I used to have a short-sleeved, tie-neck blouse from Forever 21 in buffalo plaid that looked great with a basic black-cardi-and-jeans combo. But being from Forever 21 and of dubious quality, after a year of wear it mysteriously shrank so much in the shoulders that I had to give it away. (The boy was kind of sad about it. He loved that blouse on me.) Anyway, I didn't realize what a buffalo-checked hole this blouse left in my wardrobe until we were in Seattle last month and I spotted this J. Crew shirt. In the dressing room, it was love at first wear. The soft cotton--no, make that softest cotton ever--felt perfectly worn in and draped just so. Forget online stalking this shirt hoping it would go on sale; I was sold right then and there.
Since then, I've been extra aware of this perennially popular print while window-shopping in stores and online. The good news for those who are as much a fan of it as I am is that buffalo plaid is back with a vengeance. Sleeker cuts, more luxe fabrics, and oversize graphic patterns make this new crop of printed pieces a little more fashion-forward, a little less lumberjack. Wear them during the holiday season for a festive vibe, and pull them out again next autumn when the leaves start falling. Here are some of my favourite pieces in one of my favourite prints.