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The Chicest Ways to Wear Plaid


This season, if there's one print you need to have in your wardrobe, it's plaid. But there's more to the classic pattern than your standard flannel shirt—so we're serving up nine fun and unexpected plaid pieces that you can (and should!) incorporate into your look this winter.

1. Puffer Vest

J. Crew’s Buffalo Check Quilted Vest ($138) isn’t bulky but still guards you from the chilly weather. It’s perfect for layering and gives any outfit an outdoors-y feel—even if your version of camping is making s'mores in the microwave.

2. Jeans

These ASOS Ridley Skinny Ankle Grazer Jeans ($72.01) will add a bit of grunge to your ensemble with their super-skinny shape and ripped knee detail. Bonus: They’re made with stretch for optimal comfort and fit!

3. Coat

Chances are you already have a neutral coat that goes with everything, so why not invest in one that can make a statement all its own? This Good Times, Plaid Times Coat from ModCloth ($149.99) with a detachable faux-fur collar screams sophisticated Blair Waldorf and will add a vintage flair to any outfit.

4. Shoes


Slip-on sneakers are one of this fall’s must haves shoe sillhouettes. Plaid + sneakers = double trend alert! Try Forever 21’s Plaid Canvas Slip-Ons ($24.90) for an affordable option.

5. Skirt

Madewell is the plaid connoisseur. Their Shirttail Skirt ($98) is an adorable mini that's perfect to pair with sweaters, tights and boots. 

6. Scarf

Blanket scarves are a necessary layering piece that will carry you straight into winter. This one from Express ($24.95) is expertly oversized, so you can throw it over your shoulders or tuck it into your favorite coat.

7. Shorts

Shorts are a viable addition to your rotation even if you don’t live on the West Coast. Wear tights under Gap’s Wool Trouser Shorts ($49.95) for a seamless, transitional look.

8. Bag

Carry all your books in the Bessie Tote from Sole Society ($54.95). It even has a crossbody strap for hands-free toting.

9. Dress

Flannel shirts are popular for a reason, but take the classic up a notch with this Lucky Like a Lumberjack Flannel Shirt Dress from Lulu*s ($36). Oversized and flowy, this piece will offer maximum comfort and cuteness!

Well, collegiettes—are you convinced there’s more to plaid than flannel shirts? Which of these pieces is on your must list? How will you incorporate plaid into your wardrobe in unexpected ways? 

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