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Am I the only one who’s been noticing plaid all over the place? I can’t help but think that this sudden resurgence of all things tartan has a little something to do with Lisa Birnbach’s brand-new sequel to her iconic 1980s title, The Preppy Handbook.
Once upon a time, that little paperback was my holy bible; especially, since I was dating a guy who actually owned a grosgrain whale belt and didn’t understand why everyone was suddenly making a fuss over his wardrobe. As the perfect preppy girlfriend, I made certain to match. Think: tartan skirt, Bass Weejun penny loafers, and a cumbersome series of layered shirts that would render most people’s upper body immobile. (If memory serves, it was something like Fair Isle sweater-over-L.L. Bean-oxford cloth-shirt-over-Izod polo-over turtleneck. I thought I looked hot. I probably did. Like 108 degrees hot.)
Mind you, plaid has a sort of upper-crust appeal, which is why it’s always been—and continues to be–a huge component of Ralph Lauren and Burberry collections. Fortunately, the pieces I’m seeing lately are modern-looking and affordable…sometimes, dead-ringers for their costly counterparts. Case in point: The cool, tartan “Wayfarer” specs, below, from www.gogglesandglasses.com.
And top it all off with makeup to match…from MAC Cosmetics Holiday Tartan Tale Collection (www.maccosmetics.com). After all, eyeshadow’s always more cost-effective than a coat.
I urge you to grab some plaid this season…but leave the excessively layered look to the prepsters of seasons past. (I am curious, though: Did anyone else partake in the wearing of four layers at once? Care to share?)