Editor trend report

by Daina Reed

I think the moment I knew for sure the checked/plaid/flannel/tomboy shirt was going to be huge was when Madewell released their lookbook ‘Wildly Simple’ featuring Caroline De Maigret, a French music producer/model. Yeah, I already want to be her.
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Flash forward and all I see on the streets is a sea of plaid, even on the waitstaff as I enter this very cafe to write this post. So I wonder: is everyone including myself just following what’s cool? The answer I think, is that this shirt has ALWAYS been classic, and everyone’s been wearing them for years. This is the universal shirt that unites all identities: Scottish, Americana, small towns, blue collar, punk, grunge, hipster, young or old- these shirts represent a symbolic meaning we can relate to and pay homage to worn by everyone from wageworkers to celebrities.

Street style bloggers showing off their plaid

The origins of Plaid

Whether stylish or not, plaid flannel shirts have a history of culture, rebellion and war. The first flannel is accredited to Hamilton Carhartt, a businessman who produced functional clothing for railway engineers. Even more interesting- the plaid fabric was banned for 37 years as it was a symbol of Scottish rebels of the 17th century (source: Vancouver Observer)

These days we can get our plaid not just in flannel but in sheer, silk, cotton blends and more, to achieve any style from casual to professional to dressed up!

How to wear it:

Dress it up

In feminine colors with a leather look pleated skirt

In feminine colors with a leather look pleated skirt

With a 'Carrie' tutu skirt

With a ‘Carrie’ tutu skirt

With a full 50's leather look skirt

With a full 50’s leather look skirt

Wear it to work

A tailored fitted top and pencil skirt

A tailored fitted top and pencil skirt

Under a Chanel style Jacket

Under a Chanel style Jacket

under a blazer

under a blazer

Layer it under

Under a chunky sweater

Under a chunky sweater

Under a sweater

Under a sweater

Under a furry vest

Under a furry vest

Dress it down

over a graphic tee (extra points for rock band tees)

over a graphic tee (extra points for rock band tees)

With sneakers, a baggy camouflage coat and backpack

With sneakers, a baggy camouflage coat and backpack

Tied around the waist plus a beanie hat

Tied around the waist plus a beanie hat

Street Style

with all black and leather

with all black and leather

with a statement necklace

with a statement necklace

with black leather like skinny jeans and camouflage jacket

with black leather like skinny jeans and camouflage jacket

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