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5 Days, 5 Ways: Rugged & Refined in a Buffalo Plaid

Day 1 of #NoJeansJanuary

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Dec 13 2016

Whose wardrobe has been loving this denim detox? SG HQ has been uncovering some new favorite pieces in our closets, so don’t mind us as we celebrate a few style victories this month. Keep sharing your stylish outfits using #NoJeansJanuary for a chance to be featured on SG and win* $250 to Bar III available at Macy’s

Do you guys have a favorite pattern? I really love pattern in general, but if you took a good hard look at my wardrobe, it’s primarily 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, none do quite as strongly as Buffalo plaid.

So what makes Buffalo plaid a more mandatory wardrobe staple than your standard tartan? It’s association with Paul Bunyan is pretty baller – it’s blue collar roots make it feel more like a man’s man’s plaid – it’s 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.


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

Chinos: Everlane, $68 | Sweater: L.L. Bean, $109 | Scarf: Begg & Co., $85

Boots: Alden, $560 | Socks: Chup Socks, $36

Wear it well: You will come to realize two is better than one applies to plaids. Make sure that there is a commonality – in this case, both have red and black – and that they are different enough in scale as not to compete.


Leather Pants: Diesel, $798 (coated denim gives the same look for less) | Shawl Collar Cardigan: Brooks Brothers, $249

Topcoat: Topman, $200White Tee: Hanes, $15 (for 6)Boots: Red Wing, $446 | Beard Oil: Prospector Co. $28

Wear it well: If there ever were a look for male Libras it would be this – balance between softness in the sweater, hardness in the leather, more genteel with a topcoat, and more rugged with a beard.


Cords: PacSun, $68 | Henley: Grayers, $75 | Puffer Vest: Uniqlo, $50

Chukkas: Clarks, $175 | Socks: Happy Socks, $13 | Beanie: Original Penguin, $40

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.


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


Joggers: Publish, $84 | Tee: Saturdays NYC, $40 | Leather Jacket: Berlin, $690

Sneakers: Buddy, $120Beanie: Neff, $22 | Sunglasses: Steven Alan Optical, $190

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




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