Mad About Plaid: One Trend Worn Three Ways

By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Hello all! For me, fall and winter are the best seasons of the year. They have the best holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving!), basketball season starts up (Go Phoenix Suns!), it’s my birthday (November!) and the air cools down (you can walk outside here in Tucson without melting into a puddle)! To my last point, cooler weather brings so many new fashion options. I love to layer my clothing and there’s no better time to experiment with trends. This week, I paid a visit to Buffalo Exchange Tucson to search for plaid in its many forms: gingham, tartan and more! Read ahead to check out all the pieces I found and how I styled plaid three different ways.

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, Plaid, multicolored plaid jacket

Nitty Griddy

For my first look, I experimented with a punk rock vibe and mixed two distinct patterns at once: Madras and Glen plaid. Named for its origin city of Madras, India (now Chennai), Madras plaid is recognized by its widely variable color combos and checkboard pattern – and this denim jacket does not fall short of that description! I paired it with a more subtle gray Glen Plaid (hailing from Scotland) and a mustard-yellow velvet mock neck.

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, Plaid, Pink Black and Red Plaid Dress

Plaid About You!

How do I love this plaid look? Let me count the ways: it’s a dress, it has perfectly coordinated pink accents and it even features a functional fanny pack! The asymmetrical cut makes this tartan extra fun and the lettuce-hemmed mock neck underneath gives the look a subtle 90s nod. As temperatures drop, trade in the bare legs for a sheer pair of tights and ruffled socks for added flair.

Buffalo Exchange, HQ, Plaid, Gingham Pants

Ging-ham It Up

Gingham plaid has evolved into more than a trend – it’s now a closet staple! Season to season, gingham suits all different fabrics and color ways. For this look, I wore tried and true gingham cropped pants with a sleeveless turtleneck knit top. When that autumn breeze rolls in, layer with an Ivy-League inspired cable knit sweater to keep warm in style.

Has this inspired you to add some checkers into your own closet? I certainly hope so! The great thing about plaid is that, as trendy as it is, it’s also a classic pattern that’ll always be in style. So, clean out your closet and bring your past favorites into Buffalo – you could earn cash or trade to spend on your new-to-you looks. Whichever plaid you pick, you can definitely find it at your local Buffalo Exchange!