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August 20, 2014

Plaids & Checks: Stylish Pattern for After 5 Dressing

Going out for the evening, or to a more formal event, often means dark and subdued colors. What if we told you can have the same dapper feel, while incorporating plaids and checks? Because that’s what we’re telling you today. As pattern has evolved, the way designers have used them has become much more interesting and sophisticated, too. By using darker colors in the patterns, or mixing neutral colors in them (black and white, or grey and navy), these patterns get a dressier feel - with just the right amount of pizazz. Be bold with a statement jacket and a great pair of wool trousers or dark jeans. The options are bountiful, so we’re going to narrow it down for you.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for our favorite casual plaid and check pieces. And let us know what you think in the comments section below. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-classic-fit-charcoal-plaid-suit/3723018
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Peter Millar - Classic Fit Charcoal Plaid Suit
Classic Fit Charcoal Plaid Suit
Peter Millar
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Peter Millar overlays a blue plaid on a charcoal grey base for a stunning suit that will allow you to fit in at the office, as easily as you will at a business function, or a formal event. The subtle plaid lends itself to many shirt and tie combinations. In addition to solid dress shirts, try a blue stripe or pattern with a solid or spaced patterned tie.

http://shop.roberttalbott.com/items/f404crj0-01 Robert Talbott - Carmel Jacket
Robert Talbott - Carmel Jacket
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Robert Talbott - Carmel Jacket
Carmel Jacket
Robert Talbott
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A dark plaid sport coat can be just the right look for a special evening at an upscale restaurant. This wool/cashmere jacket from Robert Talbott has that elegant feel that will fit right in. Wear it with grey wool dress pants, a solid white or blue shirt and a solid tie. If you’re feeling bold, you can definitely opt for a large-scale pattern tie that uses some of the colors in the sport coat, like they’ve done in this image with the gold/taupe in the paisley pattern.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-sharp-flat-front-check-wool-trousers/3723082 BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Flat Front Check Wool Trousers
BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Flat Front Check Wool Trousers
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Flat Front Check Wool Trousers
Sharp Flat Front Check Wool Trousers
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These contemporary fit wool mini-check pants from Hugo Boss show how a subtle pattern can add just a bit of dashing to a pair of wool dress pants. And who doesn’t want that? (Click through the “shop it” button to get a closer look and really see the design.) This is an easy accompaniment for a dressy patterned shirt for the office that also takes you right into evening. Don’t let the small pattern of these pants confuse you. It works well with most pattern shirts because it’s so subtle. And, of course, any solid shirt is a no-brainer. When the weather cools down, add a solid cashmere V-neck sweater for a finished look. These pants also come in charcoal – both equally versatile options for your wardrobe.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306607795&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446714823 Canali - Micro Checked Dress Shirt
Canali - Micro Checked Dress Shirt
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Canali - Micro Checked Dress Shirt
Micro Checked Dress Shirt
Canali
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The greyish-mustard color combination in this small check pattern is sure to add just the right amount of pop to your favorite navy, brown or dark grey suit - or sport coat. It reads like color, but this Canali shirt is really just a combination of strong neutrals, so it works with a muted solid or bolder patterned tie. Leave it to Canali to create such a unique and timeless color combination, in such an exquisite fabric. That is why they have always been one of our favorite Italian manufacturers.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306607796&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446697813 Zachary Prell - Grenier Sport Shirt
Zachary Prell - Grenier Sport Shirt
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Zachary Prell - Grenier Sport Shirt
Grenier Sport Shirt
Zachary Prell
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If you’re looking for something a little more casual, but still stylish for a night out, this dark plaid sport shirt is the way to go. Zachary Prell uses these great shades of deep purple and blue that are perfect for fall. The shirt is a contemporary fit and the fabric is designed and woven in Italy, so it looks great on its own with a pair of dark jeans.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/billy-reid-john-t-check-woven-shirt/3777914 Billy Reid - John T Check Woven Shirt
Billy Reid - John T Check Woven Shirt
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Billy Reid - John T Check Woven Shirt
John T Check Woven Shirt
Billy Reid
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Another favorite of ours is this one from Billy Reid. The rust/grey color combination of this contemporary fitting sport shirt has a rugged edge, using a rust and grey color combination. It’s the perfect masculine color combination for your dark wash jeans, and your black or grey cotton twill pants.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bugatchi-regular-fit-gingham-sport-shirt/3752633 Bugatchi - Regular Fit Gingham Sport Shirt
Bugatchi - Regular Fit Gingham Sport Shirt
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Bugatchi - Regular Fit Gingham Sport Shirt
Regular Fit Gingham Sport Shirt
Bugatchi
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Looking for a dark check shirt for a night out that is not so trim fitting? This is our favorite, from Bugatchi. It looks great with dark denim, and the contrast interior trim on the collar and cuff create a polished finish.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Small-Tattersall-Sport-Shirt-Pink-Multi/prod172640034_cat21150732__/p.prod Peter Millar - Small Tattersall Sport Shirt
Peter Millar - Small Tattersall Sport Shirt
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Peter Millar - Small Tattersall Sport Shirt
Small Tattersall Sport Shirt
Peter Millar
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Real men aren’t afraid to wear pink, are we? Certainly not when it looks this good. The deep pink and teal color combination in this Tattersall plaid is a great way to do some pops of color, and easily bring just a touch of excitement to your basic khakis and jeans. It’s comfortable, easy fit that works for most everyone.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/burberry-check-cuff-links/3683469 Burberry - Check Cuff Links
Burberry - Check Cuff Links
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Burberry - Check Cuff Links
Check Cuff Links
Burberry
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Talking about plaid means talking about Burberry. Check out these cufflinks. They subtly incorporate the iconic Burberry check over a blue lapis stone. So subtle and sophisticated – perfect for any dark suit for an after 5 event, when you can really dress it up. These are a classic that you will reach for year after year.
 

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