“Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy.” – Albert Einstein
Wise words from the most eminent brain of our times. Although having theorised and proved the formula that would in turn lead to the most destructive force known to man; something that he would come to regret and eulogise about during his later life, I have a feeling that he would have also regretted making such a flippant comment on plaid.
So you think Einstein got it wrong?
No, not exactly, His theory was there to be discovered in my opinion. If it wasn’t him, it would have been some other physicists cross to bear. So you need not worry Albert; the comment on plaid is, however unforgiveable.
The plaid/ chequered shirt is quite the trend just now. However there is so much going on with this garment that its needs careful coordination. I would go as far as saying that each shirt is a bespoke garment, insofar as its colour, style, hue and pattern are unique. Each shirt therefore should be uniquely styled and coordinated.
For shizzle! There is so much depth and character to each shirt, that simply pairing with blue jeans and casual shoes doesn’t do it justice. I mean you can, but then you are not enunciating the shear spectrum of colour and depth of texture of the shirt.
There are couple of rules of thumb that you can employ here though.
Firstly, you need to pay close attention to the material. Plaid is mostly a casual style. It’s for looking smartly dishevelled on a long walk to the country pub, dishevelled-ly smart to city bar and looking like a lumberjack on Old Compton Street, where the menfolk are very friendly. Two or Three ply cotton looks too formal and feels to stiff. A brushed cotton on the other hand looks softer on the eye and touch and works the contours of your body.
Secondly, the length and the cut should be similar to that of a tee shirt. You do not won’t to tuck this shirt in. You want it to hang just below your belt line. The soft, pliable material will hand perfectly of your shoulders and hug your silhouette through the body.
The Original Penguins SS13 collection of short and long sleeves fit the bill remarkably well. The shirts come in a cotton/ linen blend or pure cotton, perfect for the warm summer evenings. Whilst the fit is structured and not too aggressive.
Lastly, the sleeves. Roll them up or leave then flapping. Don’t button the cuffs. Remember elegantly dishevelled is the mantra here.
This is excellent stuff! Sartorius you do know your shizzle!
Why thanks discerning reader.
What about tips on coordinating then?
Ooooooh I could write a novel on that topic, its complex. Why not get in touch and I’ll answer some off your coordination questions.
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