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Friday, October 28th 2011

1 Piece 2 Ways: Plaid

10-28-11_1piece2waysOn left: Haley. On right: Amanda.

Year after year, when the leaves turn and snowflakes dust the ground, plaid emerges. But with stripes, lines, and bold colors, plaid can be an intimidating print to work with. We asked two of our stylists to put their own spin on these McQ plaid trousers.

Feminine with an Edge
“Plaid is a great way to punch up a boring outfit. I lean toward classic, feminine pieces with an edge, and these plaid pants have the perfect amount of attitude. The zippers screamed to be paired with leather, so I layered an A.L.C. blazer over a soft T by Alexander Wang top. Neutral shoes (Schutz heels fit the bill) balance the outfit and keep the plaid from veering into grunge territory.”


Relaxed Classic
“I love to take well-tailored, classic pieces and relax an element to make the look my own. Plaid is actually a relatively safe palette to work with—the classic pattern allows for a lot of creativity when building a look. To keep these pants from looking too traditional, I added an unconventional pop of color with a lilac Acne sweater and brought in contrasting texture with a pair of patent Alexander Wang pumps.”


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