Fall 2011 Trend: Plaids

One of the themes that I’ve heard over and over in fashion, interior design and overall lifestyle trends is, “Everything old is new again.”  The mindset of deconstructing and reconstructing also follows the idea of revisiting the past.  Nothing is more old school than plaids.  For Fall 2011, Americana plaids take on a reinvented look — a far cry from the “grunge” era in the 90s, and definitely more modern.

1) Tops

L to R:  True Religion, American Eagle, American Colors Clothing

The vibrant colors (love the turquoise) of the True Religion plaid shirt are not typical of a Western style.  American Eagle’s Favorite Plaid shirt is a tried-and-true basic with a fitted silhouette.  And American Colors’ husband-and-wife design duo, Alex and Shannon Lehr, elevate the basic plaid shirt with the quality of their fabrics (trust me, their shirts have a nice hand – a soft feel) and updated details like the longer length and rolled-up sleeves.

2) Dresses

L to R:  Junya Watanabe, Tommy Hilfiger, Tsumori Chisato

The asymmetrical skirt on the Junya Watanabe dress just ROCKS!  Too bad the cost is equivalent to one semester of pre-school (for ONE of my girls).  The clean, classic Tommy Hilfiger shirt dress, actually has camp style pockets and a cinched waist giving it a hint of military or utilitarian chic.  Tsumori Chisato has a truly inventive design with a cowl neck and metallic gold print on the bottom right.

3) Coats

L to R:  Rachel Zoe Collection, Anthropologie, BB Dakota

No traditional tartan or blackwatch plaids here.  Rachel Zoe’s coat is pure style.  The “Anthro” pea coat is fresh and modern with its brown and charcoal plaid.  And BB Dakota successfully transforms a menswear plaid with an on-trend hooded cape.

On Sunday, while we sat around waiting for “Tropical Storm” Irene to pass, I started to clean out closets, but did not attempt my seasonal clothing reevaluation.  I just thought about it, and decided to wait a few more weeks.  I did, however, realize that the only plaids in my wardrobe exist within my scarves.  Hmmm…

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