Translating the Menswear Trends for Fall 2016: Plaid

Posted on September 14, 2016

Line up, boys. It’s your turn.

Welcome back to our Translating the Trends series, where we look at the runway trends for fall 2016 and set Lorenzo loose on a personal shopping spree to find ways for non-runway people (i.e, all of us) to freshen their wardrobe without overhauling it completely. From the very first post in the series, the boy kittens have been asking when their turn at fabulously curated stylish deals was coming and now you have your answer.

It’s a bit silly to claim plaid as a “trend” for menswear since it’s pretty much a given in any season.


Agnès B. | Alexander Wang | Ann Demeulemeester | Antonio Marras | Astrid Anderson | Balmain
Bottega Veneta | Brioni | Burberry | Canali | Casely Hayford | Christopher Kane
Christopher Shanno | Coach | Daks | Dior Homme | Dsquared2 | E. Tautz
Emporio Armani | Etro | Fendi | Gucci | Hardy Amies | Joseph Abboud

Joseph | Junya Watanabe | Kenzo | Kolor | Lanvin | Maison Mihara Yasuhiro
Marni | Michael Kors| Moschino | Oliver Spencer | Prada | Pringle of Scotland
Public School | Raf Simons | Rag & Bone | Richard James | Rynshu | Salvatore Ferragamo
Stella Jean | Thom Browne | Valentino | Vivienne Westwood | Walter Van Beirendock | Y Project


Although it does tend to go up and down in popularity over time. Right now, it’s as popular as it ever was – especially for fall. But if you’re not in the market for a plaid suit or yet another plaid shirt, and you don’t want to commit to a plaid coat, there are ways to re-plaid (or up-plaid, and these are very important fashion terms) your wardrobe without looking like Pee Wee Herman. And there’s no reason for our advice to be any different here than it is when we’re talking about trends for women. We will be progressing this series of posts into actual items of clothing, but just as with the women’s trend posts, we wanted to shine a light first in that one area that most guys could use some freshening up: their accessories.

Which means, by the way, that there’s nothing stop a lady kitten from selecting from the following, really. Whatever your reasons, whether you’re buying for yourself or your man, let’s go shopping, darlings. First floor: BAGS & WALLETS.

We’re squealing and clapping our hands because this is our favorite floor of all.


Between us, we have four Jack Spade bags, which should tell you how much we recommend them. Simple, well-made classics that look good and age well. We’d recommend any of the above, from the messenger bags to the duffel to the back pack. For something a little fresher and more urban, we’re loving that TIMBUK2 messenger.

And we had to throw the McQueen wallet and card case in there because … sigh. They’re just so pretty. The Burberry too. We got in the habit of giving each other designer wallets at various birthdays and holidays over the years, so we’re each sporting something with a logo on it in our back pockets. What can we say? We hate ostentatious logos on our clothes, but we kind of love them when it comes time to pay for the meal or settle the bill. Call us shallow. Everybody should have a little swag. But we’re not snobs about it, because we love that brightly colored Unico wallet just as much and that thing’s a steal.

Next up, our SECOND-favorite floor: FOOTWEAR.

We tried to include a little something for every guy, including those who won’t be facing (or refuse to face) cold weather this season, which is why we included a bunch of stylishly plaid flip-flops in the bunch. The creepers aren’t really the kind of thing you’ll catch either of us wearing, but they’re thisclose to passing into classic status at this point – especially plaid versions, which strike us as no-brainers. Just remember to style them correctly. Don’t go full Johnny Depp and you’ll be fine. But of all the affordable options above, our hearts go pitter-pat for any of the VANS pieces, for which we have a weakness. Although it’s hard to ignore the Ben Sherman and Converse options. Plaid sneakers are great way to slap a little color and pattern into even a shitty, DGAF outfit of t-shirt and jeans.

The Vance & Co plaid wingtips are fabulous too. And for purely aspirational reasons, we sigh over the DSQUARED2. The Marc Jacobs and Jeremy Scotts are outside our wheelhouse, but we kind of wish they were inside it, truth be told.

Next floor: RANDOM ACCESSORIES. There are more of them than you think!

CUFF LINKS. Can we say how much we’re loving the idea of plaid ones? We realize they’re not the most common or popular of men’s accessories, but they still remain a great way to class up any outfit that calls for a basic dress shirt. Pocket squares are another classic way for a man to signal he’s paying attention to his look without being over the top about it. We can speak from experience that Tommy Hilfiger makes some sturdy and stylish accessories, whether we’re talking hats, belts or ties. And Ben Sherman is the hipster’s best friend. We’re loving his ball caps, which almost come off dress because of the muted and stylish colors. John Varvatos is another great never-let-us-down option for men’s accessories. His muted, classic scarves would work anywhere, with anything. Another great name for menswear and a recurring one on the hangers in our closets is Todd Snyder. Those classic plaid ties are can’t-go-wrongs that’ll go with a suit or with a pair of jeans and a dress shirt. Speaking of jeans, a plaid belt is another great way to add a pop of style to a work-a-day look.

Anything catching your eye here, guys and gals?


Standard disclaimer: All of the above are clickable links that will take you to online retailers who give us a commission based on any sales we send their way, because we find money to be somewhat useful in our day-to-day lives. Please note that the sale runs for these items can be brief and some of the links may either take you to an item that’s no longer available or no longer available at the sales price. You gotta be quick, kittens! 

[Photo Credit: IMAXTree]

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