Plaid is a classic cold-weather print, and thanks to Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Chloé, this pattern is covering everything from pants to outerwear this season. But if you're wondering what that means for your own day to today, we've got some answers in this edition of Currently Trending. Fashion Reporter Allison McNamara is taking on the classic pattern and showing you some surprising ways to incorporate plaid into your daily look. Watch on for inspiration, and make sure to pick up some plaid stat!
During this time of year, we find ourselves constantly reaching for our favorite plaid flannels. The trick is how to style them with a fresh set of eyes — that's where we come in. Whether basic, like a flannel paired with our favorite skinny jeans, or expertly styled with a moody print, we've got an outfit that will please any fashion personality. Watch today's episode of Currently Trending for the inspiration. On Allison McNamara: Nieves Lavi top, A.L.C. pants.
Jessica Alba, though always stylish, has really been on a roll with her cool, casual daytime looks. Jessica stepped out over the holiday weekend for a trip to Williams-Sonoma with her little girls — and much like on her recent trip to Target, the actress managed to make running errands look like a walk down the runway. Jessica put a spin on the age-old t-shirt-and-jeans look by swapping her dark denim skinnies for a pair of Current/Elliott plaid-printed jeans and layering her slouchy white tee with a drapey brown leather jacket. She added a pair of lace-up ankle booties and a sleek shoulder bag, proving once again that mundane tasks can always become more exciting when you're wearing a great outfit.
Clockwise, from left: Rick Owens Leather and Wool Jacket ($1,375, originally $3,430), Alexander Wang Classic Jersey T-Shirt ($80), Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Leather Camera Bag ($298), Wolverine by Samantha Pleet Blixen Boot ($325), Current/Elliott Plaid Ankle Skinny Jeans ($146, originally $208)
"Laid-back" may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of plaid — after all, the checkered print has deep roots among private-school prepsters, stuffy equestrians, and lumberjacks — but this season, designers like Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Tory Burch are working hard to shed the stodgy stigma by offering sleek and sophisticated plaid pieces that flawlessly mix city girl and country mouse. As usual, we're looking to the stars to glean some modern inspiration on a perennial favorite — so click through to see how style setters like Coco Rocha, Rashida Jones, and even the Duchess of Cambridge put a fresh, cool spin on a certified schoolgirl classic.
The rich plaid looks from Ralph Lauren's Fall 2008 collection have been stuck in my head — does anything say glamour, coziness, and hunting-lodge chic like this? They're looks that would be just as relevant now — I mean, look at how cool the structured jackets are with their oversize collars, especially as we go into the holidays. This collection is an oldie, but such a goodie, so I went on the, ahem, hunt, for some pieces that could work now. Keep reading to see what I found and how you should wear it now.
Plaid's been a perennial closet staple since our days in school uniform, thankfully it's come a long way since then. With Michael Kors setting the tone for the print's latest incarnation — cool, bold buffalo plaids with a classic, albeit contemporary Americana feel, we're feeling newly inspired to embrace the traditional pattern with a luxe, perfectly seasonal feel. Rather than pleats or punky-feeling buckles with our plaid, we're looking to cozy fabrics and sleeker silhouettes, like a lean pencil skirt or a pair of skinny-fit trousers. We especially love how plaid looks juxtaposed against buttery leather. As far as channeling that quintessential autumnal feel, you can't go wrong with any of these cool-girl plaid staples. Just click on to shop the 16 we're loving right now.
Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, debuted last Friday, June 29. Michelle's character Margot is a happily married woman who falls in love with the artist who lives across the street. But scandal aside, Margot dresses supercute in retro dresses, preppy plaids, and denim cutoffs — in short, she portrays the perfect casual-cool Summer style. Check out Michelle's wardrobe in the movie, then shop similar pieces for yourself.
Jessica Biel, Jaime King, Jessica Alba, and Katharine McPhee were all on the same fashion wavelength when they wore preppy pieces while out and about in NYC. What made each of their outfits standout is that they all paired their prep with pieces that made them cool. Jessica Biel wore her plaid golfer hat with a crochet tee, Jaime sported loafers that were edgily studded, Katharine rocked white loafers with a Louis Vuitton scarf, and Jessica Alba showed off green pants with a denim jacket. Step inside for a closer look at these four ladies and to re-create their preppy-chic outfits for yourself.
Plaid prints may bring thoughts of tennis outings, yacht parties, or crab feeds, but these nine celebs proved there are many ways, both edgy and chic, to work the classic print. From casual coffee runs to red-carpet events, Hollywood's hottest have showcased this versatile pattern in a number of different ways. Whether you layer your plaid button-down over denim like Brooklyn Decker, rough up a plaid frock like Emma Watson, or suit up in a plaid-on-plaid number like Alexa Chung, we are sure there is the perfect plaid piece just for you. Step inside to see how these A-listers added their personality to the classic print, then shop our picks to incorporate a little, or a lot of, plaid into your wardrobe.
Leave it to Sarah Jessica Parker to pair a hot-pink cardigan with a preppy plaid skirt. The actress was spotted leaving her NYC apartment in an outfit that's sassy up top and preppy chic on bottom. Her Comme des Garçons skirt would be too demure on its own, but paired with a bright cardigan, it's instantly revitalized. A red crossbody bag added even more pizazz while simultaneously feeding into the red-and-pink color trend. If you admire SJP's eclectic look as much as we do, get her exact skirt, as well as some similar pieces, below. Or, next time you're reaching for a plaid piece in your closet, think to give it a major pop via a bright accent. Try a plaid dress with a bold bag, or a plaid blazer with neon flats.