15 Dec 2020

Thoughts On Plaid?

Thoughts On Plaid on vickiarcher.com

What do you think of plaid?

Sometimes I call it tartan and I am not really sure what the difference is. Either way, I like it. 

I am partial to a plaid pair of pants – I recall so fondly my first pair of black and white plaid or houndstooth as it was called. Is houndstooth considered plaid? Anyway, I absolutely adored them with their side fastening and tapered in legs. I wore them with a black polo neck and pointy flats if I remember correctly and I thought I looked pretty sharp. They have stood the test of time because some 30+ years later I would wear the same.

As it is the year of living casually I believe it’s high time I introduce some plaid pants into my newly de-formalised wardrobe. The plaid coats are also up there for me but they aren’t getting much of a workout right now.

Why can’t we wear our plaid pants with our everyday hoodie? Our turtleneck? Our Fairisle or our cable knit? No reason not to.

Add the sneakers or boots if an outing is on the agenda and throw a coat over the top. One of those faux shearling teddy styles like this could look fab or this puffa we all loved?

I’ve been searching out the plaid and I suspect I’m not the only one to think it is a good idea.

Whether you wear a wide-leg best or prefer narrow leg there are plenty of plaids to choose from. I steer towards an ankle-length pant with a narrower leg because I can wear my oversized sweaters and chunkier boots.

Feel like an escape from Christmas planning? I know I do.

I feel like I go around and around in circles with little momentum; I’m taking a break and here is where I’m headed. xv

Full Steam Ahead On Plaid

**grey ankle   ||  midnight fantasy  ||  **venezia plaid  ||  glen plaid ||  4 plaid crop  ||  grey check  ||  ** black & white  ||  windowpane

duncan tartan  ||  red balmain on sale  ||  see by chloe  ||  gucci prince of wales  ||  l’agence cropped tweed

wear with

stand faux fur teddy  ||  reformation faux fur shearling  || chloe faux fur trim puffer

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*These bubbles are the original and the best. When we first moved to London back in 2000 I would soak in this scent every night I could.

It’s truly heavenly and nothing has changed.

Extravagant? Yes! But I’m mad about it. This dress would look amazing all day and every day.

For the woman who has everything? I doubt she has too many.

**Hint to my family. This book for Christmas, please?

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Linda Read

Thank you Vicki for being part of all those wonderful people who through their blogs, instagram photos, etc. etc. have
contributed to keeping us smiling and entertained throughout the past 10 months – your photos, blogs and messages are generous, warm, kind and inspiring. Happy Holidays.


Thank you so much, Linda, and how very kind of you to say. It cheers me greatly… some days we all need a pick-me-up with the months we have had … and you have cheered mine enormously. :)


Yes, thank you Vicky for the blogs throughout this very strange year. Your beautiful photos of London have been a delight to see, and your thoughtful and cheerful posts have been a pleasure to read. Kind regards


Reading your words through this last very difficult year has been a little window on the world I have felt so removed from. Today your mention of Jo Malone’s Lime Basil & Mandarin brought a tear to my eye! I read all about this new store in London years ago and my beautiful daughter queued up, with the glorious smells wafting out down the street, and sent me the little glass bottle of the bath oil! I treasured it and continued to order it to ship to NZ. Then it came from Sydney and now we can purchase the full range here at last. I always remember that first smell and especially now as that darling daughter and two granddaughters have been apart from us for nearly a year!! We are counting down for a trans Tasman bubble soon!

Judy Morgan

Feeling for all you folk over there. Uncertainty can be debilitating, but surrounding yourself with positive people and the love of family brings joy back on the agenda. Trusting measures in place will start to see new light. As for plaid attire here in Oz at present…..plaid swimming attire would be desirable. Enjoy a cosy Christmas indoors Vicki.


I LOVE plaid! I enjoyed it as a child when my mother would sew me a new plaid jumper (in the states, that is a dress with a pinafore type bodice) for school. As a young adult, I remember having a gorgeous plaid skirt that I’d wear with cashmere sweaters. Now you have me thinking again about some styles I’ve not worn in years! I must look into this now!


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