@AskEmmi - Can I wear plaid to the office? / by Emmi Sorokin

Lebron James on the Daily Show
Lebron James on the Daily Show

Q: I see plaid everywhere now and I like the look, but not sure if I can wear it to work even though our office is business casual. Ideas?

A: You don't have to be a farmer to pull off wearing plaid to work, especially in a business casual setting.  The shirt Lebron James wore for his most recent appearance on the Daily Show is a perfect example of incorporating plaid into a casual yet professional look.  There are two keys to doing this successfully.  First,  choose a button down that is made from smooth dress shirt fabric rather than flannel.  Second, choose a tonal plaid (dark grey and light grey in this case) instead of bright contrasting (red and black) colors.  Bonus points for keeping the tonal coordination going, like Lebron (or his smart stylist) did by adding the slate grey vest.