It's a discussion that nobody wants to have. Nobody wants to talk about plaid, but this must be settled once and for all. Can a man wear plaid and still be cool?

It seems we have come to expect and accept the fact that flannel shirts are going to be plaid. And we are okay with that because in the winter time when we are trying to stay warm, we don't mind if we look like a lumberjack. But, when plain bleeds over to other parts of our wardrobe, people begin to talk. Thus, the reason for this post.

It has been quite a few weeks since I have worn the plaid shirt you see in the photo above.  The last time I wore it, someone - and I don't remember who it was--gave me the ole "Plaid, huh?" comment along with a wry smile. Suddenly, I was self-conscious of my nice plaid shirt.

So after several weeks, I felt brave enough to try it again. Wouldn't you know it. The very first person that sees me gives me that skeptical look with an "Oh, Plaid!" comment --and a chuckle. Instantly, my complex returned, never mind that later in the morning two people commented that they liked my shirt. Their encouragement didn't help. The very fact that they were compelled to comment made me think there must be something wrong about a guy wearing a plaid shirt  who's trying to be cool.

(Zane Mathews)

So, I have decided to take my quandary to the masses and let the people decide. Plaid or no plaid. That is the question. Can a man wear plaid and still be cool? Take a good look at the photo and cast your vote below. The majority vote will determine the fate of this shirt - and others that may possibly be stowed away in the deep recesses of my closet.

Thank you for taking the time to help me out!