I Went Searching for the Perfect Plaid Pants and Found These 16

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@karenbritchick

There's really only a handful of fashion items that I have a visceral reaction to when I see them in-store or online. Things like chunky knits, corduroy, and, yes, plaid pants seem to just ignite all the fall feelings in my soul. In other words, these are the pieces that define my fall mood year after year. Maybe it's because I've finally sunk my teeth into the current season, but lately I've been craving the perfect pair of plaid pants to add into the rotation. You might be thinking that the pants are just another "boring" style staple to have on hand, but you'd be very, very wrong.

This season especially, designers are answering all my plaid pant prayers and rethinking them in completely new ways. Whether they're a skirt-pant hybrid like Sandy Liang's cool pair or reimagined in bright pink à la Collina Strada, this season's offerings are nothing if not a fresh take on the seasonal staple. Naturally, I went ahead and scoured the internet in search of the coolest styles among them. After comparing hundreds of plaid pants, I ended up adding the following 16 styles to my cart—you know, for safe keeping.

If you also share my big fall mood for plaid pants right now, I suggest you continue on to shop my all-time favorite styles and get inspired by a few styling ideas for them.

Now you have 16 different ways to nail the trend.