Fall Fashion Trend: Checks and Balances
Go ahead and get rad with your plaid.
Trend 5: Plaid And Tartan Go From Cozy To Kick-Ass
This fall/winter is not the first time tartan has rebelled: In the same way it was for centuries the symbol of ruling elites in Scotland until liberated and subverted by the 1970s punks, fashion has long held tartan, and its plaid cousins, captive in the ‘cozy’ category. But now it is back, kicking and fighting in streamlined, urbane refinement. The quieter Prince Of Wales (or Glen) check, another symbol of British heritage, has never really gone out of style; this season, it's made its presence as widely known as one of its most famous other fans—James Bond.
How to wear them: While all checked wools feel perfectly on-point for an upstate fireside weekend—and should be embraced for that—they do feel like a welcome change for city life. Look for sharp unusual modern tailoring, and break them up by juxtaposing with whatever feels its polar opposite to you: think tough inky leather, primary colors or athletic fabrics, or generally whatever feels least cozy and most empowering.