Summer is over, gingham is no longer in the picture, and plaid has taken over. This is the season of plaid, a print ubiquitous to fashion. Plaid was first worn by the Scottish in the 1500s as a Celtic kilt or blanket to battle the highland weather. Since then it has been sported by lumberjacks in the 1900s, hippies in the 1970s, and counterculturist in the 1990s. Most notably, it became the unofficial symbol of the grunge movement, a style that Marc Jacobs appropriated. The fashion trend is inescapable, especially this Fall where it returns on the more masculine side of style.
In these colder months, we seem to be taking a cue from the boys while also adding a bit of femininity into the mix. The plaid blazer that I am wearing is inspired by the classic tailoring of men’s sportswear. The silhouette is long and lean, making this plaid blazer very versatile. Plaid, in general, is being incorporated into modern looks that have a minimal, sophisticated, and polished appeal. Always accessorize a modern look with simple jewelry. Lately, I have been wearing chokers with polished outfits because they create a more carefree vibe.
Runways from Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, and Altuzarra have made it understood that plaid is both bold and subtle. There are a ton of styles available if tailored plaid blazers aren’t for you. Let’s say you are going for the classic schoolgirl approach, try an a-line plaid dress paired with a long cardigan or coat. Plaid pants coupled with a leather jacket also make for a rebellious look connotating punk. I think it is important to find your own niche when it comes to wearing plaid. The great part about it is that once you invest in a few pieces, the trend is bound to make a cool comeback.