True story: For the longest time I cringed at the idea of wearing plaid. I associated the colorful horizontal and vertical pattern with preps and punks in high school and, eventually, hipsters in college; it just wasn’t for me (although many people would probably still call me a hipster). Now that I’ve been out of school for a year (has it been that long?!), plaid has grown on me thanks to street style inspiration, which showed me new and nuanced ways to update plaid from its sartorial prep school roots. Plaid is a classic, versatile pattern that can be mixed with other textures, prints, and fabrics for a sophisticated, cool, and refined look. See for yourself:
I love the idea of wearing plaid in interesting textures and shapes, like this modern tweed jacket from Michael Kors. It’s a break from the traditional way of wearing plaid, and can be worn from day to night.
If you want to wear a plaid pencil skirt and not look like a librarian, this is the skirt for you. Pair with a graphic sweater or a matching plaid blouse for an eclectic look.
Monochrome for those who find colorful plaids blasé. Pair with a leather skirt and booties for a polished look.
Weekend Wear: Three ways to show your attitude for plaiditude
The lace embellishment distinguishes this blouse from an otherwise standard plaid shirt. Pair with a fur (or faux fur) coat and leggings à la Mary-Kate Olsen. I love how a street style aficionado added a belt to her plaid blouse at Milan Fashion Week (image above) for added sophistication.
Too often plaid pants resemble pajamas. But this pair from Alice + Olivia breaks the mold. Pair with motorcycle boots and a black blazer or leather jacket. If you’re feeling really adventurous, add a floral top; plaid’s subdued pattern complements other (louder) prints.
‘Tis the season for the trendy moto jacket, and this plaid meets leather concoction from Thakoon Addition couldn’t be a better way to express your plaiditude. The contrasting leather adds a subtle punk undertone to the soft, feminine jacket.