It’s an awkward time of year for fashion, those months towards the end of summer (surely not yet, PLEASE) when all the magazines are full to the brim with winter warmers, thick coats and darker palettes. However, the leaves aren’t quite falling yet, thankfully, and there are ways around this time of confusion with the trick of transitional trends. Here I present to you pliable plaid. When I saw that the designers had incorporated cheques in almost every shape and form into their Autumn/Winter 2013 collections I couldn’t help but be a little smug. Bells rang me back to A/W ‘08, a favourite season of mine which continuously influences my winter wardrobe in all of its poetic dark romance, with its luxury textures of lace and velvet as well as miles upon miles of picnic-rug plaid. Dolce and Gabbanna’s Fall Campaign depicted British country-park scenes and bands of transparently-fair models impossibly bringing clashing tartans into the realm of respectability (see above). So taken with the trend and particularly influenced by this D&G collection, I purchased several fleecy chequered shirts that season and have recycled them every year since. Ladies, invest now.
Alternatively, raid your boyfriend’s/brother’s/dad’s wardrobes and check for cheques. What’s great is how surprisingly versatile these bold-patterned shirts can be when worn in the right way: make like Mary-Kate Olsen and Alexa Chung by slinging it around your waist for a trend-savvy grunge look on a warmer day (see below) or wear it under a plain jumper with the collar exposed on a colder one; button it up to the top and tuck it into a flaring skater skirt for a geek-chic combo or just team it with jeans and boots for laid-back lumberjack cool. Later on in the season you could even use your tartans to slide smoothly into the punk trend, combining them with metal encrusted pieces (I’m talking chains, studs, zips, eyelets – the lot) for a look that any 80’s mod would be proud of.