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Plaid and Simple

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Year after year, plaid is the pattern of the autumn season-- channeling the outdoors and rugged terrain of the changing foliage and landscape.

For a more sophisticated way to incorporate this print into your wardrobe, forgo the expected plaid button-up for a smart blazer. Here's how to style your new blazer for a weekend trip, a first date and the office.

For the weekend getaway. Channeling the rebellious and masculine look of Chet Baker and James Dean, this weekend look is a polished and modernized nod to the 1950s style: pairing an otherwise formal blazer and casual t-shirt. To match your t-shirt to a plaid jacket, pick out the coat's accenting color (in this instance, steel blue) and correspond your under shirt accordingly.

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From top, moving clockwise: Vince Camuto Men's Modern Fit Sport Coat; Vince Camuto Men's V-Neck Long Sleeve Tee; Vince Camuto Men's Alexandro Sunglasses; Vince Camuto Men's Armond desert boot; Vince Camuto Men's Modern Fit Denim Jean; Vince Camuto Men's socks

For a First Date. A monochrome outfit is the season's look de rigeur for men. Adding in a plaid blazer with a varying shades of the same base color breaks up the uniformity and gives your outfit an intriguing new dimension. Wear this look before picking up your date for a trend-right and devastatingly cool first impression.

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From top, moving clockwise: Vince Camuto Men's Long Sleeve Button Knit Henley; Vince Camuto Men's Air Jacket; Vince Camuto Men's Sergio Chelsea boot; Vince Camuto Men's Translucent Frame Wayfarers; Vince Camuto Men's Gold-Tone Watch; Vince Camuto Men's Slim Fit Chino Pant

For the office. Add personality to your workplace uniform with a plaid blazer. Keep your look sharp and professional though with a plaid in a mix of darker colors like black and navy. The rest of your outfit should be equally crisp with solid separates: a sharp white button up and black jeans.

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