This fall, several designers, including Ascot Chang, have liberated the soft-to-the-touch plaid flannel shirt from the clutches of grunge and transformed it into a respectable business alternative. The French cuffs and trim fit bring a touch of elegance to the burly staple.
Take the timeless appeal of a dashing gray suit, combine it with the woolly emblem of nineties angst, and the resulting ensemble is fresher than the sum of its parts.
Wearing flannel with a lightweight suit is like pouring Guinness into a champagne flute. Like a good mug, a thick virgin wool suit makes the perfect vessel.
Save your smooth silk neckwear for piqué-cotton shirts—when it comes to substantial flannels, more textured ties are in order, like knits and nubby wools.
You can't go wrong in a heathered gray shirt or in a traditional plaid. Just exercise caution and stick with compact checks in navy, dark green, or brick red.
[Top] Suit ($2,630) by Dior Homme, diorhomme.com. Shirt ($198) by Ascot Chang, 212-759-3333. Tie ($60) by J. Crew, jcrew.com. Tie bar, vintage. [Above, clockwise from top left ] Shirt ($198) by Ascot Chang, 212-759-3333; tie ($95) by Jack Spade, jackspade.com. Shirt ($79) by Club Monaco, clubmonaco.com; tie ($90) by DKNY, dkny.com. Shirt ($165) by Jack Spade, 212-675-4085; tie ($60) by J. Crew, jcrew.com. Shirt ($285) by Spurr, spurr.tv; tie ($75) by Polo by Ralph Lauren, ralphlauren.com. Shirt ($230) by Robert Geller, robertgeller-ny.com; tie ($150) by Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers, brooksbrothers.com. Shirt ($295) by Hamilton Shirts, hamiltonshirts.com; tie ($130) by Calvin Klein Collection, 877-256-7373.