When I think of plaid, I think of two things: Cher’s yellow tartan plaid skirt + blazer combo in Clueless or lumberjack red flannel. But this fall/winter season, the fashion industry has really given plaid an upgrade. Now there’s nothing groundbreaking about plaid. In fact, trends don’t always have to be revolutionary. More often than not, trends evolve from something arbitrary and surprise you in unexpected silhouettes, cuts or styles.
This season, gray plaid is HOT. And not your run-of-the-mill school girl plaid. So when I found this Storets Aos Off-the-Shoulder warm gray plaid crop top with extra-long sleeves, I had to have it. Don’t get me wrong, a cute plaid mini skirt will always be a staple. But it was refreshing to see this pattern in a new way! Little black buttons line the arm until it reaches a satin ribbon around the wrist. Then the material drastically billows out into a wide bell sleeve with a long train of ruffles. It makes such a statement.
I went with a neutral color palette for this look so the plaid top would stand out. I paired it with a pair of my favorite Zara Charcoal Denim Jeans. These are great for everyday outfits, but also look adorable dressed up. The cargo pocket detail is so trendy. Plus they make your booty look cute!
To finish it off, I opted for a pair of charcoal metallic Chanel pumps. Despite having the the basic structure of a round-toe heel, these shoes are sassy. Two thick pieces of metallic fabric wrap around the ankle into a large bow for a chic look.
It’s safe to say that most trends should stay buried in the past – yes, I mean gauchos and trucker hats – but it’s the ones that continue to evolve that remain the most popular.