Not just for lumberjacks, buffalo plaid has come a long way from its woodland roots. Although the buffalo plaid pattern originated in Scotland, as far back as the 8th century, its real history began in the 1850’s when Woolrich started producing it and making the pattern synonymous with American outdoorsmen. Today we can find this classic pattern on everything from flannels to boots.
I picked up this buffalo plaid vest from TJ Maxx a few weeks ago and am very impressed with the quality. It’s flannel on the outside and sherpa lined on the inside, which makes it a warm, functional layer, as well as, stylish. The brand is Cambridge Dried Goods and it’s very similar to the buffalo plaid vest that Madewell put out last year. Run to your nearest TJ Maxx or Marshall’s and find one for yourself! It’s a great deal!
Styling buffalo plaid is fairly simple. I like to keep the rest of my outfit subtle so it doesn’t compete with the pattern, although I think pattern mixing can be done if the other pattern contains neutral tones. I like to wear my buffalo plaid with a little more outdoorsy feel by adding bean boots, however, I’ve also worn it with dark gray chinos and a collared shirt to make it everyday appropriate. This vest is the closest to mine I could find online, but I am unfamiliar with the brand so I can’t vouch for the quality.