These women’s buffalo plaid 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.
This post answers frequently asked questions about women’s 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
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.
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.
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
- Ann Taylor Loft
- J. Crew Factory
- Lands’ End
- L.L. Bean
- Old Navy (by far the best and most options here!)
Featured Women’s Buffalo Plaid Picks
Below are some of my favorite women’s buffalo plaid styles.
This casual print meets cocktail style dress is so tongue in cheek. I would love to add a velvet blazer over the shoulders or a shrunken eyelash cardigan on top.
I love how the gathered waist feminizes this look. I would pair it with skinny jeans and short brown boots, either flat or with a small chunky heel.
Old Navy selected the perfect shade of burgundy to make this classic button-down shirt transition from Fall to Christmas season.
I’m all about oversized cardigans for working from home this year, and I picture this J. Crew Factory one with leggings, a tee, and slippers for a cozy comfy style.
Again, Old Navy just nailed the oversized fit and cozy teddy feel of this women’s buffalo plaid coat, to make a traditional style more casual.
Preppy fans of gingham can transition into Fall and beyond with this blue and white L.L. Bean tunic.
Again, Old Navy for the win with this simple women’s buffalo plaid crew neck sweater. Wear it at Christmastime and in the snow all winter long.
Ruffles at the neckline feminize the more masculine buffalo plaid print on this pretty blouse. I picture it with black velvet leggings and black pointy flats. Bonus points if you add a pink purse to truly mix and match gender stereotypes with this look.
Of course, Old Navy offers the perfect soft and cozy fleece in a buffalo plaid print to keep you warm outside or by the fireplace.
This J.Crew Factory skirt sells out every year. I purchased it myself this year. It’s true to size or size up if you are in-between sizes. The a-line fit is so flattering. It looks great with both black or oatmeal on top.
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Here’s to a festive holiday season!
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