Holy crap, plaid pants are in. Grunge be gone, if you took even a faint whiff of what the fall 2011 runways had cookin’ (Sonia Rykiel, Derek Lam, Tory Burch), you quickly came to realize that there really is no time like the present to pump up the plaid. And when we say pump it up, we damn well mean it: we’re talking trousers here.
On the positive side, if there were ever a rustic, fall-friendly motif that’s easily attained (that’s not sea isle), this is it. The negative? If you don’t execute plaid properly, you will unquestionably end up looking like a lumberjack (or Ted Baxter). Might I suggest we all take a hint from the lovely Malene Birger and combine the bottom with a very simple top and hairstyle + minimal accessories (the long drop pendant is perfect), most of which should be in either a classic (black, white) or calm, muted tone since you’ve got so much goin’ on down below. Top it all off by adding in that essential touch of sophistication by way of a sharp pair of heels.
What’s great about plaid is that it can be pleasing in the preppy, ‘fresh and classic’ sense but in the punky, playful Vivienne Westood sense as well; the key to both is assuring you keep the look elevated. Lee McQueen would be mighty proud.
1. Malene Birger Nagia Pants, $69* (on sale!)
2. Rachel Comey Boyfriend Pant, $322*
3. McQ Tartan Wool-Twill Cropped Pants, $465*
4. Tory Burch Andres Pants, $395
5. Current/Elliott Stiletto Plaid Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans, $190
6. Vivienne Westwood Kung Fu Trousers, $498*
7. Motel Gene Tartan Pant, $91
8. Tripp NYC Plaid Skinny Pants, $132
*Items pictured above