One Plaid Suit, Five Different Looks [Redux]

October 14th, 2016

When I accepted the job as Editorial Director for AoS, I began by studying the posts that gave Dan his start back in 2010.

There was one article in particular that put Dan “on the map”, so to speak, in the menswear blogging world. It was “One Bold Suit, Five Different Looks” – originally published on 3/8/2010.

What struck me most about this post is how relevant this content still is. Dan and the team still wear looks just like this (including some of the actual garments features), more than six years later. This highlights the true value of classic design, quality craftsmanship, and the concept of building “capsule wardrobes” centered around versatile tailoring.

So to get my feet wet in the editorial game, I thought I would do a “redux” update of this post, using the blue & cream glenplaid from the new AoS collection…

Day 1 – All Business

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“To wear a suit this bold to the office (provided you have a somewhat liberal dress code), keep the shirt white, the tie dark and solid, and shoes simple dark lace-ups.” -DT, 2010

I had to go with the full 3-piece… I never skip the vest, ever since I tried to add one after-the-fact and the fabric was sold-out… The vest provides so many more styling combinations, it’s always worth it in the long run. Not to mention the 3-piece is extra bossy.

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Day 2 – Business Casual

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“The beauty of a suit is its simplicity. The jacket matches the pants, so all you have to do is pick a neutral shirt (or sweater) and a pair of shoes… Add a couple quick details (like socks and sunglasses) and you are ready to head out the door.” -DT, 2010

DON’T BE SHOOK BY THE TURTLENECK!! I get it, I was hesitant to wear one myself when I first started this whole “style journey”, or what have you. But the elegance and simplicity of a turtleneck can bring an outfit, especially a suit, to a whole new level of sophisticated swagger.

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Day 3 – Smart Separates

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“Tired of the same old blue blazer + khakis look? Try a sharp navy suit jacket with your patterned suit pants instead. Same concept, fresher execution.” -DT, 2010

I flipped the script on this one, keeping the plaid jacket and going with the light navy trouser instead. Same concept applies…and this is probably my favorite outfit of the post.

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Arctic Coast Tweed Coat



Essential Worsted Trouser in Light Navy

Day 4 – Casual Friday

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“Yes, you can wear your suit pants as trousers. Pair them with a solid oxford shirt and finish the look with the sweater of the season [decade?]; the chunky shawl cardigan.” -DT, 2010

This is the easiest way to stretch your suit pants into your weekend rotation; white oxford shirt + navy chunky sweater. In this case, a double-breasted “peacoat cardigan” in an incredible wool/cashmere heavy ribbed knit.

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White USA Oxford Shirt

Day 5 – Casual Friday

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“Wear a suit, don’t feel like a suit.” -DT, 2010.

Here’s a good example of why I always recommend adding the vest… It’s a layering piece that gives you lots of styling options – especially since the rest of your wardrobe should be curated to compliment your suit fabric(s)…

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Pacific Lambswool Trouser



Blue USA Oxford Shirt

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Much love, 

Wes Dimagiba

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