You need some patterns in your life. Big, bold, beautiful patterns — from stripes to houndstooths, they’re the easiest way to amp up your suiting arsenal. Right now, we’re crazy about checks in particular. Given the right size, colour and cut, a good checked suit perfectly straddles the line between classic and contemporary. Pair it with a short-sleeved sweater and functional yet stylish accessories, and you’ve got yourself the ideal weekend-ready suiting look.
1. Gucci Grey Monaco Slim-Fit Checked Wool Suit, $2,830 at Mr. Porter
This pattern might be a little more in-your-face than you’re used to, but it’s grounded by a classic grey base and a trim, flattering cut.
2. Aspesi Short-Sleeve Sweater, $225 at Farfetch
Men have the freedom to wear a T-shirt with practically anything nowadays. Leather jackets, suits, jeans — you name it, it works. But that doesn’t mean you should always fall back onto your trusty white tee — this vibrant short-sleeved knit is a welcome alternative.
3. Anderson’s Woven Leather Belt, $200 at Harry Rosen
Leather belts are the gold standard, but they can also be unforgiving to changes in waist size and eventually will wear out from use. This version tackles both of these problems by mixing elastic into its woven leather design to help retain its shape, even if you slip up on keeping yours trim.
4. Troubadour Messenger Bag, $1,315
A messenger might be as practical and utilitarian a bag as they come, but they don’t have to look that way. This sleek version by Troubadour ditches the nylon and Velcro for leather and a proper zipper closure, and its slim profile belies how much it can actually hold — perfect for hauling around all your everyday essentials.
5. Jimmy Choo Black Elastic Peter Loafers, $875 at Ssense
A clean, classic shoe with a contemporary twist: elastic straps act as the closure.
6. Breitling Chronoliner, $8,775
How do you make an aviation icon even better? Just like this. The Chronoliner is an update on a ’50s-era Breitling classic, and it boasts a rotating, hard-wearing ceramic bezel alongside an intricate Milanese bracelet strap. It’ll look equally at home with this suit as it will with your best casualwear.