Falling for Plaid – My Take on This Season’s Top Fashion Trend

NYC fashion blogger wearing Vivienne Westwood Anglomania plaid tartan cape. Overlooking a park landscape with green, yellow, and red leaves trees.

Happy Friday my dear fashionistas! Today’s post is my attempt at showcasing more outfit and style looks on the blog as well as highlighting the importance of shopping from your own closet. This season plaid is hotter than ever and while I’ve personally never been a huge fan of trends, plaid is one of those styles that should be a staple in every fashion girl’s closet.

As someone who has amassed an impressive but far too large closet I’m lucky that I can just grab a hanger or pull open a dresser drawer and find something that’s currently in season. Case in point: this post’s plaid outfit look. While these particular photos are from over a year ago I figured that I might as well post them, especially since I’m now rewearing all these pieces. Plus the only travel I’ve done lately was to my dentist’s office and let’s not even talk about the current state of my hair. Much, much better to just flash back to the times when life was a little bit simpler.

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Shop your closet!

This is something you’ll be hearing from me a lot and for good reason. Not only will you save money by re-wearing your old outfits but you’ll be helping the environment by keeping clothes out of landfills.

Fashion blogger wearing plaid outfit look featuring Vivienne Westwood tartan cape, blue jeans, white seater, and pink Balenciaga city bag. Standing in front of ancient Redwood tree in California.
I am wearing:
1. Vivienne Westwood Anglomania plaid cape $35 sample sale find ($345 retail) similar style
2. Balenciaga motorcycle town bag in pink $400 sample sale ($1,895 retail)
3. French Connection knit pullover in white $10 sample sale (retail $118)
4. Current/Elliot distressed blue jeans $12 sample sale (retail $206)
5. Hogan sneakers in pink $35 online find (retail $350)
6. Modo for Jason Wu mirrored green sunglasses $25 sample sale (retail $295)

These particular styles are all sold out but try recreating this look with items from your own closet! You can also find similar styles at the above links.

As you can see most of my clothes, shoes, and accessories come from sample sales. When you find things at 80-95% off retail why would you ever shop anywhere else?! The centerpiece of this plaid outfit look is the Anglomania tartan cape. Back when Vivienne Westwood sample sales were held in their midtown showroom discounts could reach as high as 90% off, which is how I ended up paying only $35. This cape is perfect for Fall and transitional weather. The wool will keep you warm and it can be wrapped, fastened, or simply draped in multiple ways.

Fashion blogger sitting on a tree stump in a park. Wearing plaid tartan cape by Vivienne Westwood, blue jeans, Hogan pink sneakers, and pink Balenciaga bag.
How to wear plaid and my take on a cozy outfit look

For a simple casual look I paired the cape with distressed classic blue jeans and a lightweight white sweater. For a dash of luxury I went with a high-end designer handbag. What I love about city bags is how practical they are for daily use. I spent the entire day exploring the park and all my essentials fit inside plus the crossbody strap made it easy to carry. The finishing touch were the matching pink sneakers and green sunglasses.

Plaid Outfit Look Details

Fashion blogger showing how to wear Vivienne Westwood plaid cape. Outfit style inspiration featuring tartan and a pink Balenciaga city bag.
A closer look at the details. Vivienne Westwood plaid cape and a pink Balenciaga bag
Balenciaga 12 Giant Gold Motorcycle Town handbag in rose hortensia. The most comfortable, practical, and stylish bag I ever owned.

This Balenciaga bag deserves a post of its own! I will eventually do a review of all my different city bags (yes I have more than one lol also this style is technically called Town but you know what I mean). It’s my go-to travel bag. I can fit a DSLR camera, eyeglasses case, large continental wallet and so much more!

Fall vibes with plaid outfit against a green and yellow forrest background

Don’t have a plaid cape of your own? No problem! A plaid shirt, sweater or coat will work just as well. Now if you don’t have anything plaid in your closet you can channel your very own Outlander look by shopping the following deals.

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