Bringing Home Fashion Inspiration From #NYFW2016 And Liking A Big Plaid


Often we who live lower-case suburban lives wonder what on earth upper-case Fashion has to do with us. We don’t see ourselves easily in the Big Trends – shirts without shoulders, coats covered in jewels, heels that tilt so far forward we need a strong headwind as scaffold.

So how to incorporate just enough of something new in our wardrobes that we can feel current? Not trendy, not cutting-edge, just of this era?

We pick and choose. This year, I’m considering the Big Plaid. I do not know why it looked so interesting, perhaps in contrast to the stripes and florals prevalent in recent years? In any case, I could imagine that I might find myself something along these lines.

If you’re looking to give this a shot in a less spendy manner, H&M to the rescue. Alternatively, Neiman Marcus is having a double gift card event, which makes that Current/Elliot shirtdress (which I myself would call a long top thank you very much), available for a good deal less.

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16 Comments

  • I love plaid. Already have 2 plaid blazers from years back. Guess I’m just so trendy!!!! LOL.

    09/20/16
    2:41 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Laura Lewis, We who have a style we like to stick to enjoy those years when we are on trend and turn our heads the other way the years when we are not!

  • I must pull out my Burbery jacket and plaid scarf…I saw quite a few plaid tops at the shops this week. Still love the striped tops by Saint James and others…not so much a trend shopper these days but I do like to feel that I am still keeping up appearances!

    09/20/16
    2:58 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Bungalow Hostess, You are always so spiffy! Way more than keeping appearances. And I can imagine you quite happily in plaid on plaid.

  • Your commentary on calling a dress for what it really is – a long top – is a big clue why suburbanites don’t follow the latest fashions. I can only imagine the looks one would receive wearing that article of clothing and having everyone around thinking I’ve forgotten to wear my skirt or trousers with it.

    Adore both the Etro and Suno pieces you’ve included in this post.

    09/20/16
    2:59 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Chronica Domus, I think my suburb ought to have a motto. Here We Wear Pants. What do you think? And you have of course picked the most artistic of the pieces. The Suno is a work of art IMO.

  • I like the colors in the Suno outfit.

    The Gap has a lot of Pendleton plaid shirts, with softer hues that are some kind of rayon blend, not wool, that are attractive. I have a hard time passing up shirts with Western yolks.

    09/20/16
    3:11 pm
    Lisa said...

    @RoseAG, Pendleton, more than classic, all the way to iconic.

  • It’s the ultimate Boyfriend thing… that screams: Cozy!

    09/20/16
    3:12 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Dalit Fresco, It is cozy. And oversized, it’s like a Grandfather thing, and we are small again. I hadn’t thought of that.

  • In fall I yearn for plaid pleated skirts and twin sets, which no one my age wears anymore, even ironically. I also yearn for a Norma Kamali flannel long-skirted, long-sleeved dress of yellow / black buffalo plaid circa 1985. I have no idea where or why I ever parted with it. Sometimes I’m just an idiot.

    09/20/16
    3:15 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Ann, I had a blue-green plaid Ralph Lauren midiskirt in the 80s, that I kept until the 90s – I wish I still had it too! We weren’t idiots, just young;).

  • First, Lisa, thanks for continuing to honor us “lower-case” suburbanites. In Fashion World, we usually don’t register on the radar. One of the many reasons I love your blog. And I also love plaid! The sharp graphic-ness is as close to print as I come.

    09/20/16
    3:15 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Linda Green, My pleasure! They can co-exist, fashion and real-life style, we just have to tussle with Fashion

  • Always loved plaid. Pleated plaid skirts, black watch plaid Blazers, even plaid flannel shirts. So eternally cozy.

    09/20/16
    3:16 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Mary anne, Eternally. This year, I think you can wear all of the above together:).

  • OMG, thank goodness I purchased a plaid poncho from Eileen Fisher last year. It isn’t a poncho exactly because it doesn’t close in the front. You very theatrically throw it around your shoulders creating a beautiful collar around your face. But I can’t remember what those are called.

    09/20/16
    3:18 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Sandra Sallin, Is that what they call a ruana? In any case, I think I remember seeing it on your Instagram and it is glorious.

  • Love plaid…but then again I come from the land of lumberjacks…so…one might expect that. Love that you have come up wth a motto for your neighbourhood. I can think of some for mine… but will hold my tongue…don’t want to incur anyone’s wrath.

    09/24/16
    9:03 am
    Lisa said...

    @Sue Burpee, Yes, mottos should encourage togetherness:).

  • I love plaids, but ones that don’t have too much contrast between colors. I have a few plaid tops, that are beautiful, but I just don’t seem to reach for them. I’m even off stripes some. As I sort of go along on this uniform hunt and easy dressing, I find I’m drawn to solids, and neutrals of course. The Adam Lippes top is my favorite.

    09/24/16
    9:04 am
    Lisa said...

    @Kathy, Interesting, I find myself moving toward patterns – albeit subtle ones, probably in reaction to all those years in sober work clothes.

  • In my opinion, a little bit of large plaid is easy to carry but anything encompassing the waist up or the entire frame is difficult at best. Tall, very slim models carry big plaids the best!

    I’ll continue to enjoy my Burberry trench and wool plaid scarf as well as my Barbour jackets with the plaid lining. Does this make me fashionable out of fashion? Susan

    09/24/16
    9:05 am
    Lisa said...

    @Susan, It makes you quite classic, and there’s always room in fashion for classic.

  • Thought for a few minutes of anything I might have with plaid…my husband has some plaid boxersI have nothing against plaid but apparently don’t gravitate to it. I once had a super- soft pale turquoise and white plaid flannel tunic with a cowl neck. Loved that thing! Wore it out! I do love me some plaid flannel…maybe if I came across the right shirt with some soft lavender, grey, and a touch of violet I would absolutely get it.

    09/24/16
    9:05 am
    Lisa said...

    @Lisa Chavez, The colors are super important, I agree.

  • I can SEE you in Plaid

    09/24/16
    9:06 am
    Lisa said...

    @La Contessa, Hehe;).

  • Plaid is one of my favorite colors. :-) Had a Python moment there, reading your post, “I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK…” So, thanks for that along with the the fashion inspiration.

    09/24/16
    9:06 am
    Lisa said...

    @Kristina, That song, such a point in time!

  • Clean forgot about plaid this past winter in Australia.

    I can always buy for next year though.

    I love that Elizabeth and James shirtdress / longish blouse.

    SSG xxx

    09/24/16
    9:07 am
    Lisa said...

    @Sydney Shop Girl, Now there’s a question – does plaid work for summer?