Paul Bunyan called. He wants his shirts back.

Now I know a few years ago plaid shirts were all the rage to wear with your new pair of Ban Wayfarers but it’s 2011. Time to move on. I was recently at a bar watching a few bands and was immersed in a sea of plaid. Don’t get me wrong at one point plaid button downs were the bee’s knees when only two people in the room were sporting them. I feel like now every guy panics a little bit while out shopping and they go for the first black, white and red plaid shirt they see for a hip look. For those of you out there who just can’t quit your plaid cold turkey I’ve found a lot of great button downs to wean you out of hipster mode. It’s almost spring gentleman; put down the Narragansett and pick up a gin and tonic.

Gingham is great to pick up in the spring and will take you through summer and if you’re feeling ambitious the rest of the year under a sweater or sport coat. I love this J Crew Montecito gingham shirt to wear with a pair of jeans or some flat front khakis for work. And a bonus if you have blue eyes, they’ll really sparkle now.

I love love love this Utility shirt. It’s perfect for a casual night or weekend jaunt. And even with my OCD ironing issues I would say you can work this shirt a little wrinkled. A plus right? Stay away from the white. Unless you’re a bronzed God you’ll most likely be washed out wearing it. I’m really digging the black as a transition piece into spring. I’m feeling a touch of 2011 Indiana Jones in this shirt. I’m talking Indiana Jones sans Shia LeBeouf.

Now here’s some plaid in a good way. I haven’t seen too many people out there straying from the black, red and white plaid. This is very 1965 Don Draper on the weekend smoking a Lucky while barbequing in the backyard with the family after spending the night with a girl from the typing pool. I like this shirt for a date night. Maybe roll up the sleeves to make it a little less professional and a lot more dateable.

I’m going out on a limb here and going to say every guy needs a chambray button down for the spring. Whether its under a grey sweater, buttoned up for a casual work place or with a great striped tee underneath I think this style will take you places…show you a world you’ve never seen before! That’s how into the chambray I am. This slim cut is great because the boxier you get in the fit the more you look like the Brawny paper towel man’s ugly stepbrother.

Find a look that’ll work for you? Great. Now throw out those old plaids shirts. Do not donate them to the Salvation Army because you’ll see some Allston hipster wearing it in two weeks flat.

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