You can study the runways and make predictions as to what the biggest trends will be until you're blue in the face, but we've found that it's all speculation until fashion month kicks off each November. That's when we really get to see what fashion girls are actually going to be wearing this season, as opposed to just ogling something that's on the runway. In fact, no matter what your style, plaid can be the perfect print to help you pull your entire outfit together. Keep reading and I'll show you how to find the plaid that speaks to you.
Last fall, I couldn’t get enough of the relaxed street style: an oversized flannel tied around my waist or effortlessly draped open with a graphic t-shirt underneath. A year later and I’m still seeing women rocking the print this way, often paired with a pair of skinny jeans or leather leggings. While I still love this look—and it remains a staple in my wardrobe—lately I’ve been leaning toward more ladylike versions of the trend, pulling elegant plaid pieces together in a more refined way. For example, the other day I wore a button-down plaid jacket with a gray t-shirt, pleated skirt, and an envelope clutch. The pattern had just the right color scheme to tie the other pieces together without looking too loud.
We don’t think it does, unless you belong to a Scottish clan, and are entitled to wear the real thing, a beautiful tartan. For the rest of us, plaid and check give us ample choice of colours, patterns, fabrics and styles.It’s not just lovers of grunge that are rocking flannel shirts at the moment – everyone is throwing them over ripped jeans, or tying them around their waists. Wear large checks or a bold plaid with a slogan tee peeking through, or layer over a flimsy dress for a contrast in textures. They’re just great for outdoor wear, as any lumber jack will confirm, so add a beanie, and you’re sorted for autumn. Cover with an oversized sweater or biker jacket for extra warmth.
You won’t go far wrong if you follow Taylor Swift’s sleek, tailored version tucked into slim pants. Alternatively, team with denim shorts, or top a plaid skater skirt with a lace blouse for a vintage look. Put a suede or leather jacket, real or faux, over a long-sleeved checked dress, and add black tights and booties. Wear a man’s shirt as a dress, or leave him to add it to a pair of skinny jeans of his own. Button up, and accentuate your waist with a belt.
But for those of us that weren’t so lucky, that meant scouring the interwebs for the best plaid coats, blazers, and long-line jackets before they were all sold out. Wear it atop a hoodie with vintage Levi’s and Vans for a casual vibe, or dress up a hefty houndstooth coat with black culottes and booties. Ahead, we found 13 iterations of the majorly trendy piece that you should add to cart before they’re all gone.
The runways are flaunting the look, too. In Paris, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Saccai featured plaid, with the latter producing in-your-face prints. New York’s take on tartan turned to buffalo check, with Rag and Bone including pullover jackets and pencils, and Preen showcasing asymetrical maxis in colours as bright as jewels. NoNoo’s inspired contribution was a skirt with cut-out squares.
Smarten up with a plaid jacket, pencil and stilettos, or substitute a coat. Mix your tartans to stunning effect, but stick to subdued colours and weaves. Wrap a faux-fur vest round a check shirt, or pair the latter with a leather skirt or trousers.
The only advice I’d give with this one is to keep the rest of your look sleek and subdued. And when it comes to this pattern, don’t be afraid to mix prints so long as the colors are in harmony and the size of the checks are different enough to make the pairing appear deliberate. So pick up a piece that works with your style sensibility or find an oldie but goodie from your closet. Now is just the right time to start playing with plaid.