I’ve been “MAD FOR PLAID” since my junior high school days, way back then when Wilma and Fred Flintstone were just starting to date, and Barney Rubble played JV basketball.  

If you have no idea who they are, we cannot be friends! The Flintstones?!! Saturday morning cartoons?!?!!! Come on people!!!

Ok back to the topic at hand…yep, queen of getting distracted!!

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My love for plaid runs very deep, and has been that way for as long as I can remember.  I’ve got a serious thing for menswear. Maybe it’s because I had a big brother and was a huge tomboy growing up. Either way, just about any print that had its origins in menswear, I’m most likely going to love.  Plaid being very close to the top of the list.

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There are so many types of plaid, you’re likely to find at least one that you’re drawn to, at least once a season. There’s Tartan, Tattersall, Windowpane Check, Madras, Gingham and Glen Plaid, sometimes referred to as Prince of Wales Check.  

These prints are considered heritage prints, and can be dated back for centuries, as early as the 1700’s. What does the term “heritage” print really mean?  It’s a print that is deeply rooted in historical traditions, and is usually handed down for generatons.  For example, Glenn Plaid originated in Scotland, in the 19th century, and was made popular by the British monarchy. 

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Why in the hell am I boring you, and why should you care about the history of plaid? You shouldn’t, and I’m a nerd who enjoys random research.

My point is…..plaids aren’t going anywhere!

They were around before you, and will be here long after we’re gone, so if you find a gorgeous plaid blazer, and you love it, don’t get rid of it just because it may not be popular at any given moment.  Surely by now you’ve gathered, I don’t care if something is “in” or not, if it makes me feel good, then I’ll continue to wear it.

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This, however, is an area where I would carefully consider the style, or silhouette of a garment.  Let’s say I’m looking for a plaid blazer. Because it’s a heritage print, I will try to purchase it in a classic cut, for the very reason I stated..to wear for as long as I’d like. Regardless of the current trend, my blazer will always look timeless, not dated.

One thing to keep in mind when styling heritage prints, particularly plaids….because they are “heritage”, therefore traditional, and inherently timeless,  they can often times come off as very stuffy.  To avoid looking too “mature”, be sure to style them in a very modern way.  Pair them with something a bit unexpected, like I’ve done in my blazer look, I paired it with leather pants.

If you’re more into trendy silhouettes than I am, then you’re in luck, because it’s a plaid, plaid world in stores right now!!! You’ll have more choices than you can possibly imagine!

I’ve rounded up a few looks, to give you a few ideas on how I like to style plaids.  

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If you’re bold, and would wear a head to toe plaid look, I absolutely LOVE how Blake Lively styled this look!! I’m on the hunt for an amazing plaid suit.  I’m considering this one.

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This look is pretty gorgeous as well…not for the faint of heart…that’s not me! I’d wear it to brunch on a Tuesday! Totally random? YES!…but you get the point! If you’re feeling froggy, take a look a this one. Wowza!

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Are you into pattern mixing? A colorful plaid is an ideal jumping off point for a little pattern play! Just look for similarities in colors, you’ll have a blast mixing and matching. This blazer would be an ideal starting point to a fabulous mixed pattern outfit!!! It’s got matching pants if you wanted to create a suit.

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If you’re a little less adventurous, no worries…..find a great scarf to dip your toe into the pool of plaids. I really love the look of this one.

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Even a plaid coat is an essential in my book! This one is amazeballllllzzzzz!!!..and looks almost identical to the one Victoria Beckham is wearing.

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If you’re more of a flannel shirt and jeans kind of girl, there are lots of options, this one by Rails is incredibly soft! If you haven’t tried their flannels, you’re missing out!!

What do you guys think?

Are you gonna dip your toes, or take a full on dive into the current, plaid mad world?!!?!! Let me know in the comments below.

You know the drill, if you’ve got questions, contact me, I’ll try my best to give you the answers!

Xo,

Nickie

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