You find the next best thing: Gingham.
While gingham is a slightly more wholesome print, it bears the closest resemblance to our beloved plaid. It may look like your picnic blanket, but in a way, that makes you feel like summer is finally here and a picnic in the park is in your future. Doesn't that just make your stomach flutter?
Let's get one thing clear. Gingham and plaid are completely different prints and one cannot be likened to the other.
While gingham is for little girls bringing cookies to granny, plaid is for the edgy tomboy eating all the cookies herself. While gingham may be country chic, plaid is for the city girl.
I, for one, cannot tolerate the gingham print. Sitting for a picnic is less than my cup of tea and as much as I love taking long walks in the park and socking in those rays, eating outdoors will never appeal to me. Gingham reminds me of bugs in my sandwich and worms up my skirt. Not very chic.
So, as a rebel with a cause, I refuse to replace my plaid with gingham. This summer, I will continue to proudly sport my plaid as though it weren't seasonal because frankly, it's just a print. Despite popular belief, plaid is not synonymous with winter. Don't fall into the trend trap.