Mad for plaid? This season, those who belong to the plaid posse are in luck — the popular print is making a statement on everything from blouses to dresses, skirts, sweaters, handbags and scarves. So blink all you want — you won’t miss this haute trend.
But this season’s plaids are a step beyond ’90s grunge and conservative cabin fever. With a nod to Alexander McQueen, fall 2016’s plaids are a mixed bag of colors, patterns and vibes. Think pairing a black and white plaid dress with a bold red plaid scarf; a tightly patterned burgundy plaid blouse with a widely patterned gray plaid skirt; or even a bold plaid statement piece with stripes, graphic prints or other menswear-inspired patterns in the same color family.
Here’s a look at how I mixed and matched two Ivanka Trump patterned pieces — one plaid and one graphic — to fall trend perfection.
There’s nothing quite like a classic plaid skirt with a modern update. This Ivanka Trump burgundy and black plaid skirt is a contemporary translation of the skirt Britney Spears made famous in her “Hit Me Baby (One More time) video. However, think more class, less crass. A slightly longer length, wrap-around style and sophisticated buckles take this schoolgirl straight to womanly sophistication.
I love the idea of mixing a print, so I opted for a graphic print sweater in the same color family as the posh plaid skirt. Tucked in to ensure the look is figure-flattering, these two pieces are a match made in mix-and-match heaven.
When you’re making a bold print statement with your outfit, it’s important the accessories support the look but don’t overwhelm it. To that end, I kept the jewelry simple — just a few bangles and some fun Vera Bradley coil earrings are all that’s needed for a little metallic edge. For the shoes, it’s all about the ankle boot for fall, and this Steve Madden suede boot ups the cool factor. Another option? An over-the-knee boot in suede; just be sure to choose a style that closely wraps the leg; i.e., no wide-leg boots with a skirt that opens wider on the bottom. Opposites attract!
To keep the print mixing vibe in tact, I opted for a fun python-print satchel from Coach. The nude pattern acts as a neutral with this outfit, and the black undertones blend the pattern with the existing plaid prints.
It’s OK to say “Plaid please” this season. In fact, the standout fashionistas will all be calling out for this classic print, reinvented. How will you wear it?
“I love the idea of mixing a print, so I opted for a graphic print sweater in the same color family as the posh plaid skirt. Tucked in to ensure the look is figure-flattering, these two pieces are a match made in mix-and-match heaven.”