Let's Hear it for the Boys

The days are still short up north, but lately the weather here in Montreal has been warmer than usual for this time of year, hovering around 40 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s about 4 degrees Celsius for those who prefer that unit). The falling snow has given way to rain, but unfortunately the snow on the ground hasn’t gone away yet. Because of this unexpected, but not unwelcome, temperature change, thinner shirts can be worn without the fear of the dreaded erect nipple. This Fashionisto here just happens to be in one of my economics classes, which gave me the opportunity to talk to him.

His micro plaid button down caught my eye for a couple of reasons. One is that I’m a huge fan of micro plaid. It might actually be higher on my list than palm tree print. I’m thinking of starting a petition to rename micro plaid, “picnic print” (joking). The second reason this shirt struck a chord with me was the detailing. The only thing that could make picnic print more appealing is a color pop, and the bright red pops on the blue more than Pringles. Red trim and red buttons? Please sir, I want some more.

The thicker outerwear goes well with this shirt based on pure functionality, but the form isn’t bad either. Being more of a spring time shirt than winter, this picnic print button-down needs to be paired with something warm yet stylish. It’s hard to think of something that doesn’t go with an article of clothing as classic as a peacoat and this shirt certainly isn’t one of them. I might sound like a broken record here, but houndstooth also happens to be a favorite of mine. The black and white scarf is a great accessory for this look, giving him something else that pops without taking away from the button-down. Finally, how can you go wrong with a pair of wheat Timberlands? The answer is you can’t. Overall the simplicity of this look allows the best part to stand out even more.



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