Today kicks off my NEW Fall Series STYLE ME FABULOUS – 15 Fall Trends and How to Wear Them Well! Throughout the next few weeks, I will be digging into 15 Top Fall trends and giving you ideas on how to style them for your 40+ lifestyle.
Today I’m starting with Plaid which you may already love, or you may find rather classic and boring. …but not for long. I think you are going to be surprised to see the way plaid is morphing into something more modern and creative looking.
Trusty old tartans are becoming fresh, feminine and fun. Preppy plaids and grungy flannel shirts can go to Goodwill. Today’s plaid is about modern shapes, feminine fabrics, and brighter colors. Here’s what I mean.
1. Bright Plaids are Hot
We’re used to seeing plaid in dark, reserved shades like forest green, brown and black. But designers are treating traditional checks and plaids more adventurously this season. The trend now is towards brightly colored plaid in lively and sometimes unusual color combinations. For example, this fabulous plaid jacket (above) feels lighter and sportier because of the vibrant combo of navy, baby blue and yellow.
2. Plaid Pants with Wide Legs are Chic
If there is a pant of the season, it is the wide leg pant, especially ones with checks or plaid. This sophisticated pair features a paper bag waist, which I introduced you to in the summer. This style emphasizes the waist, which is a good thing because waist definition makes you look youthful. However, if you have a big tummy, these may not be the best pant for you. There is a lot of detail ….. the gathered waistline, the belt, the print, so the eye tends to land there.
If you decide to test these out, and I think you should at least try a pair on, wear them with tall booties to give you a nice long, lean line. Red accessories always make this look so classy and powerful.
3. Feminine Plaids are Trending
Soft, silky materials and feminine styles, like plaids with ruffles or draping, are making us see plaid in a whole new light. I love this elegant burgundy red blouse with the soft wrap neckline and bow tie sleeves. It pairs so beautifully with a pair of black cropped pants. When the occasion calls for a casual-dressy look, this is a good one. It would be perfect for work too.
4. Plaid Accents are Everywhere
Touches of plaid here and there are an easy way to look modern without making a big investment in a trend. For example, big, wide sleeves have been going strong for a while, but who would have guessed they’d turn up in plaid? This simple, classic dress gets a modern update with the addition of layered plaid bell sleeves. The shoes and bag are smooth and plain, so all the attention goes to those fab sleeves
5. Plaid Leggings are the New Thing
If you love your leggings and are getting sick of wearing black ones, then go out on a limb and try a stretch Ponte pair in checks, houndstooth or plaid? This is just one of the dozens of new ways that plaid is being reinvented.
These windowpane leggings are pretty clean and simple, so easier to wear than a busy plaid pattern. Pair it with a relaxed, long white top, some feminine d’Orsay flats and a cute bag, and you have a great look that bridges the gap between summer and fall.
Do you like the creative new ways plaid is being incorporated into fall clothing? What have you seen that was new and different? I’d love to know.
Be sure to pop by tomorrow for another Fall Trend in my style countdown series.