Sari Anne Tuschman 2017-09-05 07:12:23
Forget what you think about plaid—this season’s collections take the classic pattern into seriously modern territory. While plaid has a long, storied history (it began as the clothing for Scottish clans and was then solely referred to as “tartan”), it is perhaps most commonly associated with prep schools and the ’90s grunge movement. This season though, the checkered print is making its presence undeniably felt, having found its way onto countless fall runways and into numerous collections. Labels ranging from Michael Kors to Coach are bringing new life to the classic pattern. “The ’90s was probably plaid’s most notorious decade, but what makes it timeless is that it is a pattern that can be easily reinvented,” says celebrity stylist Caley Lawson. “[This fall], there are a lot of classic plaid patterns being mixed with edgy, modern fabrics and silhouettes—it’s more abstract, minimalistic and sophisticated. We are seeing many more versions of plaid this season than just the grunge style we are all familiar with.” Indeed, the much-buzzed-about Brock Collection took the preppy route with gingham separates, while Michael Kors went timeless with black-and-white tweed. Tory Burch opted for statement-making pieces paired with matching accessories, and Coach’s take feels totally cabin chic. Whatever your preference, there is a checkered option for you this fall. But according to Lawson, there is no reason to play it safe: “Plaid can seem buttoned up, so the less put together the better,” she says. “If you want to wear a bold plaid piece, balance it with a modern, unexpected silhouette. [This season’s] plaid is all about playing with patterns—it’s the new way to venture outside the box.” Daphne Bow Blouse, $458, Ainsley Trouser, $498, Sawyer Houndstooth Satchel, $728, at toryburch.com Selin Skirt, $1,490, Brock Collection, at modaoperandi.com Tara Top, $1,190, Brock Collection, at modaoperandi.com Black Tweed Georgette Smock Dress, $175, MICHAEL Michael Kors, at michaelkors.com
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