Trend report: Plaid

Plaid has become the uniform for Fall.

Image: Jonathan Daniel Pryce

Plaid is always on trend – it’s timeless. That being said, we haven’t seen the world in a plaid frenzy of this size and stamina since the 1995 film Clueless – Cher Horowitz’s yellow plaid jacket and skirt set is iconic.

International brands like Christian Dior, Chanel and Marine Serre have all included plaid in their 2019 Winter and Fall collections. Australian fashion labels The Fifth Label, Finders Keepers and By Kane have paid tribute to plaid this season too, from plaid coats, jackets, suits and co-ords.

Chanel, Fall 2019 Couture. Image: Vogue Runway.

South Australian fashion blogger, Jack Reynolds, known on Instagram as @itsmejack, says “plaid is one of the most successful and universally recognised patterns with roots dating back to the Scotts in the 18th century. More recently, plaid has become a statement of confidence. Quite simply, plaid is immortal.”

He does also say, however, that plaid may be more wearable in cooler months. “I think plaid is associated with thick materials, it’s popular for winter jackets as such.”

Image: Phil Oh

South Australian stylist and fashion blogger, Zena Najjar, says “we’re seeing a different take on colours. Brands are creating pieces incorporating bright colour combinations such as yellow and grey, as well as cornflower blue and maroon.”

We’re also seeing more of an emphasis on matching tops and bottoms. “Plaid sets will be super cute this season. Matching jackets to skirts and pants to blazers, I think we’ll see plaid styled in a variety of ways from dressy, casual, grungy and luxe,” says Zena.

Image: Phil Oh

When styling both herself and her clients, Zena says she loves taking a creative approach. “One way I would style plaid for women is to incorporate a matching set, whether it’s a blazer and mini skirt or matching pants to a blazer. I would style it up with a vintage tee underneath, statement heeled boots and a chic handbag,” says Zena.

Plenty of menswear designers are also using plaid in their collections this season, including Alexander McQueen and Versace, experimenting with plaid pants and coats in bold colours.

Image: Jonathan Daniel Pryce

This article was written by Media & Communications student, Adriana Sinicropi.

Tell it like it is is a collaboration between HWR Media & Communications and UniSA’s School of Creative Industries. Students of the Content Creation for Media course wrote to a brief for a story suitable for one of HWR’s titles or social media channels across fashion, lifestyle, food, agriculture or tourism. This feature is just one example of the up-and-coming talent in the industry.