Word is on the street that plaid is a fall runway trend that is going mainstream. Having lived through the grunge era, and partaken of the faux-homeless look courtesy of Marc Jacobs and Kurt Cobain circa 1993, I'm not about to go back down that road. Thankfully, this time around, plaid has taken a ladylike turn. These days, I'm mad for ladylike plaid. Here's a sample of the prim plaid we can expect for fall.
This Cropped Plaid Jacket by Gap (left) has a slightly boxy fit that reminds me more of Jackie O. in her Camelot days than the wannabe grunge gods I went to high school with. I see it with a black pencil skirt for a retro-cool look, or slim jeans and layered sweaters for a more modern silhouette.
For just a touch of plaid sweetness, try on one of these Plaid Headbands (right). They are a fun and funky way to get out of flat ironing your bangs in the morning. I'd slip on a headband and pull the rest of my hair into a messy topknot for a look that's prim, with an attitude.
Want to go glam plaid? Head over to the master himself, Marc Jacobs, for a Sherlock Holmes-y Brushed Plaid Jacket (left). This amazing confection has the designer details that will set it apart from the pack of followers. The cape collar and blue plaid pattern have the fall trends down pat. A tie waist accents the figure and the slightly gathered 3/4 sleeves add a stylish touch. This is an investment piece that works plaid in all the right ways.
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