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The Fab 40s Take On Plaid

The Fab 40s Take On Plaid | Sheela Writes

Some say Plaid.

Yet others say Tartan.


However you call, that criss-cross pattern of horizontal with vertical bands in various palettes (red being most popular, regardless of season) is instantly recognisable by one and all.  And I couldn’t be more delighted that The Fab 40s is showcasing its unique spin on plaid for this month’s edition.

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I shan’t be writing much today.

Every now and again, a sabbatical is required.  To recharge.  Reboot.  Re-energise.  And that too is true where my brain is concerned because, as of Christmas Eve, it has been officially on hiatus.  I kid you not.

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So for today, please enjoy some truly pleasing eye candy from The Fab 40s and our guest, all in the name of plaid (or tartan, whichever floats your boat).  And let me know which is your fave out of the eight.  I know, it’s a toughie.

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Plaid Capelet & Bowie Top (thrifted) | Leather Culottes (Forever21) | Spiked Suede Booties (Make Me Chic) | Detective Trench Bag (Gaultier) | Sunnies & Jewellery (Poshmark) 


Ann, Kremb de la Kremb

Kremb de la Kremb

How adorable does Ann look in all plaid?  Trust her to be in this print from head to toe and pull it off with much success.  I’m always in awe of how she takes a (seemingly) novelty theme, and then turns it around into something completely fresh.

Diane, Fashion On The Fourth Floor

Fashion On The Fourth Floor

This is my personal fave of the plaid lot.  I mean, an entire suit fabricated in tartan???  And those poet cuffs.  And metallic silver loafers.  Good golly, Ms Molly Diane.  You are my idol.  I mean, I’ve already been fan-girling over your outfits in the past but this takes the cake.

Jennie, A Pocketful Of Polka Dots

A Pocketful Of Polka Dots

Is anyone else envious of how Jennie is totally wearing Christmas colours and yet she doesn’t appear in the least bit gimmicky?  That she looks amazing in red and green with plaid and animal print all thrown into the mix?  Positively divine.

Mary, Curly Byrdie Chirps

Curly Byrdie Chirps

Mary looks picture perfect in this red upon red upon red ensemble.  So many pretty details to drool over such as the teeny ruching in the middle of her sleeve, creating a subtle voluminous effect.  The buttery smoothness of her suede MJs.  The obi belt.  Drool.

Sam, Fake Fabulous

Fake Fabulous

So I love that clutch.  Like seriously love lust.  And how that stunning obi belt is adding such a textural interest to the waistline.  Plus the glint on her fuchsia peep toes are beckoning to me like a siren song.  I’ve seriously never seen Sam wear anything I haven’t coveted.

Veronica, CID Style File

CID Style File

I would personally wear what Veronica’s wearing any time, any day of the year.  It’s such a cool, laidback look that speaks volumes of “I woke up like this” chic.  And the print of that scarf takes everything up a notch or three.  Beautiful pattern play here.

Please join me in welcoming Alison of Get Your Pretty On, our guest blogger for December.  Whilst her blog and style viewpoint are fairly new to me, I’ve no doubt I will be a new fan.  Understated though her aesthetics may be, I love that Alison gathers little details to add whimsy and fun to her outfit.  That leopard clutch, for instance, and the fuzzy fringe of that fabulous statement neckpiece.   She looks precisely like how I’d imagine an off-duty model would.  Poised, effortless, polished.  Thank you for being a part of The Fab 40s this month, Alison!!

Get Your Pretty On

And then, there’s me.  With my capelet and yes, culottes (I know, right, but at least they’re leather), and Bowie shirt (one needs Mr Stardust for some razzle dazzle), and spiked booties which have not made an appearance in a very long time (must rectify that). Oh and my Detective Trench bag because, well, just because it’s red.  And I like it.

The Fab 40s Take On Plaid | Sheela Writes

 How do you wear plaid?

Do you feel it’s something seasonal?

Or an all year long staple piece?

Love, Sheela

Finally made the transition to AV and am now on YouTube as well as Snapchat (sheela.goh), would adore your support through subscribing to my channel/adding my snaps. 

Pretty please?

p/s my photos are by Sofia Touassa

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  2. Nancy says

    Beautiful cape and that Bowie tee is fabulous! I ve been to the exhibition in March about his live. It was magical!


  3. samantha4blair says

    I knew I could rely on you to SMASH IT Sheela!
    Once again I am inspired by your interpretation of our theme.
    Edgy and fabulous!


  4. Sheela your such a cool chick, totes love this entire look! Bowie is always a winner in my book. However I must admit I am having serious envy over the plaid cape! TOO FAB, no wonder you called this collab Fab 40’s….Like pee-wee would always say “takes one to know one’ ha ha ha
    Can’t wait for more fab 40’s in 2017!! Cheers and happy new year!! ❤


  5. No Fear of Fashion says

    You look freeking fabulous. Who would have thought that a pair of wide cropped pants would look so good on a not so tall woman? Great styling Sheelah.


  6. Wow Sheela! I am in loooooooooove with tartan. ♥ Your look is stunning! and this bowie shirt!!! woohoo. All ladys look amazing. Tartan is great.
    Thanks for linking up with Tinaspinkfriday. Happy new year Sheela 🙂


  7. I had no doubts you would inspire the crap out of me again this month with your look! You pulled together the coolest look by far with such ease!!! You are so effortless in your approach, but it is seriously impactful!!!! I’m all about the tee, culottes, but the cape takes the cake; freaking gorgeous & what a statement! I ogle over you & all of your outfits; you are such a force! Thanks so much for all the inspiration & can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2017!!! I can’t thank you enough for inviting me to join this group, it is the highlight of my every month xxx Diane


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