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5 ways to inject a little plaid to your holidays this year

In this new trendspotting feature illuminating the links among a wide range of disciplines, Sarah Richardson casts her eye across the style landscape and finds that everything’s coming up tartan – just the pattern for the holiday season

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BLANKET STATEMENT: Take time to chill this holiday season under a cozy buffalo-check wool throw, wrapping yourself in either soft blue or silvery charcoal – clever updates on a classic staple. Buffalo check throw, $154 through


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TREE LARK: Trade glitzy for preppy with hand-painted HBC ornaments featuring overlapping bands of red and green. HBC ornament, $6.99 at The Bay (


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DISHY DINNERWARE: Spruce up your table settings with a charming collection of mix-and-match Pendleton plates sporting four distinct prints. Set on top, they will take your plain white dinnerware from bland to bold. Tartan salad/dessert plates, $52 for a set of four through


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FANCY FOOTWORK: You’ll have a festive spring in your step as you scamper around town in a pair of comfy plaid Oxfords from Christian Louboutin, the master of the teetering heel. (Beneath all that tartan: his signature red sole!) Fred flat by Christian Louboutin, $620 through


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TIME FOR TARTAN: Why settle for a simple steel watch band when this snazzy leather strap brings timely pattern to your daily fashion routine? Timex Modern Original Grande Classic timepiece with genuine leather plaid strap, $75 through


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