Dmitri Ruwan

5 Easy Ways to Wear Plaid

Plaid is as solid and versatile as denim – here’s how to incorporate it into your look.



Plaid recalls a sense of Nineties Americana and in its simple design is one of fashion’s most popular staples. But how do you incorporate this trendy textile into your wardrobe with the finesse of a runway model? Read on!

LOOK 1: The Casual Shirt

Plaid instantly spruces up an otherwise drab ensemble. For a casual yet stylish look ideal for weekends, pair a plaid cotton shirt with denim or trousers. Trainers complete the look, while dark glasses and a weekender bag are perfect for impromptu overnighters.

LOOK 2: The Preppy Jacket

For date nights or a more stylish look, pair a structured plaid jacket with fitted dark jeans and sleek combat books. A white dress-shirt will elevate the look, but a T-shirt is just as good. A sleek cap is all you need for a final touch.

LOOK 3: The Smart Day Jacket

When you’re in a smart casual ensemble, you’re appropriate for most venues. A plaid day jacket is a statement but even more so when paired with tapered trousers, brogues and a button-down shirt. A thin leather belt completes the look.

LOOK 4: The Suit Jacket

The key to wearing plaid in the evening is subtlety. Banana Republic’s Italian wool suit jacket is just as sartorially elegant by day as by night. Pair it with a button-up and bow-tie. A classic watch and sleek footwear should be your only accessories.

LOOK 5: The Cap

Plaid also appears across a range of accessories, from briefcases to belts and even cufflinks. For the man whose taste is more minimalistic, punctuate an outfit of neutrals with a plaid baseball hat. This look is great for errands and daytime excursions.