Buffalo Check

Plaid. Gingham. Buffalo check.

All are great patterns for fall. All exude that cozy, casual feel that we long for in fall.

Today, let’s focus on buffalo check.

What exactly is buffalo check, you might ask? Think of it as a larger version of gingham. Gingham, as you probably know, is a checkered pattern with even-sized checks. It’s formed by thin horizontal and vertical stripes overlapping one another. Increase those checkered patterns, and you have buffalo check (also called buffalo plaid). Buffalo check often comes in red and black or blue and black colorways.

Why is it called buffalo check? If you’ll notice, the pattern looks a lot like a tartan print. As legend goes, a descendant from the MacGregor Clan of Scotland settled in Montana in the 1800s. Apparently he traded buffalo pelts with the Native Americans in exchange for heavy Scottish blankets in his family’s tartan pattern. Thus, the term buffalo check was coined.

In any event, the print seems to embody the feel of fall. Whether we want to curl up with a blanket and a book by the fireplace indoors or roast s’mores by the campfire outdoors, these laid back prints seem to fit the bill.

Top 12 Buffalo Check Options

Check out our top 12 buffalo check pieces for fall.

Sale notes: If you shop at Madewell today, enter code “highfall” for 30% off. If you shop at J.Crew today, enter code “weekend” for 30% off.

Shop My Look

Madewell Latitude Shirtdress in Buffalo Check (less than $100 normally; an extra 30% off today with code “highfall”) | Via Spiga Vesta booties | Bao Bao Issey Miyake prism tote | Saint Laurent hat (older; similar Eugenia Kim hat) | Dannijo necklace | Dannijo bracelet | OPI nail polish | Nars scarlet empress lipstick


Thanks for continuing to stop by!

My apologies for not updating the site for a while. Traveling for about ten days straight (in Europe and then in the US) has left me somewhat behind. But many great things are coming as a result.

Plus, be sure to check out the Wear + Where + Well boutique. I’m so inspired by all the fall offerings currently available that I’m constantly updating the shop with my picks for the season.

Thanks as always for your continued support.

Photos by Justin James Photography


  1. Maggie says:

    I love that dress! It looks great on you.


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Maggie!

  2. Bella B says:

    You look fabulous and that prism bag is just amazing!!!

    I am a bit tempted by the J Crew quilted vest. Seems like it would be perfect for hockey games.


    1. Carrie says:

      That vest would look great on you, Bella!

  3. Ally says:

    What a fun wall and match for that plaid shirt dress!

    Xo Ally


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Ally. 🙂

  4. whitney says:

    Love your outfit, and all of your picks as well. Looks like Madewell has some great stuff right now, heading to check it out now!

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes, Whitney – you should! I’ve been so impressed with their offerings lately.

  5. Sheri says:

    I love that Madewell boiled wool vest. I don’t know how you do the travel you do – I would be exhausted 🙂

    Good on you, Carrie!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Sheri! I am very impressed with Madewell’s selections lately.

      Travel makes me happy. Although I am feeling a bit unorganized lately…

  6. Love the Madewell shirt! I saw a buffalo check vest at the Gap the other day and almost bought it. After seeing this post I am tempted to go back and get it:)


    1. Carrie says:

      You should, Krissy! It’s a really great print for fall.

  7. Erica says:

    Seriously, how many cool walls can you find! Always the perfect backdrop to compliment your awesome looks.

    xx Erica

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch for saying that, Erica! I do like to pull both components together.

  8. Carolyn says:

    one of my favorite prints for this fall!


    1. Carrie says:

      Yes – isn’t it great for fall? Thanks, C!

  9. Sophie says:

    I love that dress!! It looks gorgeous on you! Only you can make buffalo checks look fun and chic.
    Smitten Sophie

    1. Carrie says:

      Well thanks so much, Sophie! 🙂

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

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