Who said checks were just for winter? Sure, a plaid skirt in pleated red wool is a festive season staple, but there are plenty of options when it comes to plaids that work for the warmer months — it’s all about fabrications, silhouette, and styling.
From easy separates to accessories that check all the right boxes — see what we did there? — Rebecca Tay presents five plaid pieces that are not just appropriate, but ideal for summer.
Even if you’re not a Gwyneth fan — because we get it, not everyone is — there’s no denying that she always looks great. She’s a pretty great businesswoman, too, if you’ve been following what she’s done with Goop over the years. If you haven’t, well, get acquainted with G.Label, its in-house label of pieces that are simple, stylish, and never over the top. We love this checked Charlie Utility mini dress, which has summer picnic vibes thanks to its black-and-white gingham print and a sleek, easy-to-wear shape.
Goop, goop.com | $696
WEAR THE PANTS
Pants + summer + plaid seems like an unlikely combination, but Acne Studios does a pretty good job at proving us wrong with these pleated trousers. Maybe it’s the light palette of cream and grey, or maybe it’s their loose, everything-but-clingy shape, but we can definitely see ourselves wearing these now — and all the way through winter.
Neighbour, shopneighbour.com | $600 ($420)
Over the past few seasons, Vancouver brand The Sleep Shirt has been working hard to expand its size range, and we’ve been pretty impressed with the results. Many pieces, including this long nightshirt in a summer-weight, 100 per cent cotton, are now available in up to a size 4X, and they’ll be releasing styles that fit up to a size 5X later this year.
The Sleep Shirt, intothebedroom.com | $235
We’re big fans of the colour palette on this cotton shopper — it’s the epitome of trans-seasonal, no? What’s more, it’s big enough for all your summer and early autumn essentials, and looks chic teamed with everything from a playsuit or breezy linen dress right now to jeans and ankle boots later.
Zara, zara.com | $59.90
A plaid story wouldn’t be complete without a plaid skirt. And a plaid skirt story wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Cher Horowitz. Right? Yes, Clueless came out more than 25 years ago, but it remains as classic as ever, just like Emma, the Jane Austen novel it was based on, and continues to prove that a cute plaid skirt really does work any day or time of the year. This ‘Olive’ version by Aritzia’s youthful in-house brand, Sunday Best, comes in 20 colours — including 11 different checks — and a 15” and 17” version. Talk about options.
Aritzia, aritzia.com | $88