When I think of menswear patterns, I think of plaid. This traditional pattern has been around for as long as anyone can remember. In Scotland they called them tartans, a cultural icon of their country. Peter’s paternal Scottish side of the family has their own color and pattern. May I add, they even have their own crest as well. That’s so cool! No wonder all of them are built like warriors.
In modern days, it’s no longer used just for textiles, but used in home furnishings, furniture, packaging, wall paper and much more. The options are pretty much endless.
This outfit was inspired by menswear trend that’s been surfacing around in street fashion and runway shows. There doesn’t seem to be a sign of slowing down, either. I bought these pants from The Real Real, a second-hand online shop, where I’ve gone often to buy or sell designer clothing.
These pants are from Balenciaga and I paid $140 for it. It’s a really good deal for a designer piece that’s been gently used. What I love is the traditional pattern designed into a trend-forward style. The pant is tailored in a traditional trouser silhouette. Many details from the self covered button to the tabs on the ankle makes it look relevant. I love the adjustable ankle tabs that allows me to switch up the look by changing the leg opening.
I’ve styled it with one of my favorite cashmere sweaters, I designed a few years ago and restyled it on this post. For the top, I kept the color and silhouette proportions simple, so I can feature the plaid pant. The sweater also has a waffle texture stitch, adding subtle texture to the outfit. It’s an oversized piece with slim sleeves, so it flatters most body types without feeling overwhelmed.
The versatility of styling this outfit works in many ways. I see myself wearing the plaid pant with a blazer and a white button down shirt for work. Or for more of a casual weekend look, a denim jacket and a band tee back with a pair of sneakers.
If this trend continues for the long haul, I might have to just raid my husband’s closet again. Maybe I’ll find a tartan scarf somewhere, I can borrow or steal! Meanwhile, here’s a list of my favorite plaids.
All photos by Jason Tang.