Womens plaid is not just for winter shirts or western bars anymore. The 2016 spring/summer fashion shows featured a lot of plaid and particularly very bold plaids. Plaids, tartans, and ginghams are showing up in a wide variety of types of garments, colors and sizes. You can see this variety in Victoria Beckham’s runway show above.
A plaid is any pattern with crossing horizontal and vertical bars in at least two colors. You might sometimes hear people refer to it as tartan. The plaid can be small with many bars crossing frequently, or it can be large with thick bars crossing less often. Large plaids tend to be a bit more bold.
While you might think that you only option for wearing plaid is to pair it with something monochromatic and plain, you would be wrong. It is perfectly acceptable to pair plaids with other plaids even if they aren’t in the same color scheme as well as pairing them with other prints. We saw just that in several runway shows including the one from Victoria Beckham shown above. Designers are becoming more and more bold.
Of course, even though womens plaid is branching out to using plaid in a large variety of garments, there is still the old standard plaid shirt that you can spice up in a wide variety of ways including, but not limited to wearing belted as a dress, layered with vests or cardigans, as a cardigan, with skirts to dress them up, or around the waist.