Hot patterns have made it from runways to high streets. This season must-have to add to your wardrobe is a daring blazer. Dress up in stylish plaid and check prints for the latest version of polish and put together.­

Menswear has now fully embraced pattern, colour and texture in outerwear as the modern man continues to gain confidence and become more sartorially adventurous with his personal style.

There will always be a place for block-colours and muted tones in menswear, but pattern and print is fast becoming an essential part of any contemporary wardrobe, and the patterns de la mode are undoubtedly plaid and checks.

The current trend caters for everybody: smaller checks in muted tones are available for those who prefer a subtle and refined approach, whilst louder, oversized checks are on offer for those who tend to be a bit more sartorially audacious.

Ballroom Stunner

Checked blazers are not just for casual outfits. American fine tailoring brand, Hickey Freeman, introduced the bold patterned jackets to ballrooms. Black tie events will never be the same again as you can now trade the classic look for an elegant yet innovative one.

For a formal occasion why not to pick the black and white plaid dinner jacket from Mahogany Collection. Wear it with crisp white shirt and black tie for an incredibly memorable and extravagant look that will make you stand out of the crowd.

Corporate Star

Flex your sartorial muscles at your workplace by being the best-dressed man in the room every day of the week with Harrolds X A Good Man presents Suits make the Man.

Whether you’re a creative who dresses up because you can or a corporate head-turner who needs to give their work wear a luxurious edge to stay ahead of the pack, this stylish outfit will give you the inspiration you need.

The subtle plaid pattern in dark hues of blue will not offend co-workers with more conservative sense of style. Complement the blazer with double handkerchief and semi casual bow tie.

West Coast Aura

Pal Zileri is an Italian luxury brand of menswear famed for its classic style with contemporary twists. The Spring Summer Collection 2014 brought the inspiration from the 1960s West Coast look with suits and fresh linen trousers; check patterns for jackets and printed shirts.

This look is very relaxed with the purple, grey and black palette of the checked jacket. A crisp white shirt and a pair of beige trousers give a smart look that wouldn’t be out of place in a boardroom or for an evening outing.

Keep your accessories to minimum not to distract attention from this stunning blazer.

Vintage Vibe

The new Gant collection by Michael Bastian was inspired by the work of Mike Disfarmer, an American Studio Photographer who lived and worked in obscurity in a small town of rural Arkansas during the Great Depression photographing the local townspeople.

The designer is offering a unique reflection on how farmers and labourers dressed in the 1930s and 40s and his creations captivated interest of modern fashionistas from around the globe.

Wear this checked blazer over a shirt or vest with a contrasting pattern in the same colour for a daring but harmonious look.

Creative Flair

If neither retro, not classic style suits your personality, you can spice up your outfit with checked blazer in an intensive colour, such as yellow or red. This daring jacket from Ted Baker will emphasize your quirkiness, creativity and outgoing personality.

For smart attire and more formal occasions combine it with a crisp, white shirt and a burgundy tie. But if you really want to let your extravagant side out, choose a pale blue shirt and a spotted bow tie.

Wear it with jeans or linen trousers and complete the look with a pair of ultra fashionable loafers. This is how you make an impression that lasts!

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