Friday, December 21, 2012

On the Street…..More Plaid Outerwear, New York

This season I’m really obsessed with finding some type of plaid outerwear.


I’ve always wanted a heavy, flannel shirt jacket like this but every time I try one on, the visual proportions cut me in a non-favorable way.


The above example is maybe the answer for me.  Layering another shirt under the outerwear with just a sliver peeking out provides a great transition from torso to leg.  Also the potential to play with patterns (like the above plaid and stripes) makes it fun challenge.


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  1. Elena

    December 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Plaid are so popular this season, interesting if it will stay on top of fashion next year
    Great shot

  2. Denisa

    December 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Nice pic. Have a great day.

  3. Kiel West

    December 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    With your stature, I’d think you’d look great in the famous “On the Waterfront” jacket that Brando wore.

  4. Rachelle

    December 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I recently found the perfect plaid blazer and wore it 2 days ago. :) good luck finding yours.

  5. Nico

    December 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

  6. Boston Guy

    December 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    It takes me years to find a new flannel and this year I found something by the brand AR at Barneys. Rich colors. Good scale to the pattern and great proportions. The great part is, once you find the right piece you can enjoy it for years. It is a timeless look despite being on trend right now.

  7. Laura

    December 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Love this plaid jacket!

  8. comme fraiche

    December 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    you might want to consider Pendelton as they are well made and warm (wool) and their colors are always perfect for whatever the season is

  9. Bjorn

    December 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I have a plaid chamois shirt from LL Bean that I get a size big so that I can layer underneath (I have to get the arms shortened). Love it. It is just heavy enough.

    Their fleece-lined flannel shirts are nice too!


    December 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I love the colors in his outfit

  11. Sevan

    December 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Scott, great idea from Kiel West above, a plaid jacket “a la Brando” would fit you well because the band at the waist would eliminate the boxy look.

    • Masood

      September 11, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Classic Old Look i like it

  12. ASparklyHanger

    December 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    this is perfect in terms of layering and proportion, a true lesson of sartorialsim!

  13. Pampelmusea

    December 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    The colours of the flanel shirt are very nice. And the peekaboo shirt turns the look into a quite interesting one.

  14. Monsieur Marcel

    December 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Looks like authentic workwear…check out Dave’s, 581 6th Ave.

  15. Lelli Family

    December 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    very nice outfit ….. wearing plaid ….. we feel winter …. we feel Christmas

    Lelli, italian fashiuon family

  16. SG

    December 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm


  17. Margherita

    December 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Loving this look: shabby and chic!

    • Beppeart

      December 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      More shabby than chic from an italian point of view ;-)

  18. Susie

    December 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I love plaid outerwear on both men and women, but I feel like it’s hard to nail.

    Sea and Swank

  19. axeaboutme

    December 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    love it. great shot!

  20. Martine

    December 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I bet Scot would look great in a nice simple overjacket like that. I love this guys coat, and the shirt does go well. Its not the sort of look that plays well with self consciousness.

  21. Couteau

    December 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm

  22. Khanh

    December 22, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Love plaid and patterns for winter.

  23. Ghislaine SAVARY

    December 22, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Hello Scott
    I adore your blog but, please, would you translade in french like Garance Doré ? Please


    • Martine

      January 1, 2013 at 3:25 am

      I think actually Garance translates to English, not the other way round.

  24. Gian Luca M

    December 22, 2012 at 5:33 am

    i think…cool…

    Gian Luca M

  25. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    December 22, 2012 at 6:43 am

  26. L'Oliphant

    December 22, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Really love this one!

  27. Zoe Alexander

    December 22, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Practical, warm, stylish! Perfect layering material.


  28. Vett

    December 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Obsessed with this particular plaid pattern. So simple and fab.

  29. Nalletar

    December 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

    OK, shabby chick is spreading out from home decoration to clothing. Sounds like fun!

  30. Kav

    December 22, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Sorry, but I cannot anything stylish about this or the majority of the pictures shown recently. The quality of style pictured recently is very poor.

  31. Pi

    December 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Good luck in your search for the perfect plaid Scott, it is a great look. Truly sexy look is the paint on the boots!

  32. Kate

    December 22, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I just got myself two red and black plaid cashmere scarves. I can’t explain how excited I am about it :)


  33. Jennifer

    December 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

    You can’t miss w/ Pendleton. The new Portland collection is so fresh. However, I recently found some great vintage Pendleton pieces that look contemporary today.

  34. Jen

    December 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I bought a vintage plaid wool coat at What Comes Around Goes Around in NYC several years ago and it’s one of my all-time favourite pieces! Bold, but timeless :)


  35. Tomek Bartelik

    December 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Now, that’s a real rock’n'roll style! Love it!

  36. Karena

    December 22, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Try Howe Clothing. New but awesome.

  37. Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips

    December 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I love plaid! Great for layering.

  38. milex

    December 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    YES! a little bit of ’90 is always something good.

  39. Cathy C.

    December 23, 2012 at 12:12 am

    For a fab well-priced American-made plaid (unlined) woolen outer coat ($168 for women) see Bemidji Woolen Mills (Minnesota)

  40. Caroline

    December 23, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Being from Canada Plaid is always a great choice.

  41. Style-Squared by Z&M

    December 23, 2012 at 5:30 am

    TOTALLY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Jill

    December 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I find it funny this person was probably not trying to be fashionable judging by the dirty jeans, beat up shoes and gatorade and water in hand. I would know: my farmer husband wers similar stuff but for function, not fashion!

  43. benjy

    December 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    dude is clearly hungover. what’s noteworthy is that he looks this good when he’s just left the apartment for cigs and rehydrations and will spend maximum 20 minutes outside.

  44. Xenia Kuhn

    December 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I just say Al Borland from Home improvement! :)))

  45. kingesquivel

    December 24, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Great. Now I’ll have to put all my vintage Pendleton plaids back in the closet. I certainly don’t want to be trendy…..

  46. Stella

    December 24, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Great pics. I like the check shirts and color is also good.

  47. Julia Burrows

    December 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Love this… casual.. a time & a place for it always

  48. Pampelmusea

    December 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Hey, probably Santa will bring you the perfect plaid – if you ve been a good guy :-)

  49. scales

    December 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    go grab a south2west8 flannel at nepenthes, they are the best on earth. or get a proxy and grab one from sassafras for the triple stitch.

  50. Gedney

    December 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    You can find lots of places for plaid outerwear. Moreover, the authentic stuff is not expensive at Sportsman’s Guide, Walls, Carhart, Cabela’s, Bean or their outlets.

  51. teagan

    December 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    but you’re aware this type of guy threw this on without a look in the mirror..? he wasn’t “playing” with any pattern combo, he was going to his trade job on a brisk day.

    • Colleen

      December 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      I hope so. He looks great without all this torturous pondering.

    • Martine

      January 1, 2013 at 3:30 am

      Or at least many people do wear something just like this to a manual job. But that doesn’t mean someone can’t take parts of his great, very unselfconscious look and make something more refined out of it if they wanted to.
      And the guy in the picture has certainly NEVER done any manual labor in his life. Look at his hand.

  52. Ryan

    December 25, 2012 at 3:52 am

    I like this look, very casual and relaxed.

  53. D Bettis

    December 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Dumpy. Looks like the guys who painted my house.

  54. Jaykay Bimmy

    December 26, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Haha…mistaken fashion….Rugged

  55. Clotheswhorse

    December 26, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I like plaid and stripes.
    I like beat up shoes.
    I also didn’t realize that to be photographed for this blog you had to be trying? People’s functional outfits can be inspiration too, no?

  56. IS THIS IT? models review

    December 26, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Plaid?, hehe exactly what I’m weraring right now… not a super-fan in fact, but sometimes I quite like it. :)

  57. o.s.

    December 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

    love this look!!
    we love your blog

  58. Daine

    December 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    If it’s not a Pendleton it sure looks like one. Pendleton is still owned by the Bishop family The mill in Washougal Washington weaves the linear designs and the mill in Pendleton weaves the more curvy, jaquard-type work. Both mills offer interesting tours. and have fantastic selections of items for sale, bits from the mill, buttons, yardage, blankets, clothing.

  59. Charlotte

    December 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Nice shirt, love the pic!

  60. Colleen

    December 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I feel like over thinking plaid flannel is kinda defeating the whole point. It is like spending an hour in front of the mirror trying to purposely make your hair look greasy/messy. It loses its authenticity. In my humble opinion.


    December 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

  62. Virginia

    December 28, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Pendleton in Portland! Timeless savoir faire. You can find Pendleton jackets, shirts, women’s suits at any and all Portland area thrift stores. Vintage is still going strong out here, you should come on out and have a look.

  63. Hendrik

    December 28, 2012 at 5:58 am

    LOVE IT! You’re a big inspiration for me and you’re the reason why i bought myself a camera now and want to shot streetstyles like you. Today i got your Book “Closer” and i love it! The Pictures and the stories behind!

    maybe you can Check out my Tumblr!

    Keep up the Work!

  64. Netclothing

    December 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Plaid has a long overdue come back on the cards.

  65. izzy

    December 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    or maybe just plaid-lined, like the LLBean stuff, turn the red cuffs up…

  66. suzy

    December 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    since the person is carrying both water and gatorade, and the fact that this was taken in NYC, i’d say this person is recovering from a hangover… :) or maybe he just has a cold :)

  67. Owen

    January 3, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    any suggestions for a red and black plaid jacket (like the thickness picture) but with a straight cut at the lower hem (unlike this jacket) with black jeans? I love the coat, but I often feel the transition is too abrupt, and I’ve never really been a thoughtful dresser.

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