Mad About Plaid: 12 Fresh Ways To Wear Fall’s Biggest Print

What’s noteworthy about plaid this season? Plenty. While designers like Phoebe Philo (Celine) and Hedi Slimane (Saint Laurent) are sending the checkered motif down the runway, style-setters like Ashley Olsen and Taylor Tomasi Hill are solidifying its must-have status in real life. Here, 14 covet-worthy looks to turn you on to tartan.

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    Cara Delevingne

    Leaving her home in London, the British model showcased her signature tomboy sensibility in Vivienne Westwood Multicolor Tartan Trousers ($580) which she paired with a slouchy knit beanie and Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers.

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    Christine Centenera

    Vogue Australia Fashion Editor Christine Centenera doubled up on the trend with a Celine turtleneck and skirt and earned bonus points for styling the look with leopard heels. 

     

    Image courtesy of Stockholm Street Style

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    Jessica Alba

    While celebrating her new role as Piperlime’s September guest editor in NYC, Jessica Alba paired Skies Are Blue’s Short Sleeve Plaid Button Down ($69) with J Brand’s Maria High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($216) in Veruca, Clare Vivier’s Flat Clutch Supreme ($195) in Leopard, and Sam Edelman’s Desiree Pumps ($130) in Everest. The verdict? Plaid and leopard make a surprisingly good couple!

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    Ashley Olsen

    For a lunch date with friends, the fashion mogul took a page from the ‘90s grunge handbook and tied a plaid shirt around her waist, upping the cool factor of her low-key look. 

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    Irina Lakicevic

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    The street style muse showcases an of-the-moment way to break up the denim-on-denim look for fall: a plaid bomber jacket. 

     

    Image courtesy of Stockholm Street Style

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    Harley Viera-Newton

    The DJ embraced the sweeter side of fall—and today’s trend—at the Topshop Unique S/S 14 show in London, wearing the brand’s Check Chiffon Midi Kilt ($96) and a mint green sweater. 

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    Taylor Tomasi Hill

    Forget the button-down: Vivienne Westwood’s Dual-Tartan Corset with Train ($2725) served as the perfect shirt substitute for Tomasi Hill’s Balmain’s Long Square Shoulder Single Button Blazer ($4279) and Givenchy trousers. 

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    Kyleigh Kuhn

    The model kept it feminine and polished at the Milly by Michelle Smith S/S 14 show in New York with a plaid midi skirt she scored from Aubergine Vintage along with a a J.Crew sweater, Anndra Neen bag, and Suno heels. 

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    Anna Kendrick

    Spotted at the Vivienne Westwood S/S 14 show in London earlier this week, the actress kept her Vivienne Westwood Short Purple Tartan Skirt ($300) center stage with a crisp white button up and muted Leather Jacket ($1320, 323.951.0021) from the designer’s Anglomania collection. 

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    Street Style

    Prefer a subtler take? Follow the lead of this stylish model and incorporate a plaid scarf into your cold weather rotation. 

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    Rihanna

    Business in the front, party in the back. Rihanna paired her Manolo Blahnik heels and Dries van Noten coat with a contrasting sheer back panel with a baseball cap that put a 90’s fly girl spin on the ensemble. 

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    Diane Kruger

    Diane Kruger opted for an elevated take on the trend at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual luncheon in Los Angeles last month with this Carven dress from the Resort 14 collection, which she wore with Stuart Weitzman sandals. 

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    Comme des Garcons

    Tartan Long Billfold Wallet ($245)

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    Elizabeth and James

    Beroe Metallic Plaid Sweatshirt ($325) and Layla Metallic Plaid Skirt ($325)

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    Zara

    Checked Trousers ($60)

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    Wilfred

    Laboratoire Coat ($298)

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    Tabio

    Plaid Socks ($20)

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    Marc by Marc Jacobs

    Blue Rosi Plaid Show Tote ($530)

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    Madewell

    Openweave Scarf ($58)

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    Roseanna

    Thelma Radio Top ($495)

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    Lucy Choi London

    Verona Red Tartan High Heel Shoes ($254)

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    Lovers + Friends

    Woodstock Shorts ($101)

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    MSGM

    Tartan Felt Skirt ($312)

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    Sea NY

    Belted Plaid Dress ($547)

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Beroe Metallic Plaid Sweatshirt

Beroe Metallic Plaid Sweatshirt

Elizabeth and James, $325
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Layla Metallic Plaid Skirt

Layla Metallic Plaid Skirt

Elizabeth and James, $325
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Blue Rosi Plaid Show Tote

Blue Rosi Plaid Show Tote

Marc by Marc Jacobs, $530
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Signature with Contrast Multi Punk Plaid

Signature with Contrast Multi Punk Plaid

Equipment, $268
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Day Dreaming Plaid Loafers

Day Dreaming Plaid Loafers

Joie, $185
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Openweave Scarf

Openweave Scarf

Madewell, $58
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Plaid Socks

Plaid Socks

Tabio, $20
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Tartan Felt Skirt

Tartan Felt Skirt

MSGM, $312
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Verona Red Tartan High Heel Shoes

Verona Red Tartan High Heel Shoes

Lucy Choi London, $254
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Checked Trousers

Checked Trousers

Zara, $60
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Thelma Radio Top

Thelma Radio Top

Roseanna, $495
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Tartan Long Billfold Wallet

Tartan Long Billfold Wallet

Comme des Garcons, $245
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Belted Plaid Dress

Belted Plaid Dress

Sea NY, $547
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Wilfred Laboratoire Coat

Wilfred Laboratoire Coat

Aritzia, $298
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Woodstock Shorts

Woodstock Shorts

Lovers + Friends, $101
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Short Sleeve Plaid Button Down

Short Sleeve Plaid Button Down

Skies Are Blue, $69
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Maria High-Rise Skinny Jeans

Maria High-Rise Skinny Jeans

J Brand, $216
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Flat Clutch Supreme

Flat Clutch Supreme

Clare Vivier, $195
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Desiree Pumps

Desiree Pumps

Sam Edelman, $130
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Short Purple Tartan Skirt

Short Purple Tartan Skirt

Vivienne Westwood, $300
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Multicolor Tartan Trousers

Multicolor Tartan Trousers

Vivienne Westwood, $580
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Dual-Tartan Corset with Train

Dual-Tartan Corset with Train

Vivienne Westwood, $2725
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Long Square Shoulder Single Button Blazer

Long Square Shoulder Single Button Blazer

Balmain, $4279
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Check Chiffon Midi Kilt

Check Chiffon Midi Kilt

Topshop, $96
SHOP
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