For coats, handbags, clothes in general...?
The gaudy Jewish-Italian in me gravitates toward animal prints, but I like houndstooth a little bit more. I have houndstooth scarves, hats, skirts, a coat, and a handbag. I liked it before it became trendy though. Seeing it on 7th-graders kind of kills it for me, but when the trendiness wears off, I'll be enamored again.
I've loved polka dots ever since I saw Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" in that famous brown dress. I own lots of polka-dotted things but rarely wear them.
Plaid is okay if it's tasteful Burberry-esque plaid...I prefer it on other people rather than on me.
Argyle is a staple, and a classic, but I like seeing it on men rather than on me. I love it and have a million argyle vests and sweaters, but lately I've been limiting it (argyle) to just socks. I feel like the diamonds are arrows pointing to my stomach, which isn't at its' flattest right now.