If gingham is the unofficial print of summer, then plaid is the ultimate fall equivalent, as it pairs perfectly with crisp autumn air and cozy sweaters. Plaid skirts, in particular, are having a moment right now among the fashion set, a trend that emerged on runways from New York to Paris earlier this year and can now be found at retailers high and low.
It’s also more versatile than you might think: Plaid skirts have a preppy school-uniform vibe that some brands, like Miu Miu and Gucci, have covered with patches and embellishments this season. For the bad-girl look of a tartan mini, opt for one from Alexander Wang or H&M with a leather moto jacket and chunky-heeled boots. Skirt suits are also seeing a comeback lately (yes, like the ones your mom wore in the ’80s), so a businesslike plaid paired with a matching statement-shoulder jacket à la Tibi is an of-the-moment choice.
Below, see eight unexpected looks to crib from street style stars, plus shop cool skirts at every length.
The button-down front adds interest to this classic mini.
Now this is how you layer like a pro.
The schoolgirl look is all grown-up.
Keep your color palette simple, and mixing prints will be a cinch.
Blair Waldorf would be proud.
You don't have to cover up 100% to stay cozy.
Dress up your baggiest, comfiest sweater with some grown-up accessories and a slit-front skirt.
Double the checks, double the fun.
Like your favorite flannel, but in skirt form.
The faux-wrap front is so easy to style.
Do yourself a favor and get the matching blazer too.
Pair this with combat boots.
A cool take on a pencil skirt.
Toughen this up with chunky boots or give it a preppy spin with loafers and ankle socks.
Just add a white tee.
Style this with an oversize blazer.
We love the chain detail.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.