Every office has that fashion foreword man who wears jacket in complete perfection. Rocking a plaid jacket is all about the details and paying attention to those details that make you look smart, refined and confident.
Who would have thought that a bunch of intersecting lines of various widths, colours and spacings, first devised to delineate different highland clans from one another, would become one of the most plundered fashion tropes of all time? Perhaps it’s the geometric simplicity of checks, plus the almost infinite colour combinations that have made this pattern a permanent name on fashion’s team sheet.
While a blazer may be your go-to for formal occasions, the classic plaid jacket can work surprisingly well for a variety of looks, including those that are casual.
So, if you are looking to achieve a relaxed yet refined appearance, a plaid jacket can make a perfect choice. For those who understand the rules of engagement, checks have a good habit of making you look refined by default and it’s a partnership you will desire for the rest of your life.
Plaid jackets come in many fabrics, styles and colours. As such, there’s plenty of choice and options available. To find the right plaid jacket for your needs, be sure to know your options. While some jackets are best suited to formal ensembles, others are perfect for casual outfits.
You just need to be able to tell the difference. Did you know shoulders are the hardest areas to tailor on a suit or jacket? Avoid the dreaded shoulder divot, and instead choose a jacket that fits your shoulders best when shopping off the rack because your tailor can easily take in the waist and adjust for length, so shoulders should be your primary concern when shopping for jackets.
A good fit is the first step to looking fresh in a jacket, without a jacket that hugs and hangs from your body in all the right places, you will look sloppy.
A quality shirt, belt and shoes go a long way in tying together your professional look. Don’t skimp on these, or you’ll cheapen your jacket.
Do yourself a favour, and wear a sweat proof undershirt beneath your dress shirt. Blocking sweat from your dress shirt will help hide those jarring underarm sweat marks and help your shirts look fresher longer.
Coordinating your shoes and belt is an easy way to create a more cohesive look.
Instead focus on matching your accessories and shirt to your most expensive items (suits and jackets) first and work your way down to items that cost less – such as your tie.
As a general rule of thumb, your tie should be darker than your shirt to create balance. Also, avoid matching the pattern of your tie and dress shirt. For example, with a checkered shirt, try a paisley tie to offset the more casual checkered pattern.
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