Plaid is back! If you could say that for a print that is an eternal classic. But obviously tartans, houndstooths and glen plaids check into the new season and are all over the runway, on the Pinterest and in the street style.
As far as I can remember, I have always been a plaid person. You know, it’s a kind of fraternity and there are stripe lovers, floral beauties, star superheroes and polka dot cuties. I, for one, have always betting on good old plaid. Maybe because of its cozy nature – it means “blanket” in ancient Scottish – and where I live there’s a fair amount of cold days when you need something cozy and colourful to warm up your days. Or maybe because of plaid’s self-contradictory spirit, equally loyal to royals, workers, peasants and 20th century rebels. Kate and Meghan, you are on board, with the whole bunch of your relatives, neighbored by punks and grunges.
Plaid’s not only a forever classic, it’s a lifestyle. My red and blue tartan shirts, my Royal Stewart skirts are woven into my memories from the 90s. Whenever I look at this this print I feel the smell and hear the sound of this glourious and naive decade. I hear Perl Jam’s Black. I hear PJ Harney’s C’mon Billy. I see Reality bites and all its authenticity and nonconformist spirit.
In my personal story, the crossed colourful stripes will be forever the gonfalon of those years of youth anger, dirty guitar sound and slouchy appearance. It was not percieved as a fashion thing. Back then we kids didn’t fancy fashion. I was wearing it because it was understated, affordable and versatile enough to layer it with a simple T-shirt or with my father’s old sweather.
Being a plaid person with solid 90’ upbringing means that I am properly equipped to start the 2018 Fall season dressed from head to toe in the new trend.
There are plenty of items in my wardrobe that will receive their chance for a new more adventurous life. A shirt, a bag, an umbrella, а signature overall. I wear them regularly in various combinations. I love these oldies. No doubt they’ll find their place in my ourtfits this fall. And I am ready for more.
Not all members of the large check family are equally dear to my heart. I have my special darlings.
Here’s how things are going for me and the plaid kind:
Tartan – join the clan
The king of plaids. It’s a well-known fact that there’s a specific tartan for each clan or family. Maybe this sense of belonging is part of the print’s appeal. It’a symbol of the importance of the family. It’s extremely popular, it has zillion of color combinations but the most prominent of them are Royal Stewart and Black Watch tartans.
What I like about tartan is that it’s present in the signature outfits of the most conservative and the most rebellious spirits.
You can spot it on Kate Middleton’s dresses, coats and costumes where it brings tradition and nostalgia. In the same time it’s a signature print of mods, Teddy Boys, punks and other subcultures of almost every decade of 20th century.
The best of tartan is that you can always mate it with more tartan.
This iconic pattern is all over the collections of the punk queen Vivienne Westwood and this fall it’s revived in bold colour combinations in the Anglomania 2018 collection.
But my favorite are the contrast yellow/purple Versace tartan coats, skirts and dresses from the brand’s Fall 2018 collection.
This fall, my Burberry tartan skirt will stay in the wardrobe but I have a cute white tartan shirt to be worn with jeans and boots. For a casual country-girl look.
And here’s my favorite bag. A red-white-brown blanket-looking bag. It follows me for several years now. A walk in the park, a shopping stroll or a movie marathon over the weekend – it’s with me wherever I go.
A sweet summer child, this one. You spot it on shirts and strap dresses. Honestly, not my favorite in the large plaid family, especially in its red and white version which reminds me badly of a tablecloth.
But I admit it looks casual and cool on all these J. Crew shirts which are a major men’s street style choice. Regular Gingham is quite too simple for me and that’s why the brand new addition in my wardrobe is a more complex rendition of this print. Wide leg pants in soft autumn reds, greens and light browns. It warms up the heart.
Glen plaid a.k.a Prince of Wales plaid
I really love this one. A dashing, tastefull pattern. Like many other stilish and very well-thought tropes in clothing, it comes from men’s fashion and it shows. Did I already mention it? Men’s fashion is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for me concerning prints, cuts and types of clothes.
Glen’s subtle, classy and sporty in the same time. I spotted some gorgeous renditions in the Fendi’s Fall 2018 trenchcoats where it mixes very well with another trend – gloss. It’s looks fabulous of Fendi’s dresses and trousers as well.
No doubt, glen plaid’s my most exciting autumn fashion trend. Unfortunately, I’m not very well prepared for it. What I have closest to this print is this shirt in navy and white check but I can’t wait to get more from this. Maybe not these cool Fendi boots but at least a double breasted blazer. Or a coat.
An extravaganza tiny windowpane check
I’m not entirely sure that I can call this windowpane plaid but it looks like one, with golden roundel decorations. It’s a vintage wide leg overall and I like the madcap cut and the retro vibe. There’s a slight 40’ touch in the upper part’s revers and in the overall cut, and it creates a very flattering silhouette.
Well, that’s not bad as a check-in to the new trend. Take a look into your wardrobe, check for some vivid colourful plaids, no way that there isn’t something ready for a new life. Enjoy the plaid season!