As fall is here and winter season is coming, plaid and check patterns are back in fashion. We’d like to share some of our knowledge about the popular patterns with all of you.
How to style the Tartan plaid:
Tartan flannel shirt is okay for one of those laid-back, cozy, relaxing kinda day. For a more well-groomed style, use Tartan as an accent (like tie or pocket square or both for a more structured look). Pair it with solid white shirt or solid shirt in the same hue, and solid suit.
- Glen Plaid
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How to style the Glen Plaid:
To create that Very Important look, Glen Plaid should be the center point. Glen Plaid suit + solid white shirt + tie in the same hue + pocket square. If you need extra warmth, add a solid vest. Add polka-dot patterned scarf within the same hue for that modern twist.
How to style the Tattersall check:
Tattersall shirt paired with Levi’s are uber cool for Casual Friday or weekends. For other days, pair Tattersall shirt with solid trousers. A solid tie and a sport coat in the same hue could also be added for a more gathered look.
- Graph Check
Bow Tie: General Knot & Co. Pocketsquare: Pierrepoint Hicks. Image by Jen Meneghin Photography
Find similar graph check shirt here.
Get more detail of this cool graph shirt combo look and matching group look here.
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Graph check is the same pattern like the one you see on graph paper. Similar to Tattersall, only graph check patterns have thin stripes in single or non contrasting color that cross each other and forms even, small-sized checks. Graph check pattern can create a business casual look, or formal look, depending on the color. Just like Tattersall, people who wear graph check are perceived as traditional, versatile and sophisticated.
How to style the Graph check:
Graph shirt in muted color lines is our go to pattern when we are bored with solid white shirt. Wear Graph shirt with a solid suit, and solid tie and pocket square within the same hue for a traditional look. To create a more modern, playful, sophisticated look, try Graph shirt in bright color lines with a solid suit, mismatched patterned bow tie or mismatched patterned pocket square.
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Windowpane Vest: Image by Jessica Beebee Photography
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Windowpane pattern consists of crossing single-colored lines that form wide, evenly sized checks that resemble the panes on a window. Windowpane is quite similar to graph checks: the only difference is that the stripes are often thicker and further apart than used in graph checks. Windowpane pattern is most commonly found in suits and sports coats. People who wear this pattern are often perceived as straightforward and elegant.
How to style the Windowpane check:
Windowpane pattern is best paired with solids. White, gray and black usually work well with Windowpane pattern. Other than that, pair it with solids from the same hue. A splash of bright color can be used for a fun twist, although using too much of it may decrease the elegant effect.
See this tie and get tips on how to tie salmon herringbone, khaki, and black & white together here.
Originated sometimes in mid 18th century in Manchester, England, gingham is a very popular menswear pattern that is mostly used for dress shirts. Consisting of broad single-color bold and tight square checks on a certain background (usually white), gingham also commonly used for tablecloth. People who wear gingham are often perceived as casual, fun, and don’t take themselves too seriously.
How to style the Gingham check:
Gingham is a fun pattern that can be dressed-up or down however you want it to. Dress up a Gingham shirt with a solid suit and a solid bow tie. Or have fun by clashing it with a little bit of polka-dot accent tie. For a more informal look, pair gingham shirt with a vest and trousers that have the same hue, and leave the suit at home 🙂
Madras Bow Ties: Bows-n-Ties, HoBo Ties, Atelier 412
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Madras Shirt: J.Crew
Red Pants: Banana Republic. Boots: Lucchese. Photo by: Spindle Life
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How to style the Madras plaid:
Madras IS a casual pattern. To up it a tad notch, madras shirt can be paired with a suit, or with a solid sport coat and solid trousers within the same hue.
…Now that you know the 7 popular patterns, which one best describes you?
To make it easier to navigate the world of plaid, here’s a cheat sheet for you!