It’s true. Just take a look around – everyone is wearing buffalo plaid for autumn 2014. Street style aficionados (and that’s everyone, basically) have embraced it because it’s practical, versatile, easy to wear, and most important of all, it looks great. So we’re guessing that makes it a trend, but you knew that already, didn’t you?
Whether you take it back to the Rob Roy tartan of the Scottish clan MacGregor, or jump continents to their descendant in Montana USA, who traded thick Scottish blankets for buffalo pelts from the indigenous population (hence the name), this is a pattern that reflects a feel for the great outdoors.
Revisit grunge with cosy oversized shirts in red and black. This fabric breathes warmth and protection, and the items you covet will confirm this. Wrap yourself in scarves, vests, capes and ponchos, and snuggle into buffalo plaid gloves and boots. Ring the changes with a jumper in the same pattern, or pull a quilted check vest over a classic blouse for a mix of styles.
Resist the temptation to go too close to the lumberjack thing, though. Tie that grungy shirt around the waist of a mini in black and white buffalo plaid for contrasting colours to defy tradition, or team a circle skirt with black heels. Finish red check leggings with cut-out boots, or any ankle type, or cover leather pants with an oversized cardigan, blanket-style.
Extend the shirt idea until it becomes a tunic or a coat, and pair with ripped jeans and sneakers. Opt for a chequered crop top above skinnies, or make black boots stunning with a buffalo plaid midi. Red with black are the most common shades, making them the obvious choice, but when did fashionistas do the expected? Try white as the second colour, or yellow. Experiment with pink, green, orange, purple or blue, and co-ordinate with your accessories. Define black in varying hues, so that you have several criss crossing with red or whatever.
Don’t leave out dresses – a shift suits the repeat perfectly. Temper any tendency to over-brightness by covering with a black jacket, and top it with a fedora. From the Scottish highlands via the wilds of Montana, buffalo plaid has come on quite a journey to have its moment on the city streets. We believe it was worth the trip!
The featured photo is of Stella Wants To Die wearing a buffalo plaid coat from Zara
Plaid Trend: Adriana Gastélum is wearing a buffalo plaid coat from H&M
Buffalo Plaid Trend 2014: Katarzyna Tusk is wearing a buffalo plaid shirt from Zara
Danielle Bernstein is wearing a buffalo plaid top and skirt from Gypsy Warrior
Lisa D Cahue is wearing a buffalo plaid dress from Dakota
Mary Seng is wearing a buffalo plaid shirt from Rag & Bone
Blair Eadie is wearing a buffalo plaid jacket from Isabel Marant