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Mad, Mad, Mad for Plaid

Now, plaid fashion is nothing new. How many times has it come back in style in your lifetime? If you’ve kept some of your better pieces, you’re in luck. But what is extremely strong this year? Plaid Blazers (in fact some of our favorites were so low in stock, we couldn’t even include them), grey or brown toned plaid pants, herringbone plaid, and anything with that college professorial vibe the youngers are calling Bourgeoise.

You can always tone down the plaid prints with solids, although honestly, it is quite stylish right now to go full plaid, or even mix bold prints. Yes, you can still pull this look off post 50. It’s easier to handle if you keep the tones the same, or separate with a swath of solid.  There is no doubt some of the larger bolder plaids can accentuate areas you would rather minimize. So stick with the smaller scale plaids on the body parts you’d prefer not to call attention to, but go bold with your highlight areas.

SHOP PLAID FASHION

Plaid pants — either wide and pleated, though because these pleats drop lower they are much more flattering on the belly. Or they are slim, tapered down to the ankles, which make tucking into a pair of knee-high boots easy, a look still all the rage though we’ve seen it for a while.

Madewell Women's Pleated Wide Leg Plaid Pant

Pleated Wide-Leg Pants in Plaid, 0-16, $138 (use code YOUCHOOSE for 30% off)

NYDJ Plaid Ponte Pant

NYDJ Slim Trouser Pants In Ponte Knit, 0-18, Petite, Plus-Petite, $119

Plaid Blazers and Jackets are the pieces to invest in. Because while you can always wear the tailored pieces for work, they work equally well with a tee and jeans on the weekends.

Boston Proper Double Breasted Plaid Blazer

Double-Breasted Plaid Blazer from Boston Proper, Sizes 0-18, $140

Lara Grey Plaid Jacket

Lara Grey Plaid Jacket, Sizes XS- L, $148

>READ: WOMEN’S BLAZERS: FASHION OVER 50 STYLE 

Skirts are longer – midi length, but still embracing the plaid. We saw much more expensive versions of both of these skirts. And the dress follows the skirt trend, but allows you to wear plaid head-to-toe.

Macintosh Plaid Faux Wrap Pencil Skirt

Macintosh Plaid Faux Wrap Pencil Skirt, 2-18, Petite & Plus, Was $99 – now $49

Ralph Lauren Pleated Midi Skirt

Ralph Lauren Pleated Midi Skirt, Sizes 0-18, on sale for $135 (Through October 15 take 30% off with code RLFAMILY)

Plaid Midi Dress Daily Casual

Daily Casual Acetate Checkered/Plaid Midi Dress, Sizes 2-16, $52

Sweaters and sweater cardigans can actually be paired with skirts like the above, just remember to keep the tones the same. The longer cardigan is best set off with something more form-fitting, like a skinny pant or treggings.

>READ: WHAT ARE TREGGINGS?

AQUA Plaid V Neck Sweater

Aqua Plaid V-Neck Sweater, Sizes XS-L, $78

Chaus Long Sleeve Plaid Cardigan

Chaus Long Sleeve Plaid Cardigan, Sizes S – XXL, on sale for $59.40 (originally $99)

Coats in all styles are popping in plaid. From casual carcoats to wool statement coats, to the belted trenches we just highlighted.

>READ: SULTRY, SEXY, CLASSIC: TRENCH COAT FASHION

Mural Plaid Longline Coat

Mural Plaid Longline Coat, Sizes XS – XL, $100

If you’re just wanting a touch of plaid…accessories are the way to go. This beautiful tartan wrap can match the rosy glow on your cheeks during cold snaps. Or a tote lets you dip into the trend without fully committing, though you’ll note they are showing it right beside a lovely pair of plaid trousers.

Ella Plaid Tote Tory Burch

Tory Burch Ella Plaid Tote, $298

Levis Plaid Wrap

Levi’s Plaid Wrap, $50

We featured a fantastic plaid bootie in our recent piece as well.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to plaid fashion for the season. Embrace the print in all its forms, but have some fun and shake up your normal pairings for an extra statement.

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READ: BEST HANDBAGS FOR FALL AND WINTER

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