For many people fall and winter is all about being cozy and warm. But, to me it also evokes certain patterns that just “feel” more seasonal. Take the traditional red plaid pattern, for example. According to Wikipedia, “Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal-and-vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they’re made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns.”
As I dug through my archives to find photos of interest for you—our fantastic readers; I came across a photo shoot I did with a young model featuring a tartan plaid-patterned jacket. When we did this shoot a few years back, we were trying to evoke some of the designers who heavily featured plaid in their work, such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.
While this pattern is a strong one, and not meant for those who want to blend in, I realized that there are some items which would make it easy to incorporate it into your wardrobe this fall and winter. A great plaid scarf, for instance, is a great way to experiment with pattern.
Here’s what I found in my own collection of items at home:
- A wonderful wool blazer by Liz Claiborne, NY that would be awesome with jeans and a t-shirt.
- A gray wool coat featuring just a hint of the pattern at the collar and the placket.
- A men’s Woodland hunting shirt with appliqué where the butt of the gun should rest.
- A vintage tote bag with gold details.
These items are both bold and classic at the same time! Why not go a little “mad for plaid” at Goodwill this season?