On Trend: Classic Plaid

I know that plaid doesn’t really ever go away, but this Fall it’s absolutely EVERYWHERE – from trousers, to blazers, to skirts, to wool coats. For the sake of this blog, I’m going to focus on the more traditional English/Scottish plaid as opposed to “lumberjack” plaid (think oversized button-up flannel shirts).

Unlike gingham, which was all the rage this Summer, plaid is a complex pattern of small and large checks that comes in a variety of designs. The Scottish Registry of Tartans (yes that’s a thing) has thousands of patterns of plaid on file.

One of the most recognizable is glen check or glen plaid, named for the Glenurguhart Valley in Scotland. Glen check is identifiable by the houndstooth block in the centre (where the lines intersect) and lines that are slightly wavy.

While classic plaid traditionally says “office wear”, don’t be afraid to take it out for a spin on your days off. Pair plaid pants with an oversized sweater and oxfords for a trip to the market, a plaid blazer with jeans and a tshirt for brunch with the girls, or a plaid dress with ankle boots and leather jacket for a hot date night.

No matter which pattern or piece you choose, pick plaid this Fall!

Here are some of my favourite plaid pieces, all available at Coquitlam Centre.

Paperbag-Waist Pants

Combine two of this Fall's biggest trends - glen check and paperbag-waist with these slim-leg pants. Pair with lace-up oxfords and a blouse (tucked in of course).

Available at Le Chateau $89.95*

Pencil Skirt

You can never go wrong with a good knee-length pencil skirt. Pair with an oversized turtleneck sweater and boots or a tshirt and a leather jacket for a more casual look.

Available at H&M $39.99*

Double-Breasted Blazer

A 90's menswear-inspired straight-cut jacket that's perfect for both the office and for a day out-and-about. Wear over a fitted dress or with high-waisted fitted pants.

Available at H&M $59.99*

Wide-Legged Pants

A classic, voluminous silhouette cut from a yard-dyed plaid. Pair with a silk blouse and the matching jacket for the office or with a fitted turtleneck and ankle boots for a 70s vibe.

Babaton Rosemarie Pant available at Aritzia $168*

Stretch Leggings

These stretch leggings flatter all silhouettes. Pair with an oversized sweater and lace-up flatforms for a modern, yet comfortable outfit.

Camber & Grace Modern Stretch Leggings available RW&CO. $59.90*

What's your favourite plaid piece?