Rich in history, today we feature that perennial cool weather favorite, plaid. Click here for more Fall/Winter 2013 Trends!
Dating back many millennia, wool garments warmed the tribes of Northern Europe. Woolens in plaid patterns can trace their history to ancient times as well, most often associated with the Irish and Scottish cultures. From the tartans crafted by haberdashers in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales
, to that unmistakable hallmark of modern luxury, the Burberry
plaid, these time-tested fabrics transcend typical fashion world fluctuations.
Linda Evangelista Covers Rizzoli's Tartan, 2007
That said, this fall does bring additional trending plaid patterns to the table. Flexing their might as mercers, designers showcased artful Herringbones and Glen Plaids, Buffalo Checks and classic red-and-green Tartans. Menswear-inspired looks have also ruled in this arena, until now. For 2013, we’re seeing preppy styles and ladylike dresses as well. Below are a few of our favorite looks from international runways, plus two perfectly priced buy-it-now plaid picks.
Plaid On The Runway
mismatched pairing is right on point.
skirt is reminiscent of a kilt.
Suited for work or play, from Timo Weiland
shows a Scottish seaside-inspired set.
takes the trend from head-to-toe.
We love this structured dress by Strenesse
Shop The Trend
From Mango, a plaid bag
($70) perfect for a weekend getaway.
ASOS mixes midi-length and pleats in a versatile plaid skirt
Additional Research by Natalie Starnes. Book cover image via RizzoliBookstore.com. All runway and product images, credit individual designers and retailers.