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I too am tired of plaid and it’s hard for me to get excited about anything new in that pattern. I’m also a little tired of the whole craze for ‘authentic American’ styles, from flannels to jeans to boots, that led to the whole plaid fascination in the first place. It seems like ’90s Japan idea to me but has now spread all over the world. It is a dead-end road for style and not very interesting in terms of its look. In the meantime, I love paisleys. There were a few plaids in the spring collections that I loved, in particular those amazing collage-y looking jackets and cardigans at Comme des Garcons Homme Plus!
Colored warp and weft yarns woven to create grid patterns, either clean or with a gradient effect, will always be a classic. Certainly men’s fashion has become overwrought with plaids. Their ability to jazz up an outfit and give connotations of heritage and classicism are the culprits of their popularity I suspect. It’s hard to wear them now without being totally self-conscious that you are wearing a trend (and one that is a bit tired at that). If I were to wear them (and I won’t even dare, banished from my wardrobe completely, can’t pull it off) I would make an effort to find an interesting scale, colorway, fabric, and perhaps a rendering effect to give it a fresh and necessary update.
Personally, I am not a big fan of plaid (or any pattern, frankly) but, having said that, the right plaid combinations (shades or shapes) can work well. It is, in the end, one of the domains where one can have some creativity. Just avoid the dull high street colours and patterns and look for what you like and goes with your wardrobe and lifestyle.
plaid shirts will always be stylish. Just be patient and wait for it to go out of trend. I have added more solids to my wardrobe.
Never owned a plaid shirt but have a couple of bowties in this pattern (strictly for day wear!) and numerous shirts in other check patterns like gingham and tattersall. Plaid shirts are way too lumberjack and always have been.
plaid is work wear for real men in the outdoors, not for fancy free bullshitting in fashion. plaid, unless part of one’s national attire, is as unnecessary as a new fashion magazine in the world. although i sometimes feel a slight inclination to purchase a plaid tie (not bow-tie, god forbid!), but soon talk myself out of it.
Fearne Cotton, Daniel Merriweather, skate kids, grunge…er…Big Country … there are a million reasons not to wear plaid. Now is the only time my plaid shirts don’t come out of the closet as the design has it’s H&M moment. I agree with Joaquin – it’ll pass. In fact…hang on…it just did.
I, having been a lover of plaid since grade school, am very disheartened by the inundation of tartan as of late. It used to be “plaid is not a trend, its a lifestyle” but that is hardly warranted when put in mass production by these chain stores. A nice subtle thrift store find is appreciated, whereas the neon and metallic thread shit Ive seen makes me want to slit throats. I suggest dial it back when it comes to plaid…if there is a group of gents, 3/4 should not be decked out in picnic tables.
Plaid will always have a time and place. As will classic Americana and the style that goes with it. American work wear is classic because it characterizes the feel of the entire nation during what some would consider the “glory years” . I am not disillusioned enough to believe that any country truly has had “glory year”, classic American style and workwear reminds some of what they would like to believe was a better times, I will say that memories definitely improve with age. I think it is quite interesting that some clothing can remind us of a better past that never actually was.
I am tired of plaid but it has it’s place as does all work wear inspired clothing.
ps. I’m not American.
not sure if this is relevant but thought it was an interesting thing to add.
in early skinhead gangs the size of the check on a shirt would signify how important they were in the ranks. the smaller the check the higher up and more respect an individual received. picnic table to some, social recognition to others.
I will always wear plaid. its never been something I thought was too in or out of fashion.
I will also wear pin stripes and solid colour shirts too.
Check out my views on plaid shirts and the revival of Grunge at http://worldmanabouttown.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/come-as-you-are-or-grunge-revisited/
I’m quite surprised that this discussion refers simply to plaid, as there are obviously millions of possible plaid color combinations out there. To me, the tone and style of the plaid shirt is exactly what sets apart a stylish plaid shirt from a plain highstreet shirt. Just compare the shirts featured in the summer collections of labels such as APC, Gitman and Our Legacy with those of H&M and other high street brands. If you can’t tell the difference, perhaps you should avoid wearing plaid altogether. Just my 2cts.
I think the plaid patterns used in neckties these days are really hot. I have a great collection of them and they’re growing. Not too hot on the plaid shirts though. Once you put on a plaid shirt…that’s it, not tie will match.
If by plaid shirt you mean anything that could resemble the Nirvana-esque, grungy shirt, then my opinion is: they are vile, stay well clear of them. If I misunderstood completely what you meant, then my apologies!
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