I’m feeling plaid outerwear

Maybe it’s because fall still puts me into a Seventeen magazine back-to-school issue state of mind, but I can’t get the idea of a plaid coat or jacket out of my mind. There’s something so resolutely autumnal about such an item; you can almost hear the crunching of leaves underfoot just looking at these. And they’re more versatile than at first they might appear: you can wear them with all solids, which would be the safest option, or have all sorts of matchy-clashy fun with whatever you put on underneath.

I wish the fur trim here was faux, but I still like this a lot: it’s nicely classic, with a fun twist.

Red and black plaid is a longtime favorite of mine (a passion that was born the year of college I wore nothing but that color combination) and this is so excellently nubby.

I think this cape is just the chicness.

The tuxedo vibe here appeals.

The print here is so subdued you could wear it with just about anything.

And yet I like the loudness of this option too.

A truly great plaid, and I love the collar on this jacket.

Who doesn’t need a Barbour rain poncho?

I’m also a big fan of windowpane check, and the one here is pretty great.

You can’t beat this classic buffalo plaid.

Here’s something similar, but a little cheaper.

I think I may really need this.

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Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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12 Thoughts on I’m feeling plaid outerwear
    Stella
    18 Sep 2017
    7:31am

    Yes! seventeen mag. For me the coveted hefty issue that came out every august during the late 70s early 80s …. a highlight of my youth

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    c.w.
    18 Sep 2017
    8:12am

    My muther gave me a subscription to Seventeen magazine the year I turned fourteen. She kept the subscription up for my four years of high school. For someone who lived in the middle of nowhere in the middle of southwest Texas I can say the magazine gave me something to yearn for even if the fashions shown on the pages were nowhere to be found outside of Dallas or Houston (shopping meccas beyond my reach).

    In spite of my muther dressing me in itchy plaid dresses (which I despised) for most of my childhood, in my adulthood I’ve learned to embraced the occasional thick plaid shirt (in part because of the grunge scene I lived through in Seattle). Plaid jacket/coat? Humm…something to admire on others.

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    Dana D
    18 Sep 2017
    9:02am

    I also have very happy Seventeen magazine memories.

    And I’ve wanted a plaid winter coat for I don’t know how long. I keep looking for the perfect one on eBay (Max Mara anyone?) because I can’t afford the new ones I love each season.

    Is there a way we can wear our Barbours inside-out and get a twofer?

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    Helen
    18 Sep 2017
    9:25am

    I have also been wanting a plaid fall coat–I saw a bunch of red and blue ones last year but never found out where they were from. Was hoping you’d post one like this:
    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/ac/dd/c1/acddc130d7a2f54d16b5717c7b9be2ca–fall-fashion-plaid-fall-winter-fashion.jpg
    Let me (us) know if you find it this season?
    Thanks!

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    Pamb
    18 Sep 2017
    9:29am

    Just as note on black and red: as a freshman sorority pledge I ordered my first sweatsuit (yes, you wore a matched set in 1983) in the house colors: light blue sweats with gold and white double backed letters. I thought that was the thing to do.

    My more sophisticated suburban pledge sisters (Tenax hair gel! Black Guess jeans! Harem pants!) ordered black sweats (I didn’t know there was such a thing) with red and white double backed letters. They oozed sophistication, and I knew black and red had to be the most ‘in’ color combination.

    Luckily I caught on in time to load up my arms with Madonna rubber bracelets and rhinestone bracelets!

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    Samara
    18 Sep 2017
    10:03am

    I’m a huge plaid fan – thanks for this. Any chance you can provide a link for the first jacket at the top that’s above the intro? I love that.

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      KimFrance
      18 Sep 2017
      12:02pm

      That’s a street style photo, Samara.

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      Ljchicago
      19 Sep 2017
      1:05pm

      I was going to ask the same thing!

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    Mary Alice
    18 Sep 2017
    11:24am

    I wore pleated navy blue and black plaid wool skirts with a navy wool cardigan in Catholic school for 8 years (try that outfit in September in Southern California, the hottest month of the year). I’ve just never been able to embrace plaid since (but that velvet trim jacket might do the job).

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    Heather
    18 Sep 2017
    12:14pm

    Like Kim and others I marveled at the back-to-school issue of Seventeen magazine, wondering not only where one would purchase such extraordinary items (I also lived in the middle of nowhere), but in what magical place one could wear wool in September without boiling. I realize now that I’ve always lived in climates with warm Falls and cold, wet Springs, so I inevitably laugh at the ‘current’ season offerings (though I do really well at after-Christmas sales, buying stuff I’ll inevitably wear until May).

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    Deborah Boland
    18 Sep 2017
    4:54pm

    I would pore over Seventeen magazine every month but the back-to-school September issue was in a class all it’s own. These are great picks of plaid. I especially love the ‘loud’ coat and to answer your question, everyone needs a Barbour rain poncho don’t they? 🙂

    Cheers,
    Deborah
    http://www.fabulousafter40.com

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    Mamavalveeta03
    19 Sep 2017
    11:12pm

    Great memory, Kim! Yup! Plaid screams fall, college football games, bonfires, and coziness. I love the loud Vince and the lumberjack Pendleton.

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