Forget schoolgirl plaid — this colorful take on the checkered trend is totally Summer friendly and a bit quirkier, too. To get that "just gone to Nantucket" look without having to venture further than the nearest sunny spot, incorporate a subtle mix of madras-patterned pieces into your warm-weather wardrobe. While the style is grounded in preppier renditions, there's no reason not to inject your own cool-girl sensibility into each madras-laden look. Try a seersucker Bermuda short covered in a cool patchwork print with a slouchy tee and espadrille wedges, don a breezy madras button-up with ripped denim cutoffs for an evening on the beach, or go for bold in a madras blazer-and-trouser combo. If you're feeling this plaid iteration for a pop of Summer prep, shop our editors' madras picks below now.
As far as prints go, madras has earned its stripes as a preppier staple. It makes us think of New England Summers and looks fresh and seasonal on our button-downs, bikinis, and even sneakers. Madras also has the benefit of being one of the more breezy fabrics that looks just right when it's been appropriately rumpled, and let's just say August is our month to be appropriately rumpled. Click through to shop our madras picks, many of which are on sale.
We are loving the audacity of A.P.C who is taking summer's favorite preppy favorite, madras, and making it into a fall merchandising statement complete with autumnal colors and clever layering pieces.
Brrr, can you feel that nip in the air? I know North can so I want my peppy, preppy pup to take advantage of furry Fall fashions – cooler colors and warm knits. This season's Crewmutts (from J. Crew) line now offers some great blue totes, textured sweaters, and darker madras styles. You may recall their summery madras of seasons past, but the latest versions also have a removable sherpa lining for additional warm cozies heading straight into Winter.
Even though I was the furthest thing from a preppy in high school, some part of me still loves the look of madras. However, I'm torn about whether I could pull off a Ralph Lauren Madras Quilt ($249.99) in my bedroom. Obviously, I'd switch up the style a little with some less country-cute pillows, to give the quilt an edge, but I'm not sure if that's enough of a change. What about you? Do you like this bedding?
North's def a prepster (when he's not being a little bit punk rock, that is). Of all the fun styles from polka dots to camo, one pattern noticeably absent from his collection is madras – not only does it remind me of boat trips on the east coast, but it's a nice way to inject a summer style to pet essentials. Somewhere between patchwork and plaid, this fabric is super casual for those warm afternoons on the Cape. I personally love the Crewmutts line by J. Crew with three different color combinations in authentic cotton madras from India. The small bed is preptastically perfect for little crewmutts (or large crewcats) with this design on one side and acrylic sherpa on the other and, dare I say, it pairs nicely with matching leather-backed leashes and collars that you'll see when you read more
Spring's just around the corner so it's time to start thinking about those cute plaid shorts and adorable floral dresses for your lil spring chickens. Get your bunny ready for some sun in these colorful madras shorts.
Simple: The perfect gear for a beach day, you won't worry about your lil man making a mess in these affordable shorts ($11) from Old Navy.
Swank: If you're heading to an Easter dinner, these patchwork CrewCuts shorts ($50) may be a tad more sophisticated.