Mad About Plaid.

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Outfit Details | Jacket (J Crew), Turtleneck (J Crew), Dress (J Crew, old but similar here), Denim Jacket (J Crew, similar), Tights (Hue), Boots (Frye), Necklace (J Crew, old but similar here), Lipstick (MAC Ruby Woo), Sunglasses (Karen Walker), Purse (Coach).

While plaid is usually synonymous with fall and winter, I have been seeing more plaid this winter than I have seen in quite some time. While I have always liked plaid, I never really owned plaid clothing. Maybe I thought that plaid was hard to match with other pieces of clothing or that it seemed to “Christmasy” for my taste. However, over the past few years, I have found myself much more drawn to classic tartan inspired clothing. This winter, I decided to take the plunge and add some plaid to my closet.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on this J Crew Buffalo Check Peacoat and I absolutely adore it. The colors, navy and red (a nice change from the classic black and red combination) are a bold change from what I usually look for in a coat. Also, I rarely ever buy a shorter coat to wear during winter because I typically like a longer coat length for extra warmth. However, this peacoat surpassed many of my initial expectations (it will be too short, it won’t match anything in my closet, and the double breasted peacoat will look weird on me). I discovered that it was refreshing to have a winter coat that did not look like all of the other ones in my closet and was surprised that I actually really liked that it was more fitted.

When I first started researching this coat, many reviewers claimed that the coat was stiff and scratchy. I can definitely see some truth in both of those comments, but I found that the wool was not too scratchy for my taste, especially since the coat is COMPLETELY lined. I’m talking lined down the arms and all throughout the jacket. Side Rant: It is so shocking to see that many coats that claim to be “fully lined” are not lined down the arms! Talk about frustrating, especially when the coat is made of wool. Hello, itchy arms. End rant. I also didn’t find this peacoat to be too stiff. I definitely think that this coat runs small. I ordered mine in a size 6, which is my typical size, and the arms were on the tighter side. But, as you can see, I was able to fit a denim jacket, a turtleneck, and the sleeves of a dress all into the sleeves of the jacket so I can definitely make the size 6 work.

After I received this jacket, I realized that it is actually very versatile. The classic print brings an effortless vibe while the peacoat cut makes any outfit seem put together. Also, this jacket really seems to work well with other colors. I was even thinking about pairing it with lighter colors, like pink and purple, for an unexpected twist. One thing I love about fashion is that my personal style is constantly changing and that I continue to try different styles. I can’t wait to discover more outfit combinations with this coat as winter progresses!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Bumma
    December 31, 2013 / 3:47 pm

    Luv the coat! Looks FAB!!!!!

  2. Linda
    January 12, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    Hi! Beautiful boots- wondering what color those are from Frye?


    • January 13, 2014 / 12:43 pm

      Hi Linda! Thanks for writing. The color of the Frye boots that I’m wearing is called Dark Brown Stone Antiqued. Happy shopping!

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