How to wear plaid shirts to work (men’s style)

One easy way for a man to add variety to your work wardrobe is to incorporate patterns, like plaid. There are a lot of options for plaid, however you should be aware of whether the plaid print is casual or dressy to make sure it’s appropriate for your work environment.

Business casual plaid shirts usually have large check marks with 2 or more colors. They can be worn with jeans or neutral casual pants that are gray, tan or black. To figure out which color pant, just look for which of those colors is in the plaid.

Ben Sherman red plaid shirt / Ralph Lauren blue plaid shirt / Orvis green plaid shirt

Dressy plaid shirts usually have a subtle print and one main color where the lines forming the plaid print are in a complementary color. These should be worn with gray, navy or black dress pants based off the main color of the shirt.

dressy plaid men

 Hugo Boss gray plaid shirt / Ralph Lauren red plaid shirt / Bloomingdale’s blue plaid shirt

This post is a submission for IFB Project #80: Menswear for Everyone