Checkmate! Just when you're starting to think that plaid is lookin' a tad bit dated, the Fall 2017 runways are ready to stop you right there. If there's one print that's everywhere this season, it's this British heritage pattern.
Designers are 100% mad for plaid, putting it on cool, slouchy suits and separates we're totally drooling over. A domino effect, the street's most stylish girls have eaten it up too, pairing the once-proper Wales check with the utmost irreverence, your majesty—think oversized blazers tossed over tight ringer tees and unapologetically slashed denims. Shocked? Scandalized? Good.
It's a huge thing, this paring down of all things English and upper crust. Look at the rugby shirt, for example! Still, the resurgence of heritage plaid comes with its own touch of propriety: over at Stella McCartney, Chanel, and Jason Wu, houndstooth came galloping forward like a graceful, competitive, trained-since-childhood equestrienne via crisp jackets and matching trousers. There's still a gleam of polish here, and it's not exactly subtle. Ring for tea!
Equal parts cliquish and laid-back, the old school check has fashion besotted (yes, this is your cue to fall in love). Rummage through mom's old wardrobe to dig up a vintage version, or, if you aren't that lucky, click on over to stores like Eyeye for your fix.
Suiting up for Savile Row has never looked this cool. Time to join the club!