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What is Buffalo Plaid? (+ the Best Women's Buffalo Plaid Clothing)

If you're wondering what buffalo plaid is, these women's buffalo plaid clothing styles make for the most festive fashion for Fall, through Christmas, and beyond to Winter. I like to call fashion like this "Home Alone chic" and I usually add at least one new buffalo plaid item to my very preppy, classic and traditional wardrobe each holiday season.

But, the pattern can also be worn both before and after Christmas, particularly if it bears neutral colors. I wore this specific J. Crew Factory skirt for New Year's family dinner last year with a chunky black turtleneck sweater and black heeled boots. (If you are between sizes, I recommend you size up. It's pretty fitted at the waist.)

And I have my eye on these specific Draper James buffalo plaid pajamas for Christmas morning this year.

This post answers frequently asked questions about women's buffalo plaid (like, What is buffalo plaid?), tells you where to buy it, highlights some featured picks, and gives you even more options to shop.

Frequently Asked Questions About Buffalo Plaid

What is buffalo plaid?

Buffalo plaid is a pattern with squares of the same size in two alternating colors (often red and black). It originated in 1800s Scotland. It later becomes popularized in America as a rugged outdoorsman print. Today, it is commonly used as a Fall and Christmastime print.

Why is buffalo plaid so popular?

Buffalo print is so popular because it is simple, with only two colors and squares of the same size, and because it became part of American culture via television and films as the quintessential outdoorsman's print. Now, it never goes out of style.

Buffalo plaid vs. gingham

Both buffalo plaid and gingham patterns have squares of the same width in two colors. Whereas gingham is always white plus another color (often blue), buffalo plaid can be used in colors other than white (such as the classic red and black print). Buffalo plaid squares are also larger in size than gingham squares.

Where to Buy Women's Buffalo Plaid

Below are my favorite places where you can buy women's buffalo plaid styles

  • Ann Taylor Loft - for a more classy, less causal look
  • J. Crew Factory - Great options for the preppy gal. I look forward to them each year!
  • Lands' End - for traditional, long-lasting options
  • L.L. Bean - for rustic, long-lasting options
  • Old Navy - by far the best options, the most options, and the most affordable options here! Old Navy kills it with buffalo plaid each year!

Below are some of my favorite women's buffalo plaid styles: dresses, jackets, shirts, cardigans, coats, tunics, sweaters, blouses, fleece, skirts, socks, and more!

Here's to a festive holiday season!


And, since I always pair lifestyle with a book, I am pairing this post with one of my favorite books, Classic Style. Black watch plaid is classic style at its finest, and this book perfectly defines classic style through words and beautiful watercolor pictures.

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