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Unzipped: How to.. Plaid like a Pro

06.01.16

I love plaid.. always have and always will. From school girl prep to grungy vintage, I’m a tartan fiend. And yes, you can totally wear it year round. One of the things I love most about the latest resurgence of plaid is that designers aren’t afraid to push past the traditional wools and flannels to play with new fabrications, and it’s making for a very exciting Spring and Summer.

Far from the Clueless-inspired 90s micro minis, Marissa Webb pulled from personal sources of inspiration to create an assortment of silk plaid sets and ultra feminine, lace-tiered dresses with black and white plaid underlays. This juxtaposition of utilitarian print meets Victorian silhouette is every punk princess’ dream. Meanwhile, the Queen Victoria of British fashion herself, Victoria Beckham opened her SS16 show with a fresh take on plaids using dark blue, green and red prints as an overlay for free flowing white crepe pieces. The effortlessness of her styles speak to the modern sophistication of not only the brand, but also of plaid itself.. Wimbledon anyone?

Incorporating prints, especially plaids, into your wardrobe is a lot easier than it looks. There are so many color combinations that it’s nearly impossible not to find one that works well with your preferred palette. Keeping it simple with the Chloé wide-leg pants, these are not only super comfy but the thin, navy plaid print creates a neutral base for any number of solid tops. I’ve also become a fan of styles from Rails, a California based brand with a dedication to plaid with a vintage flair. This one-stop-shop approach provides shoppers with traditional button downs as well as worn-in separates, all of which have the same no-fuss, West Coast aesthetic. One of their sleeveless tunics paired with short shorts and lace-up espadrilles will definitely be in heavy rotation this Summer.

Personally, plaid has always been a wardrobe mainstay, starting as early as I can remember (thanks to my très cool parents) with Ralph Lauren tartan dresses. Florals have never really been my thing, but I love color, and this print became an easy alternative for cold and warm weather staples. So as I finish my ode to plaid, shamelessly sporting my favorite red button down around my waist, I encourage you to hop on the tartan train too.

 

Brands we love: Stella McCartney Checked Knitted Cotton Maxi Dress, Marc Jacobs “J. Marc Kafia Scarf”, 3.1 Phillip Lim Checked Tweed Top, Chloé Checked Crepe Wide-leg Pants, Tibi Plaid Off-The-Shoulder Tunic, Lisa Marie Fernandez “Genevieve” Plaid Seersucker Bikini, Akris “Glen Plaid & Fringed Satin Jacquard Coat”, Rails “Jordyn” Tunic, Rails “Charli” Long-Sleeve Buttondown, Clare V Plaid Fold-Over Woven Canvas Clutch, Miu Miu Lace-Up Ballet Flats

By Ariel Serano

 

Tags: 3.1 Phillip Lim / Chloe / Clare V / Lisa Marie Hernandez / Marc Jacobs / Marissa Webb / Miu Miu / Plaid / Rails / Ralph Lauren / Shopping / Stella McCartney / Tibi / Victoria Beckham

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