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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Plaid Inspiration from Dooney and Bourke (REALLY!)

While I am not as fortunate as my dear friend Lalla to have a formal family plaid as well as a casual family plaid, I will admit I have gone through various phases in my life where I've been a little obsessed with plaid. Yellow-and-black plaid stirrup pants from the Limited Too in the 6th grade, followed by a long black watch plaid skirt from Tommy Hilfiger in the 8th grade come to mind.  Admittedly, after those days in the height of my middle school awkward stage, I don't think I have worn much plaid.  But I have always loved it and am so happy to see it all over the stores this fall.

A couple weeks ago I was hustling through Nordstrom when a bag caught my eye.  It was the same black watch plaid as my 8th grade skirt.  Ralph Lauren?  Nope.  I gasped when I saw the little Dooney and Bourke duck logo luggage tag.  But take off the tag, and wow, it really is a cute bag.  I am glad to see Dooney and Bourke moving away from the Murikami-esque colorful logos. 

While not plaid, I also saw this red canvas iPad case with tan leather trim that I would LOVE to carry as a clutch!  It comes in a variety of colors and is only $65!

The folks at Dooney and Bourke aren't the only ones adding plaid to their fall collections.  This black watch plaid toggle coat from The Gap looks adorable in the pictures- just like something Paddington would wear!

 I think everyone is going ga-ga over the new LL Bean Signature collection, and I am no exception!  These tartan pants would be so cute with a fitted shirt or turtleneck, in a bouncy 1970's Mary Tyler Moore way.  Maybe even add a long pendant necklace for effect?!  And the red clutch above!

The scoop neck, ruffles, and ladylike shape of this plaid sheath dress make it so feminine and chic.

I believe MoS Washington has a shirt similar to this ruffled top that I just love.  It would be so cute with skinny jeans and riding boots.  If only I could wear button-down shirts without the aid of Hollywood Fashion Tape...

This long plaid skirt is much more stylish than the version I wore in the 8th grade.  It has almost a mermaid cut and looks fab with a cable-knit turtleneck and tall riding boots.

Or JCrew's fearless take on the plaid evening skirt:

While I resisted the Dooney and Bourke bag at Nordstrom, I could not resist a little plaid for baby boy.

Plaid has always held a position in home decor, usually in the form of a cozy throw or pillow.  But I am loving Ralph Lauren Home's brave interpretation of plaid for your living room! 

If a Christmas china pattern feels too over-the-top for you, how about mixing these tartan plaid dinner plates in with your existing all-white china pattern for the holidays?
Target Plaid Dinner Plates, $20 for set of 4

Or instead of the plates, add these plaid napkins to your table.  They would make a great hostess gift too, as would these plaid coasters

For that special little boy or girl, we just love this little plaid teddy bear!

Are you adding some plaid to your wardrobe or home?


Betsy said...

What a fabulous post--for anytime, but especially fall! I love plaid, and this post has inspired me to look for some more additions to my wardrobe and home!

kayce hughes said...

I am loving the i pad case! I guess I should get the i pad first.

CASABrasi said...

Loving all that plaid!!!!!

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

I am loving that ipad case! You are so clever to think of using it as a clutch. Love it! There are so many things I like here...great ideas MOS! You might also like this purse from J.McLaughlin...

Megan said...

absolutely love this look, i've been blogging about it too! the jcrew skirt is so classic!

EJR said...

I love that bag!

traci zeller designs said...

Love that iPad case ... and it's a whole lot more budget friendly than the Smythson version I've been coveting from afar! I'm chuckling at how that Dooney plaid bag looks EXACTLY like the Ralph Lauren plaid from "back in the day."

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