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Checkmate! How to Play With Plaids

Apparel, Featured, Outfit Ideas, What's Trending  /   /  By Lily Montasser

Herringbone slouchy suits. Houndstooth matching sets. Gingham boxy blazers. These checked-out textiles dominated the NYFW fall runways, and the fashion world has gone mad for plaid now that the season is finally upon us. From perfectly tailored pants to cozy oversized coats, scroll to see how we’re rocking fall’s must-wear pattern.

1. The New Shirt

Swap out that old plaid shirt (you know the one) with a more chic alternative. A ladylike upgrade on the lumberjack classic, this femme number easily transitions from day to night. Pair with sleek leather bottoms and booties, or switch to a mini and sheer tights for nighttime attire.

2. Gingham Revival

Remember how little gingham frocks were super popular for summer? Resurrect them for autumn with a long-sleeve layer and matching purse.

3. Go Big!

From oversized coats to slouchy blazers, comfy plaid outerwear is a trend we can’t wait to sport. Let the beauty take center stage by wearing over minimalist office attire.

4. Matchy-Matchy

This ain’t your grandma’s checked suit…or is it? These vintage-inspired matching sets are making waves on Instagram and in editorials. Give them a contemporary spin by casualizing the set with a white tee and on-trend sock booties (they were everywhere at fashion week!).

5. Punk Chick

While the plaid obsession is a choice trend among minimalist designers and bloggers, you can give it a punk spin with a cool jacket and chunky combat boots.

6. Wear the Pants

We love the versatility that comes with a pair of plaid trousers—they’re classy enough for work but funky enough for weekend. Wear with basic essentials and you’ll look uncomplicated and cool, no matter where you go.

Want more ideas for what to wear? See all our outfit inspiration.

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