5 Buffalo Plaid Outfits for Guys

Day 1 of #NoJeansJanuary

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Nov 4 2019

If you took a good hard look at my wardrobe, it’s not lacking for “visual interest.” You’ll find plenty of colors and patterns ready for me to clash together. The pattern you’ll see most often? Plaids.

My closet is stuffed with plaid skirts, shirts, a toggle coat and a suit, not to mention a madras jacket and probably a pair of plaid shoes somewhere in there. So you bet I like a guy who’s not afraid to cross some lines, or, wear some lines that cross. While all plaids can pack a visually powerful punch, I’m partial to Buffalo plaid.

What is buffalo plaid?

According to UrbanDaddy:

Plaid flannel got its start in the Scottish Highlands during the 1600s and has been a staple of rugged outdoorsiness ever since. By the time the Industrial Revolution was in full swing in the US, the folks at Woolrich were churning out new designs for flannel shirts. And one design really stuck: a simple red-and-black-checkered plaid. Of course, in order for Paul Bunyan types to know what to ask for at their local mercantile, it needed a name. Turns out, the pattern designer happened to own a herd of buffalo, and the rest, as they say, is history.

What makes buffalo plaid so stylish?

What makes Buffalo plaid a more mandatory wardrobe staple than your standard tartan? Well, its association with Paul Bunyan is pretty baller, for one.

And I like that Its blue collar roots make it feel more like a man’s man’s plaid – rugged and enduring and it’s blown out proportions just feel more rough and tumble…especially next too some of the more subtly striped fancy pants plaids, like Royal Stewart and Glen Plaid.

Buffalo plaid can blend into any style too – it doesn’t look out of place on a farm boy or a punk, a prep or a hipster.

Below, five Buffalo plaid outfits for guys:

Epaulet shirt


chinos: Everlane | scarf: Begg & Co. | boots: Alden

Wear it well: No plaid says cool quite like Buffalo, and its bold check is best translated on flannel fabric. Let this style be your cold weather wardrobe work horse by choosing a flannel shirt cut like your favorite work shirt, so it can do double duty.

You will come to realize two is better than one applies to plaids.  As in, yes, you can mix and match your patterns!

Just make sure that there is a commonality – in this case, both the shirt and the scarf incorporate red and black – and that they are different enough in scale as not to compete.


cardigan: 7 For All Mankind | boots: Red Wing | beard oil: Prospector Co

Wear it well: If there ever were a look for male Libras it would be this. Think of it as a delicate balanc. From the softness in the sweater, to the “tough guy” hardness in the leather. All topped off with a topcoat, for rugged refinement.


puffer vest: Uniqlo | boots: Clarks | beanie: Original Penguin

Wear it well: When it’s actually cold but you can’t be bothered to put on a real coat, layer up your winter favorites, like corduroy pants and a puffer.


bomber: Alpha Industries | watch: Mondaine

Wear it well: The outfit to take you from “coolest guy in the office” to “coolest guy at the bar”.


joggers: American Eagle | tee: Saturdays NYC

Wear it well: Wear your buffalo plaid as an inside layer or tie it around the waist to show off that…waist.

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