I have checked it out. Plaid I mean.
Yes, I like it but like all good things a little bit can go a long way.
Unlike the gorgeous Chanel models I can’t see me wearing plaid from head to toe, unless I audition for a part in Outlander and this late in the game Catriona Balfe need not fear.
Checks can be super smart, incredibly cosy and surprisingly easy to wear; it can also look downright ageing. Tweed à la Chanel can be stunning; other tweeds can add 20 years without even trying.
Plaid needs clever curating and accessorising. Like leopard print I’m best with a one-hit piece and a piece to make a subtle statement. Novice wearers might even prefer to work up, trying a scarf or socks for starters.
Me, my favourites are plaid trousers. I found some last year in my old school tartan (yes I know, what was that all about) and I accessorised them with all black. They were a well worn and successful add on to my essentials. This year I will venture further and look at plaid jackets – a casual style I can wear every day. I am not brave enough to do a “double check” unless the fabric is a very quiet Prince of Wales or a herringbone plaid.
These weaves, a little like floral are an acquired taste.
As I don’t wear huge patterns, I don’t gravitate towards bold tartans. A scarf for colour can work but in a pant, jacket or coat I prefer the quieter tones and checks. Bold plaids in trousers can be unsightly from the back when the print has a large repeat.
Not too many derrieres need increasing, rather the latter ;)
Wear one piece at a time.
Bolder checks are better in jackets and coats; trousers, stick with a small plaid.
Avoid voluminous styles.
Accessorise with neutrals.
And wear it.
There is something very happy and joyous about a good plaid. Try it, you will see. xv
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images, chanel pre-fall 2013