LETS HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Mad for Winter Plaids

Let's Hear it for the Boys

When it is cold outside and the Fashionista/o gets tired of the daily grind, what do they do? They go on vacation, of course! This past MLK weekend, I went up to Searchmont, Canada with the Michigan Snowboard Club for a long weekend of boarding and fun! I found this Fashionisto outside of our hotel, and he is wearing some great vacation style, which would be just as suitable at school as it was outside of it. The piece that caught my eye in this outfit and elevates this look to make it truly fashionable would have to be the plaid scarf.

Plaid likely had its origins in Scotland, where it has always been the print for their traditional kilts — however, it has made a huge resurgence in recent years, and today’s plaids are anything but traditional. You can now find plaid anything — plaid coats, plaid hats, plaid scarves, plaid socks, plaid pants and, of course, the piece that started the whole trend: plaid flannel shirts.

Personally, my favorite way to wear plaid is in accessories, because I think that it adds some interest in to an outfit without being overwhelming to the eye. After all, it takes a very skilled Fashionisto to be able to rock loud plaid pants without looking like the outfit is haphazardly thrown together. But accessories are easy to work in to a Fashionisto’s winter wardrobe! Plaids are a perfect way to break up the slew of monotone pieces that are usually worn in the winter. Like this Fashionisto, my favorite plaid accessory is the scarf.

The best part about plaid is that depending on the print you buy, it can be as classic or as crazy as you want. This Fashionisto is wearing a beautifully classic plaid, as was popularized by Burberry and their famous scarves. Like this Fashionisto, I personally prefer to wear the more classic plaid prints, because I think that they add lots of style to an outfit without having to try too hard. After all, as long as you buy your print in a neutral (think navy, white, brown or black) then you can throw it on with pretty much any piece in your wardrobe. However, at the same time, there is now a huge range of plaids in every conceivable color, and it can be fun to experience those brighter plaids too! Experiment with nontraditional colors, like blue or green, to add some color to your winter wardrobe!

Hint: Plaid is now so mainstream that you can find it pretty much anywhere, for any price. Buy a couple cheaper scarves and have fun experimenting, or invest in a classic one that you will wear forever.

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