Now and then we have to ask ourselves what sort of bold statement we will be making in our wardrobes when the new season falls upon us. We loved Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now‘s buffalo check pants as a daring yet tasteful way to push the sartorial boundaries. But what we loved about her outfit, even more, is that it could easily translate well into a room. Buffalo check is one of those patterns that work so well over time — likely to be an option that transcends trends and seasons. Here’s how this outfit and Atlanta’s The General Muir seem to be operating on the same style plane:

1. Warm browns are visually flattering – perhaps because it’s the color of a great glass of bourbon or some of our favorite desserts, a warm chocolate brown is a color we gravitate towards for fall, both in the form of cashmere or waxed wood.

2. Buffalo check is a fall favorite – a hint of log cabin, a hint of urban menswear: buffalo check is a pattern that is timeless. For those who are feeling bold, floor tiles in the kitchen or trousers are an enticing option; just keep the rest simple.

3. Surprise with metallics – because we love a little hint of the unexpected as well as the sophisticated, either brass, bronze or silver are a great addition to an outfit or room. Lucy’s silver boots keep her look from veering too preppy.