Mad About Plaid

Beyond flannel ways to bring the iconic checks into your life


If a season could have a signature pattern, plaid (proper name: tartan) would be autumn’s. While we may think of hipsters and big brands sporting these interlocking stripes – lumberjacks and Burberry, anyone? – plaid actually originated in Scotland as a way to identify one’s region or clan. Today, whether it’s a preppy kilt, punk flannel tied around the waist, or underneath a vest for an outdoorsy look, plaid is loaded with character. Infuse your surroundings with some clever campfire-meets-classic accessories and home goods available from shops around the state:

Dessert Plates
Any small bite gets cabin appeal when served on a plaid dessert plate.
The Captain’s Table, Wickford

1970s Thermos
Bring a little vintage Burberry into your life with an Aladdin thermos (with glass insert) – perfect for bringing hot cocoa to your local Friday Night Lights.
Carmen & Ginger, Providence

Tea Towel & Table Cloth
Add warmth and cheer to your tablescape instantly when you unfurl a tartan textile. Wickford Gourmet Factory Outlet, Wickford

Buffalo Check Mug
Make even a Monday meeting feel like sitting around a campfire when you drink coffee from this red-and-black Buffalo plaid check mug. Frog & Toad, Providence

Bear Button & Flannel Greeting Card
It’s a card and a gift all in one, perfect for your favorite outdoorsy pal. Frog & Toad, Providence