Mad About Plaid – Jo Bayley Revisits Iconic Fashion Choices


chloe-coatSometimes I get a tad obsessive about a certain colour or print.

Right now I’m just mad about plaid, crazy for checks and smitten with tartan!

I think it all started whilst I was flicking through Australian interiors magazine Belle.

Out of the page jumped a fabulous carpet by Brintons.

Brintons Black & White carpetIt’s black and cream check and I just love it. So much so, it’s now gracing my bedroom floors!

Since then it seems this print is everywhere.

One of my favourite labels that do a great plaid is Rails.

This American brand specialise in super soft shirts made from rayon in super colour combinations.

I love the relaxed fit and casual elegance.

I know they have reinvented the lumberjack shirt.

rails-britt-shirtThat’s what fashion is all about, reimagining classics.

For summer I’d love the “Britt” sleeveless shirt in cobalt blue and white check.

Fresh and fun.

They also do shirt dresses, knitwear and cotton not just for women, but men and kids too.

burberry-light-grey-check-lined-wrapMy other favourite is classic British label Burberry.

You just can’t go past the iconic trench coat.

It’s a piece that will take you from day to night, year after year for decades to come.

There is something to be said for buying quality.

Their check lined wool wrap in light grey is my pick.

It’s a beautiful combination that could be worn with many other colours.

I also love the staple monogrammed silk and cashmere scarf.

These are like wrapping yourself in a cuddly cloud.

There is something so comforting in the combination of these fabrics.

In my eyes, Burberry never dates.

While I know the price point is high, if you work out the cost per wear over the years, it’s actually very reasonable.

How many $20 or $50 pieces do you buy only to wear them one season, or even less, one wear.


Add that up and you might get a nasty surprise!

From her Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Diane Von Furstenberg brought us the freshness of black and white gingham print.

I love that she softened the look by the choice of floaty chiffon for the bottom half of this classic wrap dress.

Such a Bridgette Bardot vibe!

Gingham is one of my absolute favourite prints, very feminine and men seem to go mad for it.

Michael Kors included gorgeous ginghams in his spring 2015 collection.

PlaidThese had a “50’s feel with a modern twist.

Chloe also embraced the check in two guises.

First this white dress with a bold black graphic, looking gorgeous on Olivia Palermo and the checked wool blend cape in a divine colour combination.

As I often say, if you don’t feel confident to embrace an all over look, accessories are the way to go.

Be it a scarf, bag or shoes, there’s something for everyone.

Checks, plaids and tartans stand the test of time and can offer a refined twist to the latest look.

When you’re feeling like a new look in your wardrobe, why not cast your eye over these classic prints.


CiaoJo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015


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