For those of us who follow fashion with the almost nerd-like enthusiasm and singular focus that others reserve for things like sports, help technology or science fiction, tadalafil  now is the time of year when, healing cold as it may be, we start thinking about what we want to be wearing come the first trace of spring. Retailers are already getting the earliest deliveries of new merch, and in spite of the fact that we probably haven’t yet faced winter’s worst, we’re thinking of what’s next. Fortunately this year there is one trend in particular that we can enjoy immediately and long-term; plaid.

Granted, calling plaid a trend is a bit like calling cotton a trend, but these last couple of years there’s been an uptick in the amount of checks that have made their way onto the shelves and into our wardrobes. It started with shirts, obviously, but has since spread out to jackets, coats, pants, suits and ties, and viral fashion 2012 men menswear shirts plaid checks trend shopping park and bond givenchy gant rugger etro button down gucci tom ford alexander mcqueen bottega veneta spring summerthough plaid’s presence always seems to grow around the warmer months, it’s only too easy to find a piece or two (or three) right now. For their Spring/Summer 2012 collections, some designers took plaid to borderline-obsessive new levels. Designers like Frida Giannini of Gucci, Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford – among others – offered plaid served up with their own distinct twist.

viral fashion 2012 men menswear shirts plaid checks trend shopping park and bond givenchy gant rugger etro button downBut if you want to cash in early, now is the perfect time to do it. From the last traces of fall’s fashions to the very first pieces of spring, there are so many options to choose from. If you’re a beginner, go for a crisp shirt in a graphic, yet subdued pattern. Stick to neutral colors for now and save the brights for warmer days (or that winter getaway you might be counting down to). viral fashion 2012 spring summer resort suits jacket paid checks simon spurr thom browne paul smith grey trend shoppingFor more of a statement, a plaid jacket will surely get you noticed, especially layered with contrasting pieces like colorful knitwear, on-trend corduroys, and one of this winter’s standout coats. And if you’re feeling ready for a challenge, a plaid suit in classic gray with an oxford shirt in a smaller plaid or gingham check is the ultimate way to go. The best thing about any pieces you buy now is that, barring certain fabrications, you can pretty much wear them straight into next autumn.

Check and mate.

by Justin Friedman