After a while, all those sensible, solid Earth tones might start to get to you. If you're living in a sea of khaki, olive, navy and various shades of beige, it could be time to break out of your shorts comfort zone. This is where the classic Madras plaid short comes in. They come in just about every color combination out there, from subdued to brash, so it's just a matter of finding a pair (or two) that suits your personality. Locating the right shirt to complement the plaid could be daunting, but as long as it's not stripes, you should be OK.