The holiday season practically goes hand in hand with all things plaid, check or tartan.
It’s quite festive, no?!
However, once the egg nog is poured (does anyone really drink that stuff?!), all of the gifts are opened and the ball is dropped you’re left to clean up the mess of the holidays and that often includes retiring some of your favorite plaid pieces until the following year. Fortunately, there is plaid street style inspiration abound — and unlike your Singing Santa figurine collection, this is a holiday style that can stay with us quite a while longer!
One of this season’s biggest NYFW trends comes to us from a place other than the runway — the street.
If you’ve been coming here for a while, you know that I take much of my inspiration from street style fashion. Rather than focus on more editorial and unrealistic model goals, I prefer to see how real people interpret the runway trends and wear them in real life and on real bodies. One of these trends spotted on repeat has been the menswear-inspired plaid blazer. Continue Reading
I’m having a hard time keeping up with the speed at which my calendar seems to be moving. I sneezed in September and now it’s December. Yowza.
So how is your winter style going? Anyone else doing a modified CAPSULE WARDROBE like me? Part of the challenge of living with less is finding ways to wear things (and love them) more… like your old plaid shirt for instance.
I’ve always been an advocate for WEARING PLAID and if you haven’t ventured into this checked and tartan world, welcome!
Here are 5 fresh new ways to take that old plaid in your closet and make it new all over again!
Plaid is the ideal pattern for mixing and matching. To keep the look from going too wild here are a few style tips:
• Stick to one busier pattern (tartan) matched up with one more basic one (stripe)
• Focus on scale — a large scale pattern always compliments a smaller scale pattern
• Keep the tones within the same color family
• Accessorize with neutrals to ground the look
Sounds totally basic and kind of “duh,” but when it comes to wearing plaid shirts, most people opt for the more casual styling with the shirt untucked over the jeans or pants. Try tucking a more fitted plaid into a pair of sleek skinny jeans. Throw on a pair of high heel pumps and you have yourself an unexpectedly dressy look!
One of the easiest ways to transition your summer whites into cold weather staples is with a plaid shirt or accessory. Since the plaid is generally reminiscent of the holiday season, it immediately changes the overall tone of the look and makes it more seasonally appropriate. Also, vibrant plaids when paired with white visually pop and become the centerpiece of the outfit.
Most of us have used our plaid as a base layer upon which we build the rest of the outfit. Throwing a sweater or cardigan over a plaid shirt is pretty much common place, but substitute a cool fitted sweatshirt for your sweater, try a plaid pencil skirt and a whole new look is born.
Again, what makes this look noteworthy is the contrast of textures, patterns and styles. A pencil skirt — especially in a traditional plaid, is perhaps on of the more traditional items of clothing a woman can own. However, the sweatshirt injects some youth and fun into the conservative skirt taking this look from work to play.
As a stylist, the time frame between the end of August and Mid-October is definitely one of my busiest as people make the transition to their fall/winter wardrobes, swap out their seasonal closets and fill in gaps new purchases. I’ve worked with practically every age, shape, size and style of woman and this past week I’ve noticed that the common style thread running through all of them is their love for a good plaid shirt.
With so many colors and patterns of plaid to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone. As far as fit goes, I always recommend a longer fitted silhouette (a rounded shirt-tail hem is my favorite!) that skims the body without any gaps around the chest area, or pulling at the shoulders or armpits. Since plaid is such a great cold weather staple, a fitted version is the best way to take advantage of all of the different styling options a good plaid shirt can provide.
SHOP THE LOOK:
Ever think your most broken in plaid could be dressed up for a night out? Well, based on the photos above, clearly it can! I know what I’ll be wearing this weekend…
One of the bigger themes to emerge for this Fall ’13 season is the return of plaid. No, it’s not the Nirvana 90’s all over again. This year, plaid is coming back in a more refined and sophisticated way. From fitted shirts with details, to elegant cropped trousers in a classic windowpane pattern, there is a plaid out there for everyone. I believe the key to successfully incorporating plaid into your wardrobe, is to contrast the masculine nature of the pattern with something a bit more girly and feminine- a scarf, an elegant ballerina flat, a voluminous skirt. In this case, opposites really do attract!