24 Oct 2017

Check It Out: Playing With Plaid

Check It Out: Playing with Plaid on vickiarcher.com

I have checked it out. Plaid I mean.
I have a few thoughts on the plaids and the tartans, as like the shearling and faux furs there is much plaid playing out this season.

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.

Check It Out: Playing with Plaid on vickiarcher.com

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 ;)

Check It Out: Playing with Plaid on vickiarcher.com

Plaid Pointers

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

Check These Out: Plaids To Play With

bottoms up

**kut from the cloth  ||  **marc jacobs  || isabelle marant  ||  **theory  ||  msgm  ||  piazza sempione  || alexander mcqueen

wrap up

eileen fisher coat  ||  **vince car coat  ||  **topshop coat  ||  **topshop pow trench  ||  lewit blazer  ||  **j.crew blazer  ||  balenciaga poncho

images, chanel pre-fall 2013

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Please explain ‘a double check’? I’m happy plaid is big this year. It has such a cozy vibe. Now… mixing plaid with plaid, or check, or harlequin – no!

Charis Fitchett

I live in Northern California where alot of our city was distroyed my a fire last week. We had little time to pack and evacuate. Interesting how in only a few short minutes you grab the things that matter. One favorite leather jacket and a couple pairs of pants which I wore for 7 days. We were lucky our house made it!!! My husband and I would wake up as we were hotel hopping and jokeingly asked each other, ” hum, what are you going to wear today?” You are right, wearing something you like and feel comfortable in makes a difference in how you feel.


I am so happy to hear you are ok, Charis and equally devastated with what has happened in your area. We were there early last year and absolutely adored the region.
Look after you.. and that favourite jacket. Sending much love to you and your neighbours. xv


Plaid, Buffalo Check, Herringbone, tweed….these just scream FALL! Love them, like you not too big, not too bold, not too many but just perfect for adding the cosy to the wardrobe and house too! Nothing like a plaid throw to entice one to sit and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and pick up that book.


I really really really love the center outfit up top, sans that patterned hosiery. It says so much, but in a subtle way, and I AM TALL, so it would work for me. And, yes, no one needs a bigger backside (my Italian heritage has caused me much suffering over this).
Beautiful, informative post, Vicki.


Generally these days I mostly leave the tartan to my husband. He has a kilt in the dress tartan for his clan, sporran etc. He wore it when bridegroom at our wedding many years ago and our son wore it for his wedding. They each looked spectacular with the full regalia (most of the male guests at our son’s wedding, including the little page boy, wore kilts and there were highland pipers.
I have a tam and a scarf in the clan tartan. But have in the past worn a woman’s fashion kilt in a compatible clan tartan – but not our own. It had quite a bit of maroon so I wore a sharply tailored maroon jacket with a large silver thistle brooch in the lapel (bought at Inverary Castle many years ago), a white shirt with strings of pearls and had a shawl in the same tartan. At the time, tartans were IN so it looked quite trendy rather than old lady.
Loved your picture on the right with the green leather jacket and all the Chanel jewellery. Best wishes, Pamela


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