Beyond plaid: Warm-weather fashion for men
Guys, got a closet full of plaid? Those checkered shirts are great — they’re classic, versatile, and work just as good with your weekend jeans as they do with your workwear slacks. But, before you know it, your signature plaid button-ups can start looking like a uniform.
Don’t let your fashion senses get stifled by the same ol’ pattern. Here’s 5 warm-weather fashion trends that can be mixed into your plaid rotation.
Colorblocking on the sleeves and pocket make these lived-in, vintage T-shirts outfit worthy. To avoid looking like an extra in a Duran Duran music video, avoid the 1980’s-esque color blocking with primary colors. Opt instead for earthy, natural colors like the ones on these Vintage Colorblock Tees from Banana Republic. Vintage Colorblock Tee, $27.99 (plus Cash Back), Bananarepublic.com
Set reset on your work wardrobe with a button-up shirt that gets a little extra interest with micro dots. Small contrasting diamonds and circles contrast with one another on this dress shirt from Express. Go ahead and pattern mix it with a checkered tie. Fitted Multi Dot Print Dress Shirt, $69.90 (plus Cash Back), Express.com
Meet your new favorite T-shirt. Sometimes, getting a fresh look can be as easy as changing up your T-shirt style. Give your crew necks a break and stock up on these classic V-necks for spring or summer. Arizona V-neck Jersey Shirt, $12 (plus Cash Back), JCPenney.com
Wear a tie everyday to work? Throw a dapper bowtie into the mix. OK, we’re making an exception here for plaid because these classic Tommy Hilfiger bow ties can really refine a white, button-up and be a wardrobe game changer. (You’ll definitely want to wear one in blue for the Kentucky Derby — whether you’re celebrating at a local party or sitting in Millionaire’s Row). Tommy Hilfiger Buffalo Tartan Tie, $33.16 (plus Cash Back), Macys.com
The must-have shirt this upcoming season is a linen one. (Don’t worry, it won’t be a wrinkled mess by the time you clock out at 5 p.m. This season’s linen renditions are made with a cotton blend). If you buy one new work shirt, make it a linen-cotton blend one because it’s an expert at segueing from the office to Happy Hour. (Just untuck it for a more laid-back style). Linen-cotton yard dye standards, $54.95 (plus Cash Back), Gap.com