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.
Plaid Miniskirt + Off-the-Shoulder Top + Lace-Up Ankle Boots