The last couple of seasons it’s been all about the solid color coat in all forms – pea coat, overcoat, nylon.  But I love the idea of bringing some pattern back into outerwear.


I love the idea of it especially in the context of those big, plaid coats – with shorter sleeves, and at a hip length and no longer – but the most important thing is to have some sort of nipped waist (see above); without it you look like some sort of giant square.



Even if it doesn’t come with that kind of silhouette, it’s reasonably easy for any tailor to add a dart in the back, as you would with a shirt.


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  1. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    September 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    This would look amazing on a handsome man!

  2. Nam

    September 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Haha I agree with Antonia!

    Plaid looks good!

    - Nam

  3. Scott the Reluctant Banker

    September 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I am very happy to see the plaid trend keeping alive for another season. I have noticed some plaid coats in Copenhagen now that our summer is over.

  4. theglitterpost

    September 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Love this, preppy cool.


  5. Nomadic D

    September 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    It is nice to see some bold patterns for a change. My preference would be towards something a wee bit more understated, like herringbone, but it is a breath of fresh air all the same.

  6. Erica

    September 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I like the colour of the pic to the right. the look so elegant…

  7. Mark

    September 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Digging the one on the right…anyone know where/what/who?

  8. Alicja

    September 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    This type of pattern is a challenge, but well combined with the rest of the outfit can make a very cood look

  9. Nicole of Dans Les DĂ©tails

    September 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Loving the length/collar of the red jacket

  10. OT

    September 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    They look wonderful! My love for plaid returns each year in early August and slowly builds up to Christmas, and ends on January 1. To me plaid symbolize warmth, tradition and “cosyness”. You can´t be bad if you´re wearing plaid!

  11. Paul Gonzales

    September 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Love the plaid !

  12. Natas

    September 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Some ideas to find this type of plaid coat ?

  13. Angeles

    September 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Fabulous plaid! perfect for winter and soft in our bodies!

  14. Carl

    September 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Fashion people in Madrid http://xurl.e

  15. Patricia

    September 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Oh, yes, a man in a nicely cut plaid jacket is good old-fashioned handsomeness.

  16. Natas

    September 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Agree with Erica, the plaid coat to the right is very elegant ! Some ideas to find this type of plaid coat ?

  17. commefraiche

    September 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I would choose the coat on the right as it looks more tailored

  18. Thesecretcloset

    September 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I think these look great because they are so comfortable!!! And they are so smart casual!!! Love them!

  19. Remy

    September 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    The blue plaid coat looks even elegant because of the nipped waist.

  20. Parisian ShoeGals

    September 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I would love to steal these plaid jackets to my man!

  21. Fashionthroughtravel

    September 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    The one on the right looks awesome!

  22. NYCboy

    September 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Plaid is the way to go especially on a pea coat.

  23. vooss atelier

    September 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

  24. Hoteles Baratos

    September 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Fashion is cyclical as history, every few years, the old trends come to life and become role models with passion.

    What trend will continue next winter of 2012?


  25. Labella Luxe

    September 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Remembering the plaid shirts from long ago!


    September 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Love that jacket!

  27. Bohemain Style

    September 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I love plaid coats but wish they made in newer, more fun colors.

  28. kelliblue

    September 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I’m originally from Wisconsin. These coats do not bring back good memories, handsome man or not, ick.

  29. Vanessa Versiani

    September 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Perfect silhouette. Certainly, if they were squared coats it wouldn’t be nice.

  30. Albert

    September 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I prefer bold or herringbone patterns for a coat, but still, it ¡s an interesting pattern (especially the one on the right).

  31. Linda

    September 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Plaid is definitely a must this season.

    I like how you juxtaposed these two photos and how both subjects have their collars popped.

  32. Harry

    September 13, 2011 at 12:33 am

    What’s wrong with looking like a giant square? I rather like perpendicular lines in an outfit.

  33. Style Anywhere

    September 13, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Great for countries with 4 seasons! Events would be a great excuse to wear this in Singapore. I would love to own one too!

  34. Paulina

    September 13, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Seems like you’re gonna do a whole lot of fall shopping!
    I love all your ideas. I wish I could convince my boyfriend of something like that…

    Can’t wait for some fall-streetstyles!

  35. Erik Gavrilov

    September 13, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Very nice! Great shots Scott.

    As a tailor, I can tell you most definitely a personal silhouette can be achieved if the coat is bought boxy, the cost depending on the severity of the change. Any one reading can visit a local tailor to see how they can help.

    What’s great about these large plaid patterns is the versatility with proportions, if the fit is balanced, it can look great on most anyone, given the colors work with their skin tone and personality.

  36. selina

    September 13, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I like it!

    love, selina

  37. The Pilgrim

    September 13, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Oh, I love the idea, maybe hard to find here in Europe, even in vintage stores? It seems like more of an American thing?

  38. songbird

    September 13, 2011 at 6:49 am

    this post reminds me of the beautiful plaid jacket i saw that day but i was in a rush and couldn’t go back to the trial room!

  39. thefashionguitar

    September 13, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I’m gonna buy one for my BF!

    XO Charlotte

  40. vintage engagement rings

    September 13, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I love plaid for the fall….. its a nice change for the season!

  41. chrisdesu

    September 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I LOVE to see these style jackets! They are always a winner!

    Dying to wear a coat…. Im in Tokyo and its still so humid here! Bring on the Autumn and new styles :)

  42. Dimitra

    September 13, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I really like these.

  43. monkeyshines

    September 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

    classic plaids!


  44. Kate

    September 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

    But please be sure the plaid matches at the seams!!

  45. Patricia

    September 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    those look great !!

  46. Jo

    September 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Those coats are so stylish and smart! I love how they fit… WOW!

  47. IS THIS IT? models review

    September 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Honestly I’m not a super fan of plaid coat… but at least it has to be fitting: super sized ones (and I see a lot around) are simply awful imo.

  48. Scottie M

    September 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I’m dying to know where the blue plaid jacket is from. Does anyone know?

  49. une chatte grise

    September 14, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Ooooooh, nice.
    I like the one on the left best–it’s roomy enough that it looks like a functional coat but is still clean-lined. And that fabric looks warm and cuddly.

  50. Tim

    September 14, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Dying to know that too! It looks really good. I want one!

  51. Ben

    September 14, 2011 at 10:21 am

    This photo sent me on a three-hour search for a jacket similar to the one on the right. Someone please put me out of my misery.

  52. bigfan

    September 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    i start to like your comments as much as your fab pictures

  53. Jane

    September 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Immediately brought to mind my parents college photos from the late 50′s. Looks great.

  54. Wynne Saunders

    September 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    The one on the right was from last Falls Scotch & Soda collection…..I wore mine to death last year, and have had it in storage since! I’ve just bought a vintage Woolrich red & black plaid one, and am now waiting impatiently for the weather to turn colder!

  55. Joe

    September 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Scott, please find out where the coat on the left came from. i need it. thanks.

  56. A.J.

    September 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    please say this is not in NY yet. season pushers ? it is very hot here still.
    nicely cut plaid, but don’t PUSH too hard yet, for the love of credibility.

  57. jamie cullen

    December 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Anybody any idea if the coat on the right is still available anywhere?

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