At Western, the ladies often come out on top when it comes to style. That’s why I was so excited to find a sharply dressed Fashionisto this week. With his simple, sleek style, he showed the gents how easy it is to look fashionable and put together for class.

A plaid button-up shirt was the focus of this Fashionisto’s outfit. The classic pattern has been increasing steadily in popularity. Spotted on many fall 2011 runways, it is clearly shedding its kilt and lumberjack stereotypes!

Choose plaid with a large square pattern during the day, because it has a more casual vibe. Topman makes a plaid shirt similar to the one spotted on this Fashionisto. You could also experiment with detailing and opt for elbow patches or Western-style pockets on your plaid top.

This Fashionisto’s look was pulled together with a trendy jacket and aviator sunglasses. Although he found his multi-pocket coat in a San Francisco store, similar jackets can be found online from either OBEY or Hugo Boss. Slip on some lace-up sneakers to complete the campus-ready look!

For a casual evening out, take inspiration from Nautica's runway when dressing up your plaid button-up. Match a solid colour tie with your plaid shirt and layer under a corduroy blazer or a sweater vest for a trendy look. If you’re feeling particularly daring, mix patterns; pair a plaid cardigan over a plaid button-up.

Don’t let the Fashionistas get all the style credit this fall! Work a versatile plaid button-up into your wardrobe for a simple way to stay on trend.

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