Blazers and trousers may sport generic silhouettes –the ones we’re told to invest in for job interviews rather than for being spotted in hip, fashionable districts for the jet-set fashion society. But this season offers sleek yet relaxed shapes –some with tapered silhouettes while others with boxy shapes with a longline fit –all embellished with plaid. The popular print instantly elevates the classic cuts into new iterations of grunge and casual cool.
Pop pf Plaid
Sweaters need not be plain and shapeless. Forgo the default grey sweatshirt with its striking plaid counterpart. The colored grid lends the perfect mix of classic and contemporary, sophisticated and edgy. Make it pop, by teaming it with your favorite blue jeans. For a nod to a stylish bygone era, tuck it into a pair of white, high waist wide leg pants. The retro bottoms not only highlight the waist, but it elongates the legs while showcasing a stunning play of proportions. For more humid days, pair the cheery top with a denim skirt and always-stylish cowboy boots.
The boxy print is usually reserved for nippy weather –claiming the fall as the time in which the gingham and tartan reign is most popular. But with light, breezy fabrics and laidback, borrowed-from-the-boys silhouettes, the boxy print can be worn anytime of the year. A plaid blazer with matching bottoms are an elevated version of the ultra-comfy pajama trend. Not as stiff and sharp as your usual power suit that could be spotted in a bustling financial district, this plaid set can be worn in many ways, mixed and matched with other basics. Wear a white tee or cheeky graphic top under the blazer, or create a late-summer suit with a skirt.
Power Plaid Bottoms
It’s the fresh take on an off-duty ensemble we’ve been waiting for. One that is as comfy as it is stylish, while bending gender codes. Who can resist loungewear that can be proudly paraded in the streets, worthy of being snapped by fashion photographers? When jeans are traded for lighter, breezier bottoms in the form of plaid trousers, you know you’ve won the comfort and style lottery. Pair the fun bottoms with a white button down top and white patent mules, or dress the outfit down a notch with white sneakers and a denim jacket.