November 20th, 2013

It’s a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World

© Elle Decor

Plaid is everywhere this fall, and I missed the boat on this one. I did not buy a Celine jacquard check piece, a plaid sweater from either Stella or Saint Laurent (I was eyeing both early in the season), or a tartan anything. I have been struggling to come up with fun, not your run-of-the-mill hostess gifts, when I came across this collage in Elle Decor’s December issue. The plaid-patterned serving plates would be new and unusual, the salad tongs too. Maybe I can get in on the trend this way.


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Double-breasted wool coat


Le high cropped straight-leg jeans


Shamrock black everyday blazer


Andir stretch-ponte skinny pants


Via Della Spiga Printed stretch-cotton dress


Reversible shearling coat


Frayed checked cotton-blend tweed skirt


Shearling sneakers


Tiered ruffled silk crepe de chine mini dress


Buckle kitten-heel leather pumps


Cornelia double-breasted cotton trench coat


Nutson broderie anglaise ramie blouse

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  • I am having a plaid/tartan moment also. I ordered a Blackwatch tartan parka from Cabbages and Roses a quirky brand in London a while ago. It arrived by post yesterday and it was love at first sight… so cool and a different take on a plain parka without being trendy.

    melanieNovember 20th, 2013  6:26 AM

  • I love the traditional tartans, but some of the ones with a lot of white in them remind me of those plastic laundry bags

    BeccaNovember 20th, 2013  7:45 AM

  • A little plaid goes a long way. Just a touch or accent is great – otherwise, it’s too much like a school uniform.

    HeathcliffNovember 20th, 2013  10:53 AM

  • Zara has a beautiful tartan scarf. It is very soft. That’s my plaid item of the season. 🙂

    LuciaNovember 20th, 2013  2:43 PM

  • You should pass on this trend Preston. That is what I love about your style, it’s not about fads. Celine or not, in a year people will be saying “what was I thinking”.

    keriNovember 20th, 2013  2:50 PM

  • The chairs are fantastic!

    That's Not My AgeNovember 20th, 2013  2:54 PM

  • Hi Preston,
    In London the plaids are everywhere. My sense is that this is the transition moment from fall to winter, not a fad. I’m already wearing a wool plaid scarf and will have several more before this season is over. Soft warm cashmere plaid swathed around a cold neck never goes out of style.

    EricaNovember 20th, 2013  3:52 PM

  • I think a touch of plaid is timeless, a roomful is just trendy. One of those chairs in the right spot would be a great statement maker.

    AprilNovember 20th, 2013  5:46 PM

  • I just ordered a plaid shirt from Madewell. Will wear it under sweaters so as not to show too much plaid–just a hint.

    PindaNovember 20th, 2013  7:50 PM

  • Preston
    I do not care for the Celine or Stella McCartney plaids that were shown this season. Happy you agree! I don’t know They were not appealing. I like your simple effortless style. Bringing in plaid in a small way or not at all makes more sense. Here’s to more grey!!!!
    And I hate those shoes!! How is that tasteful???

    PaulaNovember 20th, 2013  9:46 PM

  • by the way, if someone bought me that plaid chanel cuff, I would definitely wear it. Just the right amount!!!!
    (and i did love the YSL plaid shirts this year but QUITE PRICEY for a casual shirt, i think!!!)
    R 13 had some really cute options!!!!

    paulaNovember 21st, 2013  2:31 PM


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