Exploiting Plaid

Leandra Medine | February 1, 2012

You asked, here it is: another installment of Lesson in Layering. During the last round, copious different prints were a focal point. Today, we look to only one print and in the true spirit of our values, aim to exploit the shit out of it. First there was a small cheers to suede, then there was leather, an important post to recall as the use of skirt over pant was evidently being implemented before–and some may argue after–its time, then came a look at layers of denim and that was weird but I made the executive decision to let it go live nonetheless. And now, we have plaid. Loads of it.

Isabel Marant blouse, Camilla and Marc skirt, Superga sneakers

You’re offended, I get it, this is an unusual photos to look at for me too. Important though, figure this: the starting point features Man Repeller clenched against the corner of two walls. Sure, it’s a plaid skirt, it’s a plaid blouse, but ultimately, it’s…nothing. The opposite of fashion’s everything indeed.

And so the layering process begins. Alas, you guessed it, another look at layering skirts. Last time I used this guy to emulate a certain Liv Tyler, an onlooker asked what prep school I went to. The Brittany Spears sentiment attached halted my wearing of the skirt. But then I layered it, so, morale is high.

Uniqlo blouse

Two plaid shirts in the same color scheme: not a happy accident. Pretty strategic, actually. Now, leg pops up against wall a la Danny Zuko and copious plaid strategically placed a la Kurt Cobain. Intense facial expression does not yet relieve the mouth nor does it explain whatever my eyebrows and lids are doing. Let’s move forward.

Thakoon jacket

Behold, layer five. That’s three plaid uptop, two plaid down below. But now, where most people stop, we ask the inevitable question: what can we do to make this more offensive? –This is a question you should ask yourself with but every layer you pile on. It ultimately ain’t over ’til your Joey Tribiani moment.

Ralph Lauren socks, Miu Miu booties

Eureka! Socks and sandals, of course. Here’s to a pair of Miu Miu shoes that unintentionally stand the test of plaid blocking paired with a pair of Synagogue socks–yes, I went there–taken from an undergarment drawer in my sixteen-year-old brother’s room. And that’s it, that’s the whole thing.

Your turn. All photos by Naomi Shon, duh.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10941820965702663952 B.Weber

    Not gonna lie, this is pretty amazing. You have the best style.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04064869715597184361 Melissa

    Haha! I just love your style and how you have fun with fashion!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00249594611456435173 Daniela

    I love the look and the jacket!

  • http://seutedeern.tumblr.com/ Anne

    'quilty' as charged. i like i i like. wish i had your legs to wear skirts short like that.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12918661464750203232 Doni Brown
  • http://theurbanflamingo.blogspot.com KAITLYN MCCALL

    You are amazing Leandra. Effortless.

    Kaitlyn McCall


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11437578466387596372 Brigita

    I think that you are the only one that can truly pull this off. It's amazing!
    Now I wanna do some layering with plaid.

    xx Brigita

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09213086461076294033 Ms. Style Junkie

    Cuteness again! Your the Shhh…
    Ms. Style Junkie


  • http://theautumnissue.com Karissa

    Love the Thakoon jacket over the plaid layers – adorable! The Miu Miu booties with socks are amazing too. xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13067395970281265221 call me debbie

    A little more plaid and then you die!!! 😀

    Awesome, i love, just love your face expressions
    and your red sneakers to be completely honest!!

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  • http://www.tinacious.me/ Tinacious.Me

    Love the layering! You make fashion so much fun!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05695254903533992167 Donna

    Amazing! Have to admit I was a little scared after each photo, then at the end I loved it!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16850159089269703045 Lady Danburry

    I loved everything. fearless. brilliant.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270928274656422504 Leira Zetroc

    Absolutely great repulsive layering! And I still want a pair of those diiivviinnnee Miu Miu's!


  • http://nocigarmagazine.com/cindiemindie Cindie

    You have some amazing talent. Love it!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08884059388253684523 Estherina

    Love this outfit! Great mix of prints.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11701982951282476485 diana kang

    HAHA seriously noone can do ANYTHING better than yoU! you are my fav xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02737163812469633308 Sania Cuk

    I could safely say that is one of the best layering outcomes I've ever seen. LOOKS GREAT ans yes will repell men no doubt about 😉

    signed http://www.styleintoxicated.com i.e huge fan of yours

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12444354823917477857 erotiquerobique

    i love your style! and your energy! you seem to be a good person! keep that!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01640802214527359190 Karalyn Rae

    Look at all that plaid. So 90's. Its like watching a Boy Meets World episode.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06237339378013084155 Michelle of Chellbellz

    WELL…this one for the books. I didn't think a ton of plaid would go well, but I love this outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon

    I love these posts!
    You are so funny :p

    The outfit looks great on you.
    You're a total genius to come up with that look, I would never think of it.
    Even with your layering lessons I can't pull it off :p

    xxx from the Netherlands


  • Anonymous

    Wow! You're a witty writer. Well done. (And the outfits are quirky and adorable.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16542317510022502031 Styling Black

    Amazingg!!! Really love all of this rad plaid…
    in the second paragraph did you mean photo instead of photos? (no criticizing here, just offering a hand)
    you're great!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03961268464458851788 Superblondeep

    I looove this mixture! good job xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02527008933557848354 Emmy

    Best one so far, Leandra!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05415023400998052179 duckalicious

    so, yeah … I googled "synagogue socks" … and found this: "Tel Aviv synagogue manager nearly stabbed after commenting on smell of visitor's socks" … pretty good!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    loving the last look with all the layers and these awesome wedges


  • Anonymous

    Never mind the plaid. Is that an engagement ring you're wearing? Let's see it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02173453161137562316 Jannine

    haha this one turned out absolutely awesome! -not that the other ones didn´t- lol
    xo jannine

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15901568084463124376 matchalattewardrobe

    The Thakoon jacket and the Isabel Marant blouse rock, especially put together!
    The layering process is just perfect here.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10620055662327066024 Lary Mello

    HAHAHAHA I love it! =)



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    I Love your Look!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10147568168250249943 thestyleflux

    WOW! love how they all work together! 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts

    this may be one of my favorite outfits of all times. I LOOOVE the plaid on plaid (on plaid on plaid) <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02989532803712447333 Ms. Champagne

    this is genius, i didn't even know plaid could be mixed like this. love it.

    xoxo champagne

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00638613257033227310 Charlene Gondo

    you're my fashion Guru!! So creative. Whenever I got confused about what am I going to wear , I always open your blog.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05341364283594095802 sorelle in style

    And here I was thinking I was all bad ass layering stripes and plaid – this is amazing! Danny Zuko pose FTW 😉

    sorelle in style

  • http://lovekhrys.com Khrys

    You definitely look like a hobbit scrunched up in the corner like that… I actually prefer the pumps over the sneakers… It refines the look… If there's refinement to be had here.

  • http://materialfixations.blogspot.com/ Material Fixations

    This is halerious, inappropriate and sort of ….. cool? I really like the jacket over the shirts, if they haden't all been plaid it wouls have been a total sucess.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09355135040282153827 The Fashion Estate

    You seriously got me laughing out loud. Love your style (of writing and of clothing) so much.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15191989499526879770 Holly

    You look amazing- I could never! Love that bottom skirt

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  • Bko

    Spotted you on East End Ave, today. The outfit looks good!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12759545260010101486 The PvdH Journal

    While I would probably never go as far as mixing plaid to boot the way you do (this look only few like you can totally rock), I am definitely digging plaid with polka dotted tights (the safer version you might call it!).

    Your best post in a while Leandra !

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15277859070541431334 lusafdie

    I don't know why, but whenever I see these Lessons in Layering posts I cant help but think "okay, she has definitely gone mad now" or "what the heck is she doing this time?!" (I know, stupid, I know), and yet you completely surprise me (or not surprise me at all really, I should have a bit more faith) in the end by totally nailing the outfit. Truly amazing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15057101385427278906 The little world of fashion

    Excellent photos! You rocks darling!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00639273377908956957 Cassie Lee
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16252874556816125168 White List

    You're style is so British! 🙂 Unafraid to try anything! Love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18371553258990545624 Chelsea

    You are my favorite person in the history of ever.

  • http://www.sickcitywindows.com Dani

    Seriously exploit-ive!!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359361617617808742 maverick diva

    I like this look A LOT!!


  • http://thelookandlisten.blogspot.com Neijah

    These pics are hilarious and the look turned out to be AMAAAAZING! LOL



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04058679287659698122 Elinor Mattingly

    Catholic school girl gone wrong + old man raiding his plaid drawer = magic
    pretty amazing I must say………

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10418547238996143646 YoUngLiNgToN

    Ok, I took the note ! Gonna apply this on my man style …


  • http://www.peoplewearfashion.com isaobeso

    I adore plads!! and the unexpected silver shoe at the end marks the very best difference!!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04187676675669056739 Nathalia
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    This is positively one of my favorite looks you have ever done. Thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288432619173575521 Creativity&Chocolate

    Hahaha, a little absurd but the endresult is amazing! LOve it 😉


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18149826832824168606 erin g.

    Hand pistol back to you. Oh you should be named in the history record, awesomeness.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12620583863368199041 Sweet Indigo Road

    this is awesome! one of your best posts 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02696791301233732919 Natalie

    I have a feeling you are the ultimate goofball in real life 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16727139403656024808 Rola

    Love your expressions in the pics. Amazing outfit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    that is a lot of plaid. me gust.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18090883048976614929 Laura89

    Love all looks!!!!! and the fun in your pics 😉


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  • Eliana

    This is one of my favorite posts ever! The only thing that's missing is a plaid hair party 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06275266418862832332 Mary

    The look started out, not so, welll… hot. Enter: layering. And somehow it's magically transformed. Nice!

  • http://www.culturekitty.com Christine

    I think your face in photo #2 is my favorite Man Repelling mug yet.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08316253138980986393 Blair Badge

    You are my hero.

    xoxo, Blair


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09383840833706569858 Ella

    love this! i'd never this so many different plaid prints would work, but you pulled it off perfectly (which you always do!)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16463938394811959878 Genie

    I never would've though that plaid could pop in so many ways… I really like the last detail, very nice, socks with heels. Nailed it girl!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    fun plaid mix!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09547386389107730210 Kesly

    Plaid on plaid on plaid… on plaid… is SO COOL! 😀


  • http://iwanttodiewithmydress.blogspot.com irem

    Pretty woman!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02951349011548151895 Incognito

    Your ability of layering is incredible and you make it in such a funny that is not possible for me not to laugh while reading you.

    Shug'A'Very from Incognito


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13952052912158309814 Jayvee Doroteo

    some crazy choices, but they still look good somehow. . . Funny this is I'm a man err BOY and I'm not really being repelled, I guess it doesn't apply to me since I'm a fashionboy. Such great inspiration for me to experiment more and get out of my comfort zone. Thanks (:


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11219240318835972906 Vibeke

    Ah, you are just TO COOL!! 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17792982397373743318 Bela Monstro

    Fuck! That layering ended out just perfect! I'm amazed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    plaid overload! i love it!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15223607525953986409 Kayla @ www.sealedwithakay.com

    I'm convinced you could pull anything off, and bring a smile to my face! Thanks as always!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10662847236197368036 Swapnil

    Absolutely adorable!!!
    Love you Thakoon jacket <3


  • http://adahliavolk.com Chrissy

    Your facial expressions definitely make the outfit! Plaid looks good on you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10478167756280780123 Madeline Paige

    This is actually too hilarious and super chic at the same time. very impressive.

  • http://lestyleengineer.blogspot.com/ M

    so cool! I want to wear all this all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16840531070621155840 Quintessence

    Your style is awesome! The way you mixed the plaids is amazing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09751227495638404186 Meredith Howard

    Very funny…and actually makes me want to wear some plaid.

    – Meredith

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01321688876180838093 Ría
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11068517127745828244 Seeking Style

    I love your pictures!

    xo Jennifer


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  • Angela

    after you put on the thakoon jacket, it was like, crap that looks fucking amazing…keep on being awesome MR

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16139203454027934003 Mark Lee

    You've inspired me to put my plaid vest under my solid black Murano jacket. With blue denim jeans and my brown leather Rockports, I'll be ready to pick fashion fights on the mean streets of Chelsea.

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    girl you’re just unbeliveable, it seems i’ve been skipping like 3/4 of my dressing up for my whole life.

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