With Thanksgiving now behind us, we are officially ready to usher in the Christmas season. For me, that means the return of all things gingerbread and cinnamon-related, the arrival of Christmas music on every radio station in town and, of course, the reappearance of seasonal plaid prints in every retail store across the nation.
Ever since Sarah Jessica Parker donned that gorgeous and unexpected Alexander McQueen plaid and tulle design at the 2006 Met Gala, plaid has earned a reputation beyond its habitual association with Scottish kilts and lumberjack uniforms. And this time of year, there is hardly a shortage of the checked tartan fabric as the holidays seem to have adopted plaid as their unofficial signature pattern
So this season, get mad for plaid.
To get your own version of SJP’s show-stopper gown, opt for one of the following. Pair these dresses with leggings or chunky socks and either a riding or combat boot for a cute day look or take them a bit fancier for evening with the addition of sheer black tights and a classic black pump.
If separates are more your speed, incorporate the seasonal fabric into your wardrobe with the addition of a skirt, pant, or blouse like any of the following. Choose to offset the busyness of this print with a solid, such as black, grey, or cream, or a classic dark denim jean.
Feel flirty in a plaid skirt:
Punch up your office wear with a pair of plaid pants:
Or pursue plaid with a perfectly tailored button-down:
Spice up your outerwear by opting for a plaid pattern when covering up in chillier weather. I love the bright colors in this Smythe piece with leather elbow patches and shoulder detail.
I also love the adorable cut and design of this Blutsgeschwister coat from Mod Cloth.
And this muted color plaid print wool trench from Free People offers the perfect combination of chic, comfort and practicality as it not only comes fully lined but also with a hood!
This grey, white and black tartan-printed vest from Madewell would be perfect over a simple black cashmere sweater or grey cable turtleneck
And this fur-lined puffer version from Quicksilver would be sure to keep you warm on your next ski trip paired with a cozy cream or red henley and a pair of your comfiest sweats.
Don’t forget to pimp out your accessories in plaid. With the pattern adorning everything from iPhone cases and loafers to clutches and scarves, there’s a plaid piece for everyone this Holiday season.
So with a cup of hot cocoa in hand, parade your plaid with pride this holiday season as you incorporate the seasonal pattern into your cold-weather wardrobe.