Summer Attire: Stay Away from Plaid Patterned Shorts

Summer is a blissful time: the weather is great (mostly), restaurant patios are open, and its finally warm enough to lay out on the beach and swim in the ocean. It is also a time when everyone can forget about layering their clothes to stay warm. Indeed, in the summer, we shed our clothes and keep everything minimal. Shoes? No thanks. Jacket? No way! Jeans? I’ll save those for when the temperature drops.

Typically, sandals, light shirts, and shorts reign supreme in the summer. And while this may be fantastic for some, to others it can be a little hard on the style eye. Don’t believe me? Lets take a look and focus our attention at the ever popular plaid patterned shorts and examine why these shorts are fit for the pit.

First of all, the pattern suggests warmth. Plaid patterned shirts are typically worn during the fall/winter months because they keep their owners not only warm on the inside, but also looking warm.  Therefore, why would you want your front and backside to stay warm in the summer?

Second: the cut/fit. There are no (or very few) plaid patterned shorts that have a decent enough cut or fit to adequately flatter your particular body type. Most of these shorts are baggy and oversized, making it look like you are not wearing shorts, or pants, but an amalgamation of the two. See below:

Third: the pattern (again). A popular style suggestion to follow is the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid). Simplicity suggests colours that are easy on the eye (white, blue, grey) and not too distracting, so mixed patterns and large logos should be left alone. Plaid shorts immediately draw attention but not in a good way, and they are by no means simple.


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Stay away from plaid shorts!

Until next time,

Manner of Dress.


Way Overdue

It has almost been seven months since a new post was published on this site, and there are many reasons why things were so quiet. But instead of listing these reasons its time to dive back into the small world of mens style blogs (at least in Atlantic Canada) and get started on posting new material on a daily bases.  First post: Halifax style.

As a university city, Halifax attracts thousands of students each year who come from various cities, provinces, and countries. They may arrive with a sense that Halifax is a small, laid-back city that offers an abundance of smiling faces and a plethora of coffee shops and pizzerias. Indeed, Halifax can boast proudly about an over-caffeinated, cheese-filled happy population, but one aspect that most newcomers to the city become quickly aware of (and openly complain about) is the lack of style in Haligonia.

Untrue. To refute this point, look no further than “Fashion East: A Journal of Maritime Fashion” (address: A Tumblr site run by three photographers living in Halifax, “Fashion East” provides crisp photographs of stylish individuals who dwell within the city. While browsing through the site your first reaction may very well be “Wait, this picture was taken on Spring Garden Road?” Yes it was. Take a peak at these photos:

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With daily updates and the ability to submit your own photographs for “Submission Saturday and Sunday”, the Fashion East style blog deserves your immediate attention.

Halifax: too many fish and chips? Maybe. Lacking style? No way.

Until next time,

Manner of Dress.


One aspect of an individuals outfit that can ruin their entire ensemble is a big, distracting logo. Even more so if they are draped head-to-toe in designer clothing with visible brand-name emblems, which are either coordinated or not. For example, there are times when you may see someone with a Ralph Lauren shirt, jacket, and shoes that all have the Ralph Lauren logo stitched on each piece of clothing/accessory. Recently, Ralph Lauren released their “Big Pony” collection, and to give you a sense of how large their logo appears on a polo shirt, look at the following pictures:


The logo takes up a significant portion of the shirt, and not only does it take away from whatever an individual is also wearing, but it is likely going to be the only thing that sticks out. Forget that your pants fit well or that you are wearing great shoes, the eye of the beholder can’t veer away from that giant eyesore. Check out this Tommy Hilfiger polo:

Style and good dress doesn’t come from wearing brand name clothing (especially if it looks like you are a walking advertisement), but from the pairing of certain pieces and the coordination of fit, colour, and texture. And while it takes time to develop a keen sense of style, one step in the right direction is avoiding brand-name designer clothing with logos that overshadow your look. You will also have more money left over.


Until next time,


Manner of Dress.