Mad for plaid!

I can't help myself but lately I have been drawn to plaids. Maybe it's the impending fall weather that makes me want to curl up with a cozy plaid blanket. I'm not talking about your grandmothers plaid kilt. I am talking about tailored, chic patterns in unusual colour combinations.

Did you know there is a difference between plaid and tartan? I didn't. Here's what I found out: Plaid refers to the use of tartan on a piece of clothing. Plaid is in fact not a pattern, who knew? A tartan is defined as "Any numerous textile patterns consisting of stripes of varying widths and colours crossed at right angles against a solid background." Having worn a plaid kilt for three years at school I am not planning on dressing in tartan any time soon. That doesn't mean I won't be adding a few tartan touches to my home.

Everywhere you look plaid is a dominant pattern for 2012 - 2013, it may even push Ikat or Chevron from the top spots. In fact I think we are to going see more grown up fabrics as we move into the winter fall season. Look out for other sophisticated fabrics like houndstooth, pinstripes, leather, tufting and nail head details.

I went about finding as many examples of plaid as I could. I have a good start below, click on Pinterest to see the rest of our pictures!


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