Checkmate

Plaid has evolved from its origins as a singularly Scottish textile into a ubiquitous pattern that heralds in autumn. The graphic heritage print is not a staple for the bashful, as it goes beyond pared down flannel best left in the 90s. Case in point: this amped-up take on tartan that is meant to highlight the standout in the crowd. Designers like GUCCI and BALLY crafted the design into edgy suiting that evokes a vibe akin to 70s Super Fly: double-breasted jackets cut close to the body and pants that expose the ankles.

L.B.M. 1911 used the finest Italian fabrics in a play on a madras plaid to create a jacket sure to add an extra punch. FERRAGAMO incorporated the design to enhance a traditional overcoat and LOUIS VUITTON brings it to the everyday with a sporty jacket. The pattern is part of the brand DNA at RALPH LAUREN, where plaids have become the very definition of Americana. The house’s black-watch plaid jacket is both subtle and strong.