What do I think of the plaid trend? – it’s fantastic! I think it’s fun! But more importantly, I love it because I love classics without being boring, and that’s exactly what plaids offer!
Double the benefit to all of us, fashion lovers! As by getting something in plaid pattern this season, we will look fresh and on trend but without wasting our money! Because it will be quite an investment piece! Plaid may not be as BIG next year, or year after that, but it will never really (or I should say ‘never completely’) go out of fashion.
As you probably noticed from my previous posts, I like a bit of a twist, I like a pop of colour, but I don’t like to be loud. Therefore, I wouldn’t be wearing head to toe plaid I don’t think. Although some plaid suits looked amazing on the latest runway shows. And if you could pull it off – great! If you’re like me however, I’d use it here and there, in one way or another – pant, skirt, jacket or perhaps even a mini coat (I’m a little too short to pull off a long coat).
If you are wearing a suit or a long coat, perhaps you can wear a plain one-tone blouse underneath, or a scarf, to break up the head to toe check or plaid. Otherwise, I’d wear a plaid jacket with jeans or plain black pants or skirt. If not black, then any monochrome colour, perhaps the colour that exists in your plaid pattern already, whether it’s tan, red, grey, navy, baby pink – as long as it’s complementary to one of the colours in the plaid.
I heard it before – “good taste is too boring!” But to me, there is nothing worse than looking messy. ‘Neat’ and ‘Elegant’ are my keywords when it comes to any outfit. Nothing wrong with taking a risk with fashion choices but, like with business, make sure your risks are calculated. Make people ‘wow’ for the right reasons.
So even if you’re mixing patterns, for example, you can be quite clever. You may have a large plaid pattern on your jacket, but very fine, small pattern on the shirt underneath. Or, if your plaid is super fine, make sure you shirt pattern is contrasting but colour is complementing. Like in this example here.
I actually bought a pair of plaid Calvin Klein pants at Macy’s in NYC a couple of years ago, which never been worn, thanks to the opportunity to work from home for the last couple of years. But I am off to work next week and oh how handy is to have that piece in my wardrobe! Speaking of investing in timeless pieces.
Enjoy the plaid season ladies!