his ensemble: plaid on plaid

Plaid, Checked, Blazer, Shirt, denim, chinos, sneakers, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, your ensemble, yourensemble, yourensemble.com
The blazer has been a strong trend in menswear over the last few seasons. The proliferation of sports coats, suit jackets and blazers on the high-street has led to a marked increase in dapper gentlemen roaming the streets. To digress, this is a welcome relief to the ‘Saggy Pants’ trend that has been sported by our youth these past few years. Thankfully, that trend is now banned in the US State of Florida, that’s one small step for man.

If you have embraced the blazer trend and are now ready to move past your navy sports coat or even bold coloured statement jacket, the patterned blazer may just be the next thing for you. Patterned blazers, in checked plaid, windowpane or houndstooth are guaranteed attention grabbers. These updated classics now come in slimmer cuts and shorter lengths to ensure your look is modern and relevant. Today’s patterned blazers are less boxy and more form fitting, giving you a sleeker silhouette. Confidence is key when it comes to pulling off this trend. You can mix it up with casual pieces such as denim and t-shirts or fully commit to the cause by clashing it with more patterns.

Michael Demissie, who I met on Brunswick St, Fitzroy and featured in a past post on how to wear colour, certainly knows how to work this trend. He’s successfully mixed his patterns by choosing a blazer and shirt with an analogous colour palette. To clarify, these are colours that sit side by side on the colour wheel. This gives his look cohesion and harmony, important elements if you are thinking of mixing patterns. His relaxed denim trousers and green Converse high-tops are unexpected pieces that give his look a cool, urban sensibility.

Get this look:

Plaid, Checked, Blazer, Shirt, denim, chinos, sneakers, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, New Balance, your ensemble, yourensemble, yourensemble.com

a. Plaid Poplin Blazer, $71.54, IZOD, amazon.com
b. Brown Plaid Sportcoat, $238, Tallia Orange, macys.com
c. Trim Fit Plaid Sport Coat, $138.25 – $395, Tommy Hilfiger, amazon.com

d. Slim-fit Contrast-Collar Cotton Shirt, £145.83, Etro, mrporter.com
e. Reclaimed Vintage Shirt With Check Print, $63.42, asos.com
f. Button-Down Collar Check Cotton Shirt, £104.17, Canali, mrporter.com

g. Slim Chino, $41.68, asos.com
h. 5620 Loose Jeans, $161.27, GStar, asos.com
i. Slim Fit Jeans, $99.66, Boxfresh, asos.com

j. 574 Trainers, $108.72, New Balance, asos.com
k. Chuck Taylor All Star Season Hi, €53, Converse, sivasdescalzo.com
l. Chuck Taylor All Star Season Hi, $43.99, Converse, zappos.com

Note: Prices correct at time of posting

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