Is it possible to encapsulate this style into a certain current or fad? Definitely not. It ranges from elegant perennial pieces to fresh spring arrays and counter-movement garments such as those used in punk.
This is character squared simply because it depends on both the designer's purpose and the personality of who wears it to define it's ultimate significance.
A.-Maddy Plaid Sundress, Marc by Marc Jacobs; B.-Edith Tweed Purse with Vintage Buttons by Curiosity Killed The Cat; C.-Checker Plaid Tunic by Forever 21; D.-Gingham Broadwalk Blouse by 3.1 Phillip Lim; E.-Oversized Check Coat by Burberry Prorsum; F.-Navy Tartan Plaid Kitten Heel Pumps by Bettye Muller; G.-Tartan Punk Neckwarmer/Collar/Scarflette by Malam; H.-Checked Cap Sleeve Dress by Burberry Prorsum; I.-Plaid Coat, Marc by Marc Jacobs; J.-Set of 6 Plaid Cappuccino Cups by Urban Outfitters; K.-Sophie Plaid Dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs; L.-Spring Plaid Rainboots by Urban Outfitters; M.-Gathered Plaid Tote by Forever 21; N.-Vintage Smock Top by Anna Sui.