Since I’ve started this blog, one thing I’ve loved to do is showcase new brands and styles. It’s always nice to show off the latest shiny things. However I also know that it’s not always practical to go out and buy the latest things. That’s why I also like to show how to make the most of clothes already in my closet. For instance a bold plaid suit can be broken up to get more use out of a full suit.

Back in October, I showed you how to fall in love with a plaid suit. I love the print but sometimes such a bold pattern can be a little overpowering. It’s not something you can wear too often else you become that guy who always wears that suit. But you can extend the wear by separating the suit jacket from the pants. For this look I decided to just focus on the jacket.

One of the nice features of this suit jacket is that it has patch pockets. Suit jacket pockets can be patch, flap or jetted with the patch pocket being the more casual of the options. That’s what makes this suit jacket a great option to wear as a blazer. It can be more casual but at the same time because of the plaid the type of pocket is not that noticeable given the pattern in the suit.

Since we’re in the throes of the cold weather I paired my jacket with a turtleneck. I don’t always have to sport to be well dressed. I tend to like a thin turtleneck because under the jacket a heavier knit can be too bulky. If you consider it look for something in a cotton, silk, merino wool or cashmere. Since I was going for elevated casual look to get more use out of a full suit, I opted to for colored jeans. I chose a burgundy color that has been very hot this season. However dark denim would work just as nice.

I shot these pictures at the new Wardman Tower. The newly renovated building contains 32 rare two to four bedroom homes ranging from 2,200 – 4,600 square feet. The units are amazing and I was ready to move in. Once home to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Herbert Hoover, and Marlene Dietrichit was the perfect place to show how to I got more use out of a full suit.

 

Clothing Details

Plaid blazer – Suit Supply (part of a suit – shop their suits) | Gold turtleneck – Versace – similar| Burgundy jeans – J Brand