When I think about plaid, a few key looks come to mind, including Britney Spears’ pleated schoolgirl skirt and Cher Horowitz’s oh so nineties plaid skirt/blazer/vest combo. Now don’t get me wrong, Clueless will always be a fashion moment, but there is a chicer, more sophisticated way to wear plaid, as evidenced on the Fall 2011 runways.
Rag & Bone showed a three-piece plaid look that was very now. The Moto jacket and furry collar would look hot thrown over just about anything. Carven had a long-sleeved plaid shift dress with appliqué under the bust that turned the traditional schoolgirl look on its head. Marc by Marc Jacobs showed a long, loose pair of plaid trousers that would be a glorious way to wear the printed pants trend covered here previously. Another standout was Tory Burch’s plaid pantsuit, which embraced the trend in a super ‘70s way.
One of the best things about the plaid trend is that it’s very easy to incorporate into your fall wardrobe. Just about everyone has a plaid button down floating around in her closet that can be used to create a great look. Two of my favorite ways to style it are tucked into a pair of high-waisted flares or worn over leather pants with heels or booties.
There are a few rules to wearing plaids – which is to be mindful of the scale and pattern in relation to your body. Wide and bold patterns can be just as dangerous as wide horizontal stripes. Also, If worn on overload, it can very easily veer into school uniform territory, so I recommend embracing that and going full board or instead make the rest of your look extremely non-preppy by adding in edgy extras, denims and leather.