Everywhere I looked I saw plaid. Each guy wearing plaid wore it differently: there were guys that wore loose plaid shirts paired with loose jeans and other guys that wore plaid shorts paired with plain Indiana University shirts. I was desperate to find someone who could pull off this trend. As I roamed campus searching the streets filled with plaid-wearers I finally found a Fashionisto who pulled it off.
He set himself apart by pairing a loose fitting shirt with pieces that snugly fit him. This technique actually draws more attention toward the key item in his outfit, the plaid shirt. By pairing a loose fitting piece with a piece that fits just right, you can achieve a balanced look. Skinny shorts are great pieces to add to any outfit this summer and can help you achieve that balance. A tight fit in shorts usually does the trick and helps draw some attention to the legs therefore balancing the attention with the statement shirt. These particular shorts also have a raw edge and it helps draw the eyes to the legs while adding texture. This hint of detail helps bring some classic retro elements of the grunge look back into your outfit (yes, grunge is coming back). He completes his look with a pair of black Vans. These are great shoes for most casual outfits. They’re stylish enough to help complete a look yet they don’t take away from the outfit, or worse, clash. Remember these tips and you too can incorporate bold plaid patterns into just about any type of look you’re going for.
Hint: You can use these tips with any type of bold pattern that you want to pair with your outfit, it does not just have to be plaid. You can also try pairing different colored skinny shorts with loose fitting shirts to show off some summer colors.