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.


What's New


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • 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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