STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Check Mate

Style Advice of the Week

Checkered plaid is huge trend this fall. Fashionistas everywhere have been pulling off the traditional look with tartan wool coats and skirts, while the few bold and daring explore plaid gowns and eveningwear. The plaid pattern has a long history of sophistication, but too much plaid can go wrong in so many ways. If the color of a plaid flannel is off then you’ll look like a lumberjack, and too much plaid will make you look like a Scottish bagpiper.

I have two key words on how to pull off the plaid look this season – moderation and femininity. This Fashionista demonstrates just that. Her casual checkered plaid button-down has a simple pattern and is loosely tucked into a flowy skirt, which creates a well-balanced look. I also love how her traditional Sperry Top-Siders add a bit of east coast preppy to her outfit. This season explore plaid in different materials like a silk or chiffon, and pay close attention to detailing like a ruffled collar that add a modern twist to the plaid look. Tucking in a plaid top as this Fashionista has shown creates a cleaner, more put together look, which designers have been going for this season. For bigger pieces like a winter coat, stray away from the busier patterns and look for larger checks. Also, don’t forget about detailed plaid accents and accessories – handbags, headbands, and scarves! A little peep of plaid from the underlining of a simple winter coat can go a long way.

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