This fall/winter season we see the old traditional plaid still a staple in fashion yet delivered in new silhouettes and scale. Showing over scaled wrap coats, luxe sweat shirts and slim cigarette pants.
Plaids are a stand out trend for fall. Big Buffalo plaid prints of red and black make their bold statement ASOS’s bulk sweater with chiffon hem and Hatch Collection’s short sleeved A-line swing top and an exposed zipper pencil skirt from Mango. Tartan plaids are found in Moschino’s collection of wool pant suits and silk dresses, Vivian Westwood’s pinched waist fitted green plaid jacket. Fiinish off with footwear, Hot Sox cotton socks and T.U.K. tartan plaid work boot or Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s tartan tweed and suede work boot. Stella McCartney embraces the classic plaid of red, black and green on a white field 3/4 length with broad lapels with purse to match. St. Laurent by Heidi Slimane’s wool mini dress with bow and cap sleeves has become a glossy darling.
Smaller patterned Glen plaid is found in Calvin Klein’s black and white plaid wrap vest and skirt or Rag and Bone zipper sleeve jacket with laced treatment on the back or glen plaid pant suit with tuxedo strip down the side legs. Delpozo does a double breasted cropped jacket in wine and rose with matching pegged pant. PJK Patterson J. Kincaid has a relaxed Luxe sweat shirt plaid body with plain sleeves. Plaid is a big bold pattern in pleated skirts by Alice and Olivia and Brooks Brother’s Black Fleece line. I am really loving Lanvin’s wrap coat in hound’s tooth plaid of black white red and gold.
But we cannot over look a more traditional approach to plaid like Tommy Hilfiger’s collection witch includes a shearling lined jacket or Burberry as an easy source for plaid being that plaid is their signature print.
The runway collections’ list goes far and wide with the varied use of plaid. The unconventional approach to plaid of Junya Watanabe full length coat and patchwork dresses. or Celine over scaled box cut plaid shits, skirts and coats playing on the familiar plaid print of the plastic totes including plaid silk slip-on sneakers and bags. Versace has a leather panel front kilt with plaid sides. Louis Vuitton walked boxy over scaled coat of plaid with sequined ombre hems on the runway. Even Levi Made & Crafted push a corduroy plaid for fall 2013.
You can take your existing plaids from your wardrobe and mix with the new shapes of over scaled sweaters and jackets as well as a narrow pant or pencil skirts.
Ladies don’t be afraid to snatch your man’s paid shirt or seater. Remember the trend is over scaled! Keep the bottom half more slim to not overwhelm your look.