How To Wear The Plaid Trend

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by Juan E. Romero 

Designers Go Mad For The Plaid Trend

Plaids have been popular for centuries and a perennial favorite for Fall. Today, consumers can wear plaids in just about every category available. This season the plaid trend was clearly on display in the ready-to-wear collections of designers such as Moschino, Versace, Junya Watanabe, Celine and Tommy Hilfiger.

The Plaid Trend For Women

In womenswear there seems to be no limit as to the variety of plaid patterns and styles that are available this season. From oversized checks to houndstooth and tartans, designers embraced every plaid variation this year. Especially strong were the plaids shown in outerwear with an assortment of patterns to choose from.

Aquilano Rimondi Plaid Top and Pants

Aquilano Rimondi Plaid Top and Pants

There have also been a plethora of printed plaid patterns, many mixed with other print motifs such as geometrics and florals. I especially like the plaid mix trend where different plaids are combined to make a fresh new look. There was also a Punk revival with many designers such as Vivienne Westwood updating signature patterns in bold new ways. 

The Plaid Trend For Men

For men the traditional patterns are still going strong in men's suitings and outerwear. What's new is the emergence of bolder patterns and color combinations in trousers. Plaid shirts remain a key category for men of all ages and can be worn for business or for a more casual look. Plaid flannels are an important layering piece and provide a shot of color and pattern into every man's wardrobe.

Peter Millar Everton Washed Plaid Pants

Peter Millar Everton Washed Plaid Pants

For more insight on how to style and wear plaids for your wardrobe, check out my Pinterest board, Mad For Plaid!. There you can see how the plaid trend is being worn on the street and shown on the runways this season.

Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

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