How To: Red, White & Blue

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This month’s GQ has a feature called, “Raise The Flag”, which displays about five different shirt and tie combos of red, white & blue. With Independence Day just two days away, I thought it would be most appropriate to show some more ways to incorporate the colors of Old Glory into your wardrobe.

Red, white & blue is a relatively easy combo to pull-off. Most guys feel comfortable wearing a white dress shirt with a blue and red tie, or, a white t-shirt with blue jeans and a red hat. While those looks are classic, they are also safe/expected. Here are some suggestions to help you think outside the  box/push the limits when putting together your patriotic look.

Tips for styling Red, White & Blue:

  • Don’t overlook your accessories. A pocket square or watch strap can be the perfect finishing touch.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of only wearing red, white & blue shirt and tie combos.
  • Explorer the different shades all of these colors. You don’t have to stick to navy, bright red and stark white.
  • Explore patterns like stripes, plaids and gingham to work the three colors into your look
  • It’s summer time. Make your white trousers the base of your red, white

1. Short Sleeves For Work:

Red, White & Navy Gingham Shirt by H&M Waist Coat & Trousers from 3 Piece Essential Custom Suit by Indochino – Cabarris Penny Loafers by Johnston & MurphyRose Gold Watch by Michael Kors

2. Rock The Polo

Bermuda Polo by Psycho Bunny White Chinos by BonobosSuede Blue Driving Moccasins by Aldo

Some Quick Tips About Fit:

  • The sleeves of a polo shirt should stop at the middle of your biceps (if your sleeves hit your elbow your shirt is too long or too large).
  • A polo shirt should hug your shoulders
  • If you decide to wear a polo as a part of your red, white & blue outfit, go with a pattern. Solid colors polos can be a bit boring and can often mask your physique.

Watch strap by

3. Linen On Linen:

Spread Collar Linen Shirt by Psycho Bunny Linen Double-breasted blazer by Andres ValescoRed Cotton/Silk Pocket Square by Psycho BunnyDouble Monk Strap Shoes by Mercanti Fiorentini

It’s been hot as hell out so far this summer, but, there are still times that you may need to throw on a blazer. Reach for your summer fabrics like cotton or in the case of this outfit, linen on linen (shirt and blazer are linen). Putting together a look with different shades of blue adds a bit of depth and keeps the summer aesthetic. Also, don’t freak out if you see wrinkles in your linen because wrinkles and linen go hand-in-hand.

Red Nato Watch Strap by Cheapest Nato Straps

4. Invested

Red & White Spread Collar Shirt by Frank & Oak – Vintage Navy Waist Coat – Leather Navy Blue Belt by J.FoldDouble Monk Strap Shoes by Mercanti Fiorentini

Blue Pocket Square by Psycho Bunny

Blue & White Watch Strap by Cheapest Nato Straps

Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele





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Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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18 Comments on “How To: Red, White & Blue”

  1. riamichelle
    July 2, 2012 at 2:59 AM #

    Great looks, love the polo and the linen on linen.

    • July 2, 2012 at 3:08 AM #

      Hi Ria,

      Thanks for dropping in and for the kind words.

      – Sabir

  2. July 2, 2012 at 3:01 AM #

    I’m really liking these styles (Specially the invested one), but I’d like to know which watch is that with the NATO strap? Looks like a Timex, but I’m not too sure.

    • July 2, 2012 at 3:08 AM #

      Hi Georges,

      The watch is the Timex Easy Reader 18mm.

      – Sabir

  3. July 2, 2012 at 7:59 AM #

    Great post!

  4. Joey
    July 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM #

    Is there a post on the double monks somewhere? I am seriously liking those at that price!
    Did you have to size down?
    Is that the dk. Brown or or the lighter you are wearing?

    • July 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM #

      Hi Joey,

      I haven’t done an exclusive feature on these particular monks. I didn’t size down at all. The color I am wearing are the ones listed as brown, but, I changed the color of them recently with a cordovan polish (want to give them a slightly red hue).

      _ – Sabir

  5. JP
    July 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM #

    Love the strap watch! Great looks as always.

  6. Dom
    July 2, 2012 at 10:36 AM #

    How do you find the fit of the Frank and Oak shirt? Nice looks

    • July 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM #

      Hi Dom,

      The fit of the shirt is great. Hugs the shoulders well and is trim in the waist (but not tight). I’m wearing a medium if that serves as a frame of reference for you.

      – Sabir

  7. July 3, 2012 at 8:25 AM #

    wow, i absouletely love the look of the double breasted linen blazer, will definitely try that soon.
    and thanks for the lead on the nato straps i have searched high and low everywhere in canada for those.

    • July 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM #

      Hi Mr. Crowne,

      I’m happy that you like the look. The watch straps were a great find. If you order any, tell Sofie that Men’s Style Pro sent you!

      – Sabir

  8. July 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM #

    Hi Sabir,

    This look with the vintage waist coat has really inspired me. I think I’ll rock it for the holiday! Fantastic job. Thanks Sabir.

    • July 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM #

      Hi Ranell,

      I am happy that this look inspired you! Enjoy the 4th of July!

      – Sabir

  9. July 3, 2012 at 10:38 PM #

    Awesome pairings, Sabir. I always try to bring some red-white-blue style to a 4th golf tourney I play each year. Thanks for the tips on the nato straps, too. Have a great holiday!

  10. Peter
    July 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM #

    Hi Sabir,
    I’d like to ask you an advice: I’ve been invited to a wedding in august :S and i’m not a fan of suits even if i know that bon ton says a suit is needed for men for a wedding. But i was thinking if i could go in a blazer and slacks, not much difference between blazer and trouser, but just mixing different tones of blue for example, maybe avio trousers and royal blue blazer or even darker, then a white shirt and a mint tie: the wedding wont be in the city and as i said, will be in august: Do you think i could break the rule of ( suit for men at wedding) ? meaning do you know for ur experience about well dressed gentlemen going in blazer and slacks to a wedding?
    hope in your answer, would be very appreciated.
    thank Sabir


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