mad for plaid

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since the weather today is finally starting to feel a little like fall, i thought it quite apropos to discuss my affections for autumnal dressing -in particular my love affair with all things plaid. my madness for plaidness, if you will. i love it for blouses and trousers and skirts and most definitely on members of the opposite sex (hint, hint). i currently own two plaid shirts (both by j.crew, obvi) that you’re bound to start seeing a heck of a lot more of now that we’re entering into the “-ber” months. but like sequins and horizontal stripes, one can never really own enough plaid. so if you’re like me, you’ll be looking to add a few more patterned pieces to your fall/winter wardrobes. that goes for you, too gentlemen. so i’ve gathered a few of my favorites from around the interwebs.

loving these button-downs in every color and price range:

campfire plaid shirt | forever 21

campfire plaid shirt | forever 21 | $22.80

campfire plaid shirt | forever 21 | $22.80

 plaid shirt (comes in three patterns) | old navy

plaid shirt | old navy | $26.94

plaid shirt | old navy | $26.94

plaid camp shirt (comes in two colors) | gap

plaid camp shirt | gap | $59.95

plaid camp shirt | gap | $59.95

factory classic button-down shirt in flannel (comes in four colors) | j.crew factory

factory classic button-down in flannel | j.crew factory | $64.50

factory classic button-down in flannel | j.crew factory | $64.50

if a plaid pant is more your speed, there are plenty of patterned trousers to choose from this season. any of these options would be a very welcomed addition to my closet:

[i know these aren’t pants but they’re too adorable not to share. with tights and a crisp white button-down? i die.]

hive & honey cozy plaid shorts | piperlime

hive & honey cozy plaid shorts | piperlime | $59.00

hive & honey cozy plaid shorts | piperlime | $59.00

marisa plaid ankle pants | ann taylor loft

marisa plaid ankle pants | ann taylor loft | $79.50

marisa plaid ankle pants | ann taylor loft | $79.50

checked trousers with zips | zara

checked trousers with zips | zara | $79.90

checked trousers with zips | zara | $79.90

tartan cigarette trousers | topshop

tartan cigarette trousers | topshop | $100.00

tartan cigarette trousers | topshop | $100.00

while these pants are cute and all (and also great in cold weather), anyone who knows me knows that i’m more partial to skirts. a few of these may come dangerously closet to resembling kilts and/or private school girls’ uniforms, but i have scottish heritage AND i went to private school, so we’re good:

st. margaret plaid maxi skirt | shopruche

st. margaret plaid maxi skirt | ruche | $36.99

st. margaret plaid maxi skirt | ruche | $36.99

factory pencil skirt in black watch plaid | j.crew factory

factory pencil skirt in black watch plaid | j.crew factory | $62.50

factory pencil skirt in black watch plaid | j.crew factory | $62.50

asos check pencil skirt with bead embellishment | asos

asos check pencil skirt with bead embellishment | asos | $92.82

asos check pencil skirt with bead embellishment | asos | $92.82

free people lady macbeth skirt | free people

free people lady macbeth skirt | free people | $108.00

free people lady macbeth skirt | free people | $108.00

now once you’ve expanded your plaid collection, you might be looking for a little ensemble inspiration (i know i always am). you’re in luck, there are many ladies in the fashion blogosphere that wear plaid and wear it well this time of year. here are a few of my favorite ways to incorporate the pattern into your daily wardrobe:

blair of atlantic-pacific shows us how plaid and tutus as well as plaid and sequins are matches made in heaven (planning on recreating the tutu combo stat):

via atlantic-pacific

via atlantic-pacific

via atlantic-pacific

via atlantic-pacific

liz of sequins & stripes looks adorable in the marisa plaid trousers by loft:

via sequins & stripes

via sequins & stripes

caitlin of style within reach looks casually chic by pairing her plaid button-down with a military vest, denim skinnies, and ankle booties:

via style within reach

via style within reach

and my girl kendi of kendi everyday showcases her plaid by pairing it with some bling and a colored cord:

via kendi everyday

via kendi everyday

so while you may think plaid is only for burly men who chop wood and live in log cabins or for the man skirts they sport in scotland, i’m here to tell you that it’s for you, too. so go forth and plaid!

p.s. i also wrote about plaid fashions last year during my stint as a fashion contributor for Miss A. check out more inspiration here.

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