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August 19, 2014

Plaids & Checks: Spruce up Your Work Wardrobe with a Little Pattern

When it comes to getting dressed for work, our first thoughts are generally around what looks good and what is appropriate for the office. This isn’t our go-to spot to try something new and daring. And that’s what’s so great about working plaids and checks into our clothes for work. It can be subtly sophisticated in a small check shirt; classic and retro in a bold, plaid jacket; or, contemporary and stylish in a great button-down shirt, with a different pattern tie. Whatever your sartorial choice, we have some smart options that will freshen up your wardrobe, and make you feel great when you head out the door.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for our after 5 picks, and Thursday for our favorite casual pieces. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://store-us.hugoboss.com/%27The-Smith%27-|-Regular-Fit%2C-Virgin-Wool-Blend-Sport-Coat/hbna50276498,en_US,pd.html
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BOSS Hugo Boss - The Smith Virgin Wool Blend Sport Coat
The Smith Virgin Wool Blend Sport Coat
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Wow, are we fans of this glen paid sport coat from Hugo Boss. It’s everything we look for in a patterned sport coat. Wear it with grey or blue dress pants for a more formal office look. For a casual day, wear with dark washed or twill jeans. A multitude of shirt and tie combinations work with it, too. Just like a good patterned tie, a plaid sport coat is endlessly versatile. Click through the “shop it” button and check out the suede elbow patches - a great detail that adds just a bit of casual attitude to a dressier fabric. So, it works for a lot of different office environments.


http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Fitzgerald-Fit-Three-Piece-Sharkskin-1818-Suit/MK00465,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Fitzgerald Fit Three-Piece Sharkskin 1818 Suit
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Brooks Brothers - Fitzgerald Fit Three-Piece Sharkskin 1818 Suit
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Made in Italy, this windowpane plaid suit from Brooks Brothers is a distinguished work option. It’s in their Fitzgerald model, which is a modern silhouette with a narrower lapel, shorter jacket and closer to the body fit – a more versatile choice than some of their more gentlemanly fits. The subtle and sophisticated plaid is actually an update, based on a classic plaid from the Brook Brothers archives. With a history spanning almost 200 years, when they go back to their archives, they always end up with something timeless that you’ll want to wear for years. Treat the suit as a solid grey when selecting shirts and ties. Try a medium spaced plaid shirt (this means there is an even amount of ground space to pattern) with a solid or pattern tie. And don’t be afraid to skip the jacket sometimes and just wear the vest – super classic, and effortlessly stylish.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/canali-classic-fit-check-sportcoat/3786521 Canali - Classic Fit Check Sportcoat
Canali - Classic Fit Check Sportcoat
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Canali - Classic Fit Check Sportcoat
Classic Fit Check Sportcoat
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Sport coats are an investment. We know that. So, you want to make sure they will have more than one use in your lifestyle. You’ll be happy you have this one from Canali - you can wear it for a meeting with a client and also with your jeans on days when you’re going to be at your desk all day and then head out to dinner. On meeting day, team it with a charcoal or navy pair of wool dress pants, a white of blue solid shirt and widely spaced striped tie. On casual days, just add your favorite dark wash jeans to pick up the rich deep blues of the sport coat. You will love the fit and luxury of Canali.
http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Fitzgerald-Fit-Plaid-Sport-Coat/MM00364,default,pd.html Brooks Brothers - Fitzgerald Fit Plaid Sport Coat
Brooks Brothers - Fitzgerald Fit Plaid Sport Coat
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Fitzgerald Fit Plaid Sport Coat
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This tan/blue cotton plaid from Brooks Brothers is another versatile plaid sport coat option. Dress it up with wool dress pants, a white or blue shirt and tie. Or wear it with twill pants and a more casual chambray shirt. The cotton fabric makes this a wear now blazer that will easily take you well into fall. This is in their Fitzgerald model, so it has a more modern fit than some other Brooks Brothers options, but sill fits most gents.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/santorelli-flat-front-windowpane-trousers/3700245 Santorelli - Flat Front Windowpane Trousers
Santorelli - Flat Front Windowpane Trousers
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Santorelli is a favorite here at Mark Shale for work wear, and these pants are a perfect example of why. The quality is unparalleled – these are partially lined and the Italian wool has a bit of stretch, so they will be comfortable for a long day at the office. The windowpane plaid pattern is very subtle, giving these pants endless uses in your work rotation. We recommend treating them like a solid pair of pants, and wearing them with an interesting patterned shirt – very sharp. Add a solid fine gauge (=thin) sweater in cooler weather for a finished layered look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-miles-sharp-fit-check-dress-shirt/3755762 BOSS Hugo Boss - Miles Sharp Fit Check Dress Shirt
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Miles Sharp Fit Check Dress Shirt
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This Hugo Boss plaid shirt is in a terrific shade of blue – a little bolder than your basic dress shirt, for sure, but entirely sophisticated for any office, when paired with a navy blazer, suit, or even a grey herringbone sport coat. This contemporary fitting shirt is equally great with khaki, grey or navy cotton twill pants for a casual office day. As the weather gets cooler, it will work really well with your dark washed jeans and a solid sweater.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Windowpane-Check-Woven-Shirt-Periwinkle-/prod172060106_cat21150732__/p.prod Peter Millar - Windowpane-Check Woven Shirt
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Windowpane-Check Woven Shirt
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From Peter Millar, this clean blue and white windowpane button-down shirt is effortless. You don’t even need to think twice when deciding what to wear with it because, really, anything goes – wool dress pants, khakis, or jeans. If you like to wear a blazer to the office, a navy one is an easy pairing.
http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=00505036261826 Alexander Olch - Plaid Wool Neck Tie
Alexander Olch - Plaid Wool Neck Tie
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Alexander Olch - Plaid Wool Neck Tie
Plaid Wool Neck Tie
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Even in the most casual office setting, it can be fun to wear a tie – especially when it’s an Alexander Olch one. We are currently pretty obsessed with this line of handmade ties, we’ll be honest. This wool plaid actually makes us wish the weather was colder already. The width is narrow for a modern look. Try it with a white shirt with short button down collar, jeans and a navy or charcoal sweater or sweater vest. (This one is pretty great, too – it will look great with a classic black cashmere sport coat.)

http://store-us.hugoboss.com/%27Pocket-Square%2C-33x-33%27-|-Silk-Printed-Pocket-Square/hbna50275354,en_US,pd.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Silk Printed Pocket Square
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Silk Printed Pocket Square
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A pocket square is an important finishing touch that easily lends itself to plaids and checks for a pop of sartorial fun. We really like this silk navy glen plaid from Hugo Boss. Wear it with both the solid boarder points and plaid showing or folded so just the plaid shows. Works with all your blues, greys and browns. Don’t worry about how to pair this with your tie – the plaid is even and tight, so almost any tie pattern is going to work with it. The only way you’ll go wrong is if you try to be too matchy and find a tie in the same plaid.
 

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