Sometimes, I don’t know who loves Christmas more: Buddy the Elf, Jesus (the birthday boy himself) or me.
The problem with being so stoked on a holiday that you celebrate it for the entirety of one dedicated month, however, is that certain things get mentally assigned to that month. It can be very hard to unlearn these associations. For example, I cannot look at candy canes, the combo of red and green, snowmen or fir trees without thinking “Christmas.”
That’s all fine and well leading up to the holiday, but when it ends, it can be hard to see those things…without thinking “Christmas.” And I know how easy it is to let plaid slip into this category.
See? She thinks it’s funny.
Plaid is so often characterized by its theme (if not Christmas than punk, ’90s grunge or a Scottish Fling) that we rarely let it just be. Sometimes plaid is just plaid!
Although I will admit it’s quite festive.
Below and above, four ways to wear plaid that won’t give you a Christmas complex — one that forces your prized tartan item to the black of your closet for three seasons until you once again deem it fit for visual consumption.
As for the “HOW TO” portion of this thought process, all you have to do is wear it like a neutral. Let this be your khaki. Do not worry about it clashing. I’d avoid pairing cliché Christmas colors with it, if you can, and instead use the pattern as an anchor for anything else that feels as equally confusing in your closet. (Two clashes often make a right.) Wear plaid proudly, much like your leopard print coat that you finally stopped reserving for Special Occasions Only.
And whatever. Be a little dramatic about it.
Follow our lovely model Alisha (she’s a student, what!?) on Instagram @alisha.b1. Styled by Amelia Diamond; photos by Krista Anna Lewis; market assistance by Elizabeth Tamkin.