STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Plaid Fad

One of the hot trends for fall: plaid. Not just for lumberjacks and slackers, plaid is a great fall go-to. Plaid is usually linked with Scotland, as it is the primary pattern used for Scottish kilts. But what some do not know is that plaid can be traced all the way back to the Victorian eras. Plaid, or “tartan” which is the material it is generally associated with, was featured during this era in fashion magazines. During this time, plaid was not just limited to men’s fashion, but became a staple in women’s fashion, as well.

For the fall 2011 season, plaid has been spotted all over the runways. The ADAM Fall 2011 ready-to-wear show featured plaid in a variety of styles and colors. Blue plaid high-waisted pants, gray plaid knee-length skirts, and full body plaid jumpsuits are just some of the few pieces featured on the ADAM runway. Thom Browne also filled his runway with loads of plaid in his Fall 2011 ready-to-wear show. Both designers presented their plaid pieces in the style of “granny plaids.” Their longer skirts and coats in this crisscross fabric resemble something your grandmother would wear. But, paired with other chic items and up-to-date pieces, these “granny plaids” are taken from old and boring to modern and trendy.

In order to translate these made for runway ensembles to be able to wear in your everyday life, stick to plaid in just one area of your outfit. Whether it be a flannel button-up or knee high socks paired with boots, you want to make sure the plaid does not overpower you. This Fashionista does a great job of flaunting this fall trend. Her red and black Forever 21 flannel shirt looks super comfy paired with black Nordstrom’s Hue leggings. She makes her casual outfit stylish by adding gold accessories. Her Forever 21 feather necklace enhances the hipster vibe of the outfit, while her Forever 21 gold bangles adds some bling and glamour to her outfit. This outfit would also be the perfect choice for a lazy Sunday, sans accessories. This Fashionista finishes off her outfit with chocolate brown boots from Charlotte Russe.

For some other trendy ways to wear plaid, look for items such as scarves or coats lined in this multi-colored fabric. American Eagle has awesome plaid items, such as their AE Faux Fur Vest that has a comfy plaid inside of red and blue!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Plaid Fad

Every season, we always see new prints introduced to us that becomes fads. Of course, in the spring, a popular one would be florals–in honor or the flowers that bloom during this time of year. One fad that I have seen stay strong for many many years is plaid! The print can be very casual, or can be very sophsticated depending on which garment they use it on. Here, this Fashionista is sporting a vintage a-line skirt she purchased at American Apparel. Since the weather in Chicago has been bi-polar and is on and off with warm to freezing weather, she has definitely captured an adorable look with the red-green-black theme.

When we think of plaid, we think of those Scottish kilts worn by royalty and pipe players. Zoom forward a bit, and we start to think of the old school uniforms where plaid was worn in almost every private school around the country. Then looking at it now, we see plaid os scarves, tops, dresses, and on skirts in all lengths. Not to mention, plaid has been introduced into many new colors ove the past years. With the tradiontal red, green, black, and blue colors that were used, we now see yelow, purrple, green, and many more! This Columbia Fashionista new exactly what to pair with her sophisticated skirt: a red knit sweater to still keep it classe, bows in red and black as seen on her headband and belt, tights, socks, and black shoes. Overall, she perfectly captured the classy vintage look.

If you look in my closet, I still have kept all the plaid I have gotten the in the past years. My favorite garment is a purple and black plaid top I purchased at Forever 21 two years ago, and still wear it! It's a style that you can wear with a pair of your favorite jeans, or to be daring, a pair of your favorite lenggings. The length is just right to be work in both ways, depending if you are up to the challenge. 

So my advice is to go out there and find a plaid garment that you can wear either casually, or in a nice sophisticated way. 

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