I like to joke that well-dressed men in New York have a weekend uniform of jeans and stylish plaid shirts. I'm not complaining — I've been conditioned to approve of this look — but it does make me wary of incorporating plaid in the interior, wondering if it's just a fad that will soon go the way of the pleat-front khaki (HOW was that ever ok?!).
As savvy and responsible consumers, we should all aspire to decorate with things that won't be out of style in 6 months. But are hot patterns like gingham and plaid too classic to be dismissed as a fad?
Gingham can sometimes come across as too sweet or rustic, but these images show that it has a distinctly sophisticated side, which makes me feel better about wearing my gingham blouse in a non-picnic setting.
So consider the images and weigh in: are gingham and plaid trendy? Or timeless?
Plaid couch and gingham curtains via decoratualma
Plaid chair via Brabourne Farm
Gingham blanket via Glam Lamb
Plaid walls via House to Home
Gingham walls in Jeffrey Bilhuber's apartment, photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor
Ikea gingham slipcover via Cote de Texas
Yellow gingham chair with a blue plaid rug from House Beautiful
via Brabourne Farm
Gloria Vanderbilt and family on her pink gingham sofa in the 1970s, via Cote de Texas
Gingham ceiling via Apartment Therapy
Ed Westwick rocking head-to-toe plaid via Go Fug Yourself
Images as linked above.