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Shirts, not pants. Plaid and checked dress shirts are available in slim and traditional fits as well as in great color combinations. Dress them down with a solid blazer or suit or play them up with a patterned tie in contrasting colors. It’s a great way to have a mix-and-match party wardrobe that also can work for business.
Gray is also a color, but we prefer the charcoal versions to the standard business gray. Mulberry and regal blues are also safe but much more exciting than khaki. Look for a soft wash on denims or wool. If every pair of pants you own is a variation of sand or black, you’re missing out on the color spectrum. Paired with a blazer, pocket square and plaid shirt, a pair of colored pants and optional tie can take you from a business meeting to a night out.
Who says that a night out means jacket required? A dark, fitted half-zip cardigan can enhance a patterned shirt and slacks. Most guys will find this combination nearly impossible to mess up. And starting 2014 with a little style confidence may lead to some brave new ensembles in the year to come.
Coming Saturday: Cool new ways to listen to music in your home this year.