby print has pops of color on a deep blue ground with a coordinating – but different - print trim that provides just enough contrast to give a pop to an easy look with your favorite dark wash jeans for any casual night. Because of the deep colors, it is best suited with a bit of a dressier shoe, like black loafers. The super soft cotton has a beautiful feel to it, in a classically modern fit, with slight shaping in the body that provides a sleek look for most gents.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-graham-tijuana-tailored-fit-jacquard-sport-shirt/3902987 Robert Graham - Tijuana Tailored Fit Jacquard Sport Shirt
Robert Graham - Tijuana Tailored Fit Jacquard Sport Shirt
If we’re talking about pattern, we have to talk about Robert Graham. The classic fit of this brand, and unique pattern combinations, never disappoint. And never go out of style, either – that’s why so many gents like to add at least one new one to their wardrobes each season. The grey tonal jacquard pattern has a whimsical tiki print with a contrast trim that is easy to pair with jeans and a black shoe for a night out.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/grayers-shore-club-stripe-crewneck-sweater/3883823 Grayers - Shore Club Stripe Crewneck Sweater
Grayers - Shore Club Stripe Crewneck Sweater
When the sun goes down, we’re often looking for a good-looking sweater to head out for the evening – especially if we’ll be in an air-conditioned bar or restaurant. The thicker rugby stripe of Grayers cotton sweater takes on an easy night feel in 2 shades of rich blue and slim contemporary fit. It effortlessly coordinates with your dark wash jeans or flat front cotton twills. For a casual night, wear it with a white t-shirt and sneakers. But you can also add a little upscale feel with a white or blue button up shirt and a lace up shoe.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/John-Varvatos-Star-USA-Striped-Short-Sleeve-Polo-Shirt-Navy-White/prod180410036_cat48960733__/p.prod John Varvatos Star USA - Striped Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt
John Varvatos Star USA - Striped Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt
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John Varvatos Star USA - Striped Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt
Striped Short-Sleeve Polo Shirt
John Varvatos Star USA
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Warm evenings often call for appreciating them. If you’ll be hanging out outdoors, maybe at a backyard party or barbecue, you can still look good. And you will in this striped polo from John Varvatos Star USA. The blue and white stripe is timeless with dark wash jeans or neutral shorts. You can also have some fun by wearing it with washed colored shorts, too. The contemporary fit, 3-button placket and spread collar gives you a modern, stylish look.
http://www.eastdane.com/jacquard-floral-stripe-shirt-native/vp/v=1/1518727417.htm Native Youth - Floral Stripe Shirt
Native Youth - Floral Stripe Shirt
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Native Youth - Floral Stripe Shirt
Floral Stripe Shirt
Native Youth
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Florals can be intimidating to some gents, so this short sleeve button up shirt is a great way to incorporate the pattern in to your wardrobe. Native Youth (a stylish English company) subtly incorporates it by embroidering small flowers into a stripe pattern – and every gent is confident in a stripe, so you can ease right in to the floral print. No detail goes unnoticed on this shirt, like the welted detail on the chest pocket, which is what makes us such big fans. It works great with jeans, flat front cotton twill pants, and shorts. Add sneakers or canvas slip-ons to complete the look.
 

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