Just as gingham is a quintessential summer pattern, plaid is all about fall. Historically plaid has been a checkered or tartan twilled cloth, typically made of wool. The Scottish word “plaide” dates from the 16th century. Think kilts (Outlander!), scarves and windblown moors. And yes, school uniforms! Maybe that’s why I loved this classic pattern even as a high schooler? This fall, plaid is making a serious style statement in unexpected color combinations and silhouettes. And I for one couldn’t be happier.
It may be May, but temps here in JC are still on the chilly side. That’s when a jean jacket becomes my day-into-night go-to. This one is by a Earl, a now defunct brand, and is at least 10 years old. I loved it the first day I wore it, and I love it even more all these years later. The fitted cut and dark wash create a more sophisticated, less slouchy silhouette. To keep it fresh, I like to add pins and buttons collected on trips and vintage trawls. Museum shops are great sources, too.