Let's Hear it for the Boys

Like any fashion enthusiast, I love a good trend. From man jewelry to combat boots, I think it’s great to see fashion risks around campus. As much as I admire a quality trendsetter, I also appreciate guys that can pull off a classic trend. There is nothing too crazy about a plaid button-down; however, that is what I love about it. It is classic, clean and will most likely still be wearable in the future. Plaid may be simple, but when worn right, it speaks volumes.

Like mentioned above, plaid is one of those tried-and-true looks. Ever since it gained major popularity in the ’90s, plaid has been worn and reinvented countless times. Designer label Public School showed button-down plaid shirts in a modern way in their spring 2014 runway show. The show featured plaid shirts in blues and reds, paired with structured hats and capes. The looks were a new take on the classic trend and proved that plaid is still stylish today.

Our featured Fashionisto wore his plaid in a more classic way. He paired his plaid button-down with gray jeans and black sneakers. He also added black, wayfarer style Ray-Ban sunglasses to give his outfit an extra does of timeless oomph. By choosing simple accessories, he made his shirt the focal point of his outfit. This results in a look that is put together and polished.

If you want to add some plaid to your wardrobe then Urban Outfitters is a great place to shop around at. They have some really unique options. My favorite is a half plaid, half black shirt that would be perfect if you want to rock this trend similar to how Public School did. If you are a fan of our Fashionisto’s plaid pick, then J.Crew might be a good option. They have a blue choice that has a very classic feel to it. So shop around and invest in some plaid, because if my fashion prediction is right, then it will be a great investment for you and your wardrobe for years to come.

Hint: If you don’t know what color of plaid to get, think about the items you already own. You want to get a piece that will pair well with stuff already in your wardrobe. Look for more neutral colors like blues and grays. These colors coordinate well with a lot of other colors.


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