I don't think any of us expected that in 2009 Tom Ford would put out an entire collection of plaid that would change fashion forever. Recently, I decided to stay over at a guy's house and as I went into his bedroom, there it was, my biggest fear: A CLOSET FULL OF PLAID. There is a big difference between grown up plaid and little boy plaid. His closet was full of little boy plaid, the kind of plaid that a guy might buy from the flea market, or swap meet. This plaid is that awful bright, cheap cotton kind of plaid, and then I asked myself, "Does he even know better?" It takes a very specific personality to pull off plaid, and they include the following: lesbians, lumberjacks, lumberjack hipsters, steam punk and grunge kids, and finally modern day dandies. As plaid has become the new casual, and has made such an impact on the runway, we have to remember that there is a difference between plaid, tartan and check.
First, tartan originated in Scotland, and is classified by the criss crossing and vertical bands of multiple colors as a way to identify a clan (those skirts you see guys wearing at leather bars). Check is usually two different colored squares that alternate. Plaid is multiple colored stripes creating a pattern, which shouldn't be confused with flannel, as flannel is a textile, not a print.
From plaid ball gowns to bow ties, this print is definitely making a strong comeback. But how do you know the difference between good and bad plaid? Casual good plaid can be layered on top of each other, bad plaid can't. In fact, the trend for plaid is the plaid block, or print block. The more the merrier, kind of. Fashion plaid, or the plaid suit should be mismatched. It changes the visual look and purpose of a plaid suit.
THE PLAID SUIT
Contrary to what some think, plaid suits have always been. In fact, they aren't a new idea, far from it. This extremely old classic, has just been revamped with stronger cut lines and bolder prints. The idea of wearing a plaid suit has evolved from the "vintage" trend, and inspired a lot by mad men. The trick to wearing a plaid suit is the tailoring. It can't just be fitted, a plaid suit has to fit to perfection. Now, finding the right plaid pattern for you: Windowpane: This open and usually long pattern is pretty straightforward as in, "what you see is what you get. " Glen Plaid: The pattern in a glen plaid is much more subdued. This is the pattern you will want to stack multiple plaids and prints together to make a statement. And finally, Prince of Wales:This intricate pattern has stronger lines, and is a lot more visually striking. This suit is definitely all about confidence, and cut. So, if you are going to go plaid, make sure you keep it classy.