The rich plaid looks from Ralph Lauren's Fall 2008 collection have been stuck in my head — does anything say glamour, coziness, and hunting-lodge chic like this? They're looks that would be just as relevant now — I mean, look at how cool the structured jackets are with their oversize collars, especially as we go into the holidays. This collection is an oldie, but such a goodie, so I went on the, ahem, hunt, for some pieces that could work now. Keep reading to see what I found and how you should wear it now.
Plaid Outerwear: I love the idea of a boxy red plaid jacket over something black and superskinny, whether it's a black turtleneck with skinny pants and lace-up booties, or a fitted ribbed sweater dress. If you fall in love with a fitted plaid jacket, try it over a flowy black chiffon gown for an evening look . . . by way of Scotland. Also it's pretty genius to layer a cozy plaid blanket coat over a slinky sequin dress ($979) for a party-in-the-mountains look.
Dresses: Dresses are pretty easy to wear, but good ones, especially for evening, are hard to find. I couldn't find a one-shoulder gown that looked like Ralph Lauren's brilliant runway rendition, but you can create the effect by layering a plaid shawl over a solid black gown ($225) and belting it. Or try a maxi skirt and pair it with a gold sequin tank or anything black.
Skirts: I found some fabulous skirts, and all they really need is a skinny crewneck top if they're full, or a slouchy sweater if they're skinny like this Rick Owens ($600) version. Finish it with a pair of booties, and you've got the look.
Remember to Accessorize: A belt is a genius way to break up a big print and also to create shape: one of the things that worked so well about this collection was using a belt to create beautiful, curvy silhouettes. The use of feathers was also dramatic, giving it that English hunting expedition feel, so capture that with a clutch or earrings — or even a hat.
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