There are lots of plaid flannel shirts out there, classic tartan kilts (with oversized safety pins,) plaid menswear-look vests (buy in menswear departments!) and plaid pants (difficult to find in fashionable silhouettes-try vintage shops if you’re looking.) This piece features none of the aforementioned. Instead it’s a look at how contemporary designers are interpreting the pattern, with which silhouettes they try to distinguish it from the ho-hum of the past.
Left: Je M’en Fous Blazer- Love the nipped waist. Wear with a full midi skirt and boots to create a graceful 19th century appearance (muff anyone?), a pencil midi and heels for important meetings (dark hose,) leggings and boots for a sleek but feminine look. A pretty tartan pattern in 100% wool is fitted at the waist with a velvet bow and ruffled peplum shape. Low v neckline, hook-and-eye closure, single breasted, slightly ballooned sleeves. $398.00. Free standard shipping.
Right: Willow Blazer by April, May- Rock n’ roll meets tradition and wins. You’re unlikely to encounter this piece on anyone else. Dress it down as on the model or up with a velvet or wool/cashmere skirt. Either way, your iconoclastic tendencies show. Mixed plaid flannel blazer. Shawl collar with notched lapels, welt pockets at the hip. $400.00
Left- Plaid Cossette Dress- Office Christmas party, dinner with friends, weekday cocktails or theater. An attractive silhouette on almost all body types. Womanly, not girlish. Somewhere between sedate and a wink. Black Halo Plaid with sleeveless styling, sweetheart neckline. Fitted bodice, hidden zipper closure, ruffled front with slit at hemline. Mid knee. Polyester/rayon/spandex. $345.00
Right: Modern Fairytale Dress- Here’s a really original use of a plaid. 100% cotton (machine wash!) dress in a young, pretty, feminine party silhouette. Fully lined, hidden back zipper, halter neck tie; hip pockets. If the heat is on, you really couldn’t be more comfortable. Add a velvet shrug and suede flats or heels and you’re ready to dance the night away. $154.99
Striking midi for those who are long and lean. Belted or not, this will make you look like an Autumnal sylph. Perfect for the office, galleries, a matinee. The color is confident but not blaring. Wear with boots or heels (not flats.) Crew neck. Pulls on. 100% rayon. $337.00
Left: Lauren Ralph Lauren Red and Black Plaid Ruffled Maxi Skirt- Just right for holiday entertaining. Add a cashmere sweater, silk blouse (or both) and be done with it. This one is fine with simple velvet or suede flats. Machine washable cotton. Side zipper closure, a-line silhouette with two layers of flirty, cascading, pleated ruffles. About 38” long and fully lined. $129.00
Center: Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren Gathered Plaid Skirt- Another great piece for home entertaining or just to wear around and about on a Saturday. The midi skirt has a drawstring waist as well as ties to pull and gather for a soft-tiered effect. Casual and bohemian. Best worn with a soft, unconstructed top. Machine washable cotton. $180.00
Right: Juicy Couture Regal Blue Plaid Eton Skirt- School girl rocker chic. Pair with tights and thigh high boots, ankle boots, or combats—depending on exactly how rocker you are. Tights please, it’s a mini. Great for the young or very cool. Goes with everything. Black waistband, side zipper closure, gold-toned studs; pleated. Flared silhouette. Viscose/wool. $200.00 (less is more?)
Left: Ed Hardy Batu Pump- Why be bored to death with a wardrobe of dark, solid shoes when for very little money you can own a pair in trendy plaid? Jazz up a suit or sweater dress. Great for work or play. Multi-color flannel fabric upper, manmade sole. Concealed ½” platform. Lace up detail at the vamp. 4” heel. $70.00 Black, browns, pale yellow or Red, pink, blue
Right: Camden Plaid Satchel- Tan vegan leather and printed plaid fabric make this both politically correct and affordable, while still looking nifty. Carry papers to the office or give it to your daughter for light days at school. Fold-over flap with exposed zipper detailing. Front pocket, gold twist-lock closure. Detachable/adjustable crossbody strap, fully lined interior with zip pocket and cell phone compartment. 11.5” wide, 8.7” high, 7.7” deep. $58.00
Be the one in the crowd not wearing a plain black coat. Find yours in the pile on the bed or hanging in any restaurant. Classic pattern, distinctive color. About car coat length. Heavy-weight wool with button cuffs, side slit pockets, button fastening at the front. Fully lined. Loose fit. On sale $1598.00 (60% off!)
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