I come from the land of plaid. Grungy plaid, that is. Washington is known for logging, grunge music, and rain. But seriously so many guys wear plaid around these parts that I don’t even think of it as related to loggers or grunge music anymore. It’s just the norm. Kinda like beards and super bitter IPA. The plaid style trend reminds me of Twin Peaks, which was set and filmed in Washington – there’s actually a tumblr called The Plaid of Twin Peaks that documents all the wonderful examples of plaid on that show. Ha! I just came across this so I’m pretty excited about it because you can see how far (or how not far) this trend has really come. Even though plaid is older than Twin Peaks, there is definitely something very 90s about wearing it, particularly for guys, many of whom really still seem to want to embrace their inner Eddie Vedder. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve dated guys who look great in plaid and thankfully for the ladies plaid is not quite as pigeon-holed. Plaid can be feminine! Sure you can wear it to work or out hunting like a dude, but you can also dress it up with riding boots, or just have fun with tights and booties. The key thing about plaid is that usually the pieces are going to be really vibrant and eye catching, so you have to ask yourself if you want the other pieces to compete or complement.
– Julia of Style and Cheek