Plaid suits have been extremely popular recently but if you’re looking for an edge, go with windowpane.
The minimalism of the windowpane check (made of large square “panes” caused by criss-crossing horizontal and vertical lines) is worlds away from the complexity of Glen plaid or the multi-colored nature of many tartans. This is precisely what makes it so contemporary.
Here are 5 celebrities who may just convince you to wear windowpane.
Just yesterday, at his latest movie’s London premiere, Daniel Radcliffe wore a gray suit featuring a dark windowpane check (pictured).
What can we learn from his look? Well, the most obvious thing is that windowpane checks work really well over a darker colour like gray. Think gray with darker lines or navy with lighter ones.
Earlier in the summer, Sebastian Stan, from Captain America, wore a windowpane suit (with very small squares!) to the opening night of King Lear at the Public Theater in New York City.
Notice how both windowpane suits featured so far have also been three piece suits: windowpane works well with a three piece suit because the simplicity of the squares is balanced by the civility of the waistcoat.
Ok, so probably not many of you have heard of this guy, but apparently he’s an actor on a Korean drama.
If anything sells you on the windowpane check, let it be this lovely, beige two piece with its pale, chalky squares.
The diversity of men who wear windowpane attests to its excellence. If men as diverse as Lee Soo-hyuk and Benedict Cumberbatch can wear it, you can, too.
Cumberbatch shows here that color contrasts are more striking when they appear as part of a windowpane check. The image here makes the colors difficult to discern, but I think I’m seeing navy and brown. Not colors you see together very often in a check, but here they work.
Of course, the “safest” windowpane is probably a navy or a gray suit with white squares, but don’t be afraid to branch out.
A subtler windowpane can be seen here, sported by Dwayne Johnson. It’s subtler because the squares are darker – but not a whole lot darker – than the beige background.
The overall impression is softer, and unfortunately, it doesn’t quite have the same, modern, chic, and minimalist effect of the windowpane checks above.
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One of our windowpane suits (pictured below) was well reviewed by Justin L. Jeffers on TheFineYoungGentleman.com.
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