Plaid Power

I grew up wearing plaid. My sister and I posed for an early childhood family Christmas portrait dressed in red plaid pleated skirts with plaid suspenders. We also had matching watch plaid fitted coats with green velvet hats. Fast forward to high school and watch plaid resurfaced again in the form of our winter school uniform, which consisted of a sewed down box pleated skirt, white oxford shirt, and a navy or green cardigan sweater. We also wore green blazers for formal school events. The mandatory one inch below the knee length of the plaid skirt dampened the look of this otherwise fine outfit. Our principal regularly conducted random skirt length checks to ensure that no knees ever saw the light of day. Shortened hems didn’t stand a chance under the watchful eyes of Sister Angela Merici. Patrolling the halls with a yard stick in hand, she zeroed in on unsuspecting dress code violators as they made their way to and from classes. As soon as we boarded the school bus at the end of every day, however, we began the fine art of skirt rolling. This ritual magically transformed our frumpy skirts into fashionable minis, or so we thought.

After a brief romance with plaid flannel shirts in college, I stopped wearing plaid altogether. Even after a very long hiatus, my passion for plaid hasn’t returned. Don’t get me wrong. I still admire beautiful plaid jackets, skirts and pants on other people, and buy plaid pieces for my clients. I even went so far as to try on a watch plaid vest by QMack at Macy’s in Greenville, SC recently. As adorable as it was, I returned it to the rack. I’m content to look back fondly on all of the plaid pieces I loved to wear.

What is your history with plaid? Do you love or loathe it? I personally love this stunning red and grey plaid fitted jacket, guaranteed to turn heads at any holiday office get together.

Festive holiday outfit for the office

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