All for the love of plaid skirts and saddle shoes


Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & DesignBy Elle

I’ve loved plaid ever since I was a kid, when I first saw the girls in my neighborhood who went to the parochial school walking in their pleated plaid skirts, white shirts and black cardigans. I also coveted their shiny black and white saddle shoes. I went to the public school, so I could wear anything I wanted. And I wanted a plaid skirt and saddle shoes.

At the end of every summer, my mom and I would make the trip to the neighborhood shoe store for school shoes. I was immediately drawn to the display of saddle shoes: black and whites, brown and whites and, sometimes, blue and whites. I especially loved the eyelets that ran the perimeter of the wingtip part of the shoe. I begged her to buy me a pair, but she wouldn’t budge.

“They’re ugly,” she’d say. “I don’t understand why you want them.”

“But they’re not ugly. I like them,” I’d reply softly. Year after year after year.

Finally she confessed that she hated saddle shoes because she had to wear them when she was young. Curses! I knew then I would never have a pair of my own.

Eventually I grew out of my saddle shoe crush but never my love of plaid. So when another fashion blogger featured these yellow and black tartan pants, I had to have them — and because I’m an employed adult, I could.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design plaid pants

I paired my pants with a black camisole and cardigan. I added a multi-ring gold necklace that a good friend gave me and a pair of butterscotch amber earrings that I bought years ago while vacationing in the Mediterranean.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design plaid pants

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design plaid pants

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design plaid pants

These are not pants that will last a lifetime. They cost me about $18 from Romwe, and I half expect them to simply fall apart one day while I’m wearing them. (OK, they’re not quite that bad, but  it’s important to know what to expect.)  I don’t usually go for super-cheap fast fashion, but I couldn’t resist these, thinking they’ll be fun for summer.

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design plaid pants

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design plaid pants

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design plaid pants

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design plaid pants

Although I never did get my saddle shoes, I did later buy a pair of pumps with saddle-shoe styling, complete with front flaps. They look a little worn now. Might be time to start thinking about a new pair….

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design oxford style pumps

Readers, which are your favorite styles from when you were a kid? Let us know in the comment section!

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One thought on “All for the love of plaid skirts and saddle shoes

  1. So cute! we have ordered clothes for my daughter from Romwe, and they seem to hold up. I would advise air drying everything from them.

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