10 Chic Ways to Wear a Plaid Shirt Every Day

Trends should never be one-size-fits-all—not literally and certainly not in execution. Thankfully, plaid is one of those seasonless, timeless trends with endless styling possibilities. And thanks to our favorite street style looks, learning how to wear plaid is as easy as it gets.

Be it a classic button-down flannel or a more forward silhouette, the style can be worn in myriad ways. For instance, checkered shells can be layered under a corset top, or a flannel in a heavier fabric can double as a jacket, and '90s fans will be happy to know the tied-around-your-waist trick is still going strong. These just scratch the surface.

Ahead, take a look at 10 ways the sometimes punk, sometimes preppy pattern can be worn right now. Then shop some of our favorite plaid pieces.

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Choose a piece with a hood so your plaid can peek out from under your outerwear.

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Layer an oversize button-down over a sweater. Cinch them both with a belt for a more streamlined silhouette.

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Athleisure fans need to try pairing their tartan with track pants.

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This pattern provides the perfect hint of rainbow under a fuzzy overcoat.

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You have two options here: Look for plaids in thick, warm fabrics, or pair an oversize style with a secret layer underneath—like a sweater or down shell—for chilly days.

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Go for a dramatic silhouette—it's a great way to differentiate your style.

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Plaids can come in any texture, including knits. And this sweater perfectly clashes with the smaller checkered design of the skirt.

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The uniform of '90s kids everywhere still looks as cool as ever.

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If button-downs aren't your thing, look for plaid pieces with flirty ruffles.

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Need a go-to layering essential? Skip the plain white tee or black turtleneck and opt for a bold print instead.