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future trad and perfecting plaid

plaid pants and chanel belt

Future trad makes its debut for fall fashion trends grounded in traditional preppy style with a futuristic twist. Marie Claire is calling it one of the biggest fall fashion trends of 2019. The material focus – plaid. Here’s how you should be wearing your business casual day wear in the new season.

luxury fashion blog featuring plaid pants

photography:JOSH WOLFE | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | plaid pants c/o:FIDELITY | chain belt:CHANEL | chunky shoes:DR. MARTENS


Suiting evolves with a futuristic take on traditional British style. The era of cross-over and non-conformity lends its hand to shifting this style. Conventional turns unpredictable as classic silhouettes are worn in a new way with oversized layering and a mix of casual and innovative pieces. Modern updates can be seen in the details with rubber edging, button details and trench inspirations.

fashion blogger wearing plaid pants by fidelity denim and dr martinsluxury fashion blogger wearing plaid and a crop top

Advise from The Kit, “Mix it (plaid) up. Now is your time to play with heritage pieces by pairing them with unexpected items. Wear a plaid kilt with a T-shirt, or even double up on tartan and wear it head-to-toe. Much like animal print or denim, treat tartan like you would a neutral and wear it with anything.”

grey hair and plaid outfit

It’s all about the plaid

The focus of future trad as all about the plaid. The evolution of gingham and checks, plaid (next to animal prints) is the biggest pattern print of the season. From oversized blazers to hats, accessories and trousers, preppy lines in luxury materials are here in a big way this season.

plaid pants and backless topplaid pants outfit

Key marks of the trend include unexpected layering like blazers over lingerie-inspired looks. You’ll also find untraditional, creative forms of wear like belted blazers and mixed materials incorporating plaids, houndstooth, tweed and argyle.

How to get your plaid fix

The essential pieces for this trend are blazers and trousers. Suiting is a strong, powerful way to rock plaid, especially when wearing them with more feminine pieces. I found the most perfect fitting pair of plaid trousers by Fidelity Denim after working with them on an Instagram feature.

fidelity denim instagram feature

Since then, they’ve become a staple item in my transitional wardrobe. I’ve paired them with body tee-shirts for a casual, no-fuss look. I’ve worn them with blazers for serious go-to-office wear and over silk dresses for day wear.

plaid pants and chanel luxury belt

In this look, I’ve paired my high waisted plaid pants basic white, backless crop for a day-to-night look that’s classic but fun. I wore it in Nashville for an afternoon of shooting, lunch and cocktails with friends.

Plaid pants are an easy way to wear the trend incorporating it into your everyday where. If you’re not sure how to wear them, Who What Wear shares 15 fresh ways on how to wear plaid pants outfits this fall.

running errands in plaid pants by fidelityfashion blogger rocking plaid pants in the sun

Where to get your plaid

I’m quite pleased with my first pair of plaid trousers from Fidelity. (No, the did not pay me for this post). The fit on waist to hip ratio is flattering and comfortable. I’ve also found the material has washed well, which is a bonus for someone who avoids the dry cleaners like the plague.

where to find plaid pants

You can also find several plaid blazers, pants, dresses and accessories at fashion retailers like Shopbop, Farfetch, and Theory if you’re looking for quality. If you’re opting for suiting to fill your plaid pleasures, I recommend investing in luxury fashion pieces, as this trend rarely goes out of style.

backless crop and plaid pants

For dresses, accessories and other non-conventional takes on the plaid trend, go for fast fashion to get your fix from trendy fashion retailers like Revolve, Zara or H&M.

Who’s wearing plaid

Looking for more inspiration on checked pants women are loving this season before you jump on this hot fall fashion trend? Check out some of my favorite fashion bloggers and celebrities sporting plaid in their own, unique style.

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