According to the clothes that traveled down the fall/winter 2016 runways, colorful plaid patterns aren’t just for socks and blankets any more. Now they live on your new favorite fall jackets, trousers, and even shoes.
Below are a handful of the best new items on the market featuring this trend, as well as four tips on how to wear it.
- Plaid often means something, be it a Scottish clan’s tartan, a lumberjack’s checked flannel shirt, or a red-and-black buffalo plaid coat made for an outdoorsman. Because of this, it can appear costume-y if worn too far out of context. Try to match your plaid to the environment: Don’t wear a Buffalo check to a rock concert, and don’t wear a Scottish tartan to the office.
- If the color is muted, feel free to indulge in a larger scale of plaid such as a windowpane check. If the colors are brighter, think small: A big pattern in bold colors will just leave you looking like a peacock.
- Accessorize with plaid. You don’t need a full Prince of Wales check suit to make a statement. Pair a navy or gray suit with a loud, plaid scarf or even a tote bag. It will be the main focus and complete your look.
- Plaid, tartan, and checks are great for layering. Wear a plaid shirt under a simple, single-color jacket or blazer, or put a checked coat over a white Oxford. Try not to do plaid-on-plaid, unless you really want to get attention.