December 10th, 2008
Combine two key pieces - a herringbone blazer and a tartan plaid shirt - in one standout outfit. To keep the look from being too professorlike, the key is to mix fresh looking pieces (e.g. distressed jeans, a skinny tie) with the more distinguished herringbone blazer and tartan plaid shirt. Here’s how to get the herringbone and tartan plaid look:
1. Start with a snappy tartan plaid shirt. Look for patterns with a bit of an edge, like this sportily elegant black and white plaid. Note the flannel fabric, which will give you added protection from the cold on particularly crisp days.
2. Keep things fresh by pairing the fitted tartan plaid shirt with a pair of dark rinse distressed jeans. A dark rinse jean is an appropriate companion for the preppy plaid shirt, while the distressed details on the jeans give the outfit more life.
3. Slip on a single-breasted herringbone blazer in a fitted cut. If it’s a three button blazer, button only the middle button. For a two button blazer, button the top button, but leave the bottom one undone.
4. Polish off the outfit with coordinated accessories: a black skinny tie, a plain black belt, and a pair of oxfords with just a bit of sheen.
How would you wear herringbone and tartan plaid? Share your style with us in the comments!