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Plaid: Our Favorite 2017 Fashion Week Runway Trend

Posted on 20 February 2017

Plaid is Not Just for Lumberjacks and Scots!

The re-resurgence of plaid in the fashion world is a welcomed departure from the oversized grunge flannel shirts that dominated the 1990's! Seeing tartan on the runway in neutrals, bright and soft tones is a breath of fresh air.

Whether hip-hop inspired plaid threads like in Marc Jacobs' new line, or plaid was found when exploring what it means to be British like Jenny Packham - tartan was present in almost every new line that hit the runway this year.

 Here are some of our favorite photos from New York Fashion Week Fall 2017:

Jenny Packham 2017 Fashion Week Plaid DressCoach plaid tartan outfit nyfw 2017

(L-R: Jenny Packham, Coach)

Mara Hoffman Plaid trend dress NYFW 2017Claudia Li Blue Plaid Suit NYFW 2017

(L-R: Mara Hoffman, Claudia Li)

Rosie Assoulin Plaid Suit NYFW 2017Misbhv NYFW 2017 plaid long trench coat

(L-R: Rosie Assoulin, MISBHV)

Ohlin/D blue plaid coat NYFW 2017Tome Plaid Pants NYFW 2017

(L-R: Öhlin/D, Tome)

Marc Jacobs Plaid Coat 2017 Fall NYFWBaja East NYFW Fall 2017 Runway Show Plaid

(L-R: Marc Jacobs, Baja East)

Tory Burch Plaid Pants NYFW Fall 2017Kenzo Plaid Skirt NYFW Fall 2017

(L-R: Tory Burch, Kenzo)


Plaid, of course, wasn't invented by Kurt Cobain, and this isn't the first time plaid has hit the runway. Tartan has been used by high end vintage clothing designers such as Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Claire McCardell, and many more for decades.


Here are some of our favorite Dressing Vintage plaid pieces that look 2017 runway-ready!


Vintage Plaid Skirts

Pendleton Vintage Red Plaid Wrap SkirtVintage YSL Plaid Tartan Wrap SkirtVintage Valentino Fishtail Plaid Skirt

 (R-L: Pendleton, YSL, Valentino)


Vintage Plaid Dresses

YSL White Black and Red Plaid Vintage Skirt and Top Ensemble1960s White Dress with Black and White Plaid BowClaire McCardell Vintage Green and Purple Plaid Dress

2 Piece 1950's Green and Yellow Plaid DressYSL Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Brown Plaid Peasant DressBlack and White Plaid Vintage Dress by Charles Cooper

 (Top L to Bottom R: Yves Saint Laurent, Lou Ette California, Claire McCardell, Janice Kay, Yves Saint Laurent (Brown), Charles Cooper)

Vintage Plaid Outerwear

Sandra Sage Green Plaid Vintage CoatMildred Warner Pink Plaid 1960s Vintage CoatMulti-colored Plaid Vintage Kenzo Coat

Mustard Plaid Vintage Mondi BlazerBlack and White Plaid Vintage Valentino BlazerValentino Brown Plaid Vintage Blazer

(Top L to Bottom R: Sandra Sage, Mildred Warner, Kenzo, Mondi, B&W Valentino, Brown Valentino)


Vintage Plaid Suits

Vintage Pink Chanel Suit with Plaid BowVintage Valentino Suit Valentino Vintage Plaid Coat and Skirt Ensemble

 (L to R: Chanel, Valentino (Gold), Valentino (Gray))

Vintage Plaid Accessories

Nicholas Ungar Plaid Vintage HatVintage Fontana Colorful Plaid Heels1960s Therese Ahrens Straw Plaid Hat

 (From L to R: Nicholas Ungar, Fontana, Therese Ahens


Compare the modern trend with it's vintage counterpart side-by-side down below! Which do you prefer?


2017 Fashion Week Plad Vs Vintage Plaid

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  • Alisha: July 13, 2018

    I accidentally bumped into your blog and just gave it a read. It turned out to be a much better thing than I had imagined it would be. All those vibrant fashion trends, along with such a good presentation, are just worth the read. While you have mentioned a lot of good things, I feel like there is something that you skipped. You can refine your article by reading more here

  • Deal Man: March 05, 2017

    Really amazing collection of fashion sites.

  • Abby: February 20, 2017

    So glad to see all of that plaid! I’ve missed it and I love your plaid skirts!

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