Falling for Plaid at NYFW

By Emmy Berg

Whether it is prep-school chic, punk rock, or simply preppy, plaid has found its way back in the spotlight this runway season. A fall favorite, the check pattern style has forever been popular because it is so versatile, it can be worn by anyone.

Jackets, pants, blouses, skirts and button downs were just a few items supporting the plaid trend during New York Fashion Week. The beloved pattern of the ‘70s is back and better than ever.

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Jenny Packham Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection. (Photo source: Vogue)

In the midst of a sensitive political climate, designers are choosing to embrace silhouettes that embody female power through pantsuits, bright prints and bold colors. Specifically, many of these top-bottom power suits are represented in plaid.

The evolution of the plaid print has been an elegant one. Transitioning from the grunge inspired oversize flannels made popular in the ‘90s, the plaid that hit the runway this season is much more poised and polished. This season’s neutral tones of browns and blacks mixed with rich colors of burgundy and navy made this print perfectly seasonal for fall.

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Tory Burch Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection. (Photo source: Vogue)

Jenny Packham and Tory Burch take home the cake for their use of simple, feminine and elegant designs featuring the preppy print. Pleated skirts, flowy dresses and structured tops were a few highlights during both shows.

The plaid print can be professional, with envy worthy suits and blazers, or incorporated into daily wear, with oversized sweaters, pleated skirts and matching accessories – this check print is acceptable and fashionable in all scenarios.

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Tory Burch Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection. (Photo source: Vogue)

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