The plaid suit is a bit more ornate when compared to other suit patterns and designs. You will not see this as often as many of the other suit patterns on the market because of its high cost and difficult tailoring methods.
This suit is similar to the windowpane suit with its use of vertical and horizontal lines. However, the lines will run in close knit groups with various gaps to create the box like openings.
While these patterns are very interesting to look at, they tend to be frowned upon in business settings. This is probably because they appear less formal. Just like dress shoes, the more patterns on the suit, the less formal it is.
Patterns such as this can be worn to less formal office settings and fun social gatherings such as church, weddings, and parties. One may also wear it to casual fridays at the office.
Choose carefully when adding your accessories as not all ties will match appropriately with this type of pattern.
This suit is certainly not a “must have” suit for your closet. A good rule of thumb is to start out with a solid suit, then a pinstripe suit, and then a plaid or windowpane suit.
People that wear suits mostly for work can get away with only buying the first two. However, if you have five or six suits already, it doesn’t hurt to make a plaid suit your seventh.
What To Wear With a Plaid Suit
While many people opt to wear patterned shirts and ties with this suit, I feel wearing a solid colored shirt can also work very well.
In fact, wearing a solid colored shirt and a patterned tie can help break things up. Sometimes people go too far with the patterns and end up looking very “busy”.
Although this suit isn’t meant to be formal, you probably shouldn’t try to make it look like a piece of art either.
After all, the suit is intended to make you look elegant, sophisticated, professional, or all three; it is not intended to make you look like a freshly painted canvass.