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By definition, we typically think that plaid is either something for school girls, punks from the 80’s, and 90’s rocker-chic. However, like so many trends from that era, the plaid and tartan patterns are getting a whole new lease on life amongst the Fall 2013 fashion must haves. This Fall, the plaid pattern is all grown up, stylish, and has definitely developed a bit of an attitude, especially when paired with leather and fur. It’s also having a big moment in the celeb world as well.
Now, if the idea of wearing plaid has you conjuring up images of a catholic school girl (circa that “Baby One More Time” music video by Britney Spears?), then sit tight because we’re going to show you how to rock this fab Fall trend the right way with (5) really great pieces. Trust me, you will definitely not look like a teeny bopper if you dress your pencil plaid skirt up with a classy black blazer and heels for the office. Maybe you’re planning a girls day out? Then try pairing this cute skirt with a warm knitted sweater, laced up heeled boots, and a boyfriend coat like this:
Now, I’m always hearing that a plaid shirt paired with skinny jeans can’t possibly be chic. The “classy” women prefer to leave this plain combination for the tomboys. However, you may want to try pairing this simple combination with a faux fur vest, which can instantly lend an air of sophistication to any outfit. Then allow your accessories to speak for you: sassy wedges, a gold watch, and an oversized studded tote will instantly jazz up your look:
Now, if you’re a little on the conservative side, mixing prints can be challenging and scary…but who said that checks and stripes can’t go with each other? To get the most out of your wardrobe while avoiding fashion don’ts, try to remember this golden rule: “When two different patterns are worn together, the other pieces in your outfit must remain neutral.” For example, I decided to combine these fabulous plaid Mango pumps with a simple striped J. Crew long-sleeved top. To balance this look I added a nude trench coat, black wide-brimmed hat and a small brown shoulder bag:
Although printed outwear may seem pretty complicated to style, this is a look that you should try to embrace. A statement coat is perfect for any outdoor event —plus you’ll never have to actually remove your fabulous coat! In fact, this signature Scottish tartan pattern works on all types of outwear—a stylish blazer or a long and oversized wool coat…and it gives a collegiate and classic twist to any outfit..such as this one:
One of my favorite pieces this season, is this indigo and red check shift dress. You seriously can’t go wrong with a shift dress. It is an absolute multifunctional must have! I love it because you can create so many different looks by simply changing your accessories. It can be worn not only for the office, but also for a night out with your girls, or on an after work date. For instance, I pulled this shift dress together with this colorful coat, black leather brogue shoes, super cute faux fur pom beanie, and a small shoulder bag and viola! – I got a perfectly comfortable and casual outfit for a chilly Fall weekend:
Seeing how the plaid trend has taken over the runways and streets this Fall, it certainly makes sense for every sophisticated Nautie girl to find a place for at least one tartan item in her wardrobe this season. I always say that fashion is all about expressing your personal style and breaking all of the stereotypes, and this Fall/Winter fashion season is probably the best time for it.
What do you think about this plaid / tartan trend? Is it Nautie or not?