Unconventional Plaid Outfits That Give The Print A Newfound Vibe

Beyond just prepster or grunge.

Darrel Hunter | ModeHunter

It’s official: Fashion’s in-crowd is mad about plaid. However, they’re giving it a modernized redux, offering a novel perspective on the classic pattern. Tap to discover 13 plaid outfits, courtesy of street style stars, that give the checked print a newfound feel.

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Team a mini dress with a classic white button-down for a look that pays homage to the print’s prepster origins. Then, opt for an unexpected shoe to add some sartorial intrigue — like lace-up, gladiator-esque ballet flats.Edward Berthelot/Getty Images
Fact: A baggy two-piece suit, especially one in an attention-grabbing plaid, always delivers a cool-girl effect. Consider doing without a top base layer, leaving your décolletage on display as a nod to 2022’s sultry fashion trend.Darrel Hunter | ModeHunter
Odds are you’re seen Chopova Lowena’s safety-pinned, kilt-like skirts circulating throughout the fashion sphere recently. Snag one — or a similar pleated, plaid skirt from another cool girl-approved label — and then team the garment with neutral black separates. Darrel Hunter | ModeHunter
Opting for a bold hue — like a crisp, optimistic yellow — as the base of your plaid is a surefire way to ensure your outfit stands out. And if you’re someone who enjoys a matchy-matchy moment, introduce an accessory that boasts the same colorful checked print.Darrel Hunter | ModeHunter
Opt for an all-out plaid look via a matching set done in the timeless print. A tartan halter top layered atop a white button-down and paired with a billowing midi dress in the same striped print makes for a striking choice.Edward Berthelot/Getty Images
When donning two different plaid pieces simultaneously, pay close attention to your color palette. For instance, when garments boast the same shade — say, a creamy pistachio — there's a sense of sartorial harmony that unites the contrasting patterns.Edward Berthelot/Getty Images
Forget florals — why not slip into a plaid dress on the next sunny springtime day? Finish the look off with vibrant, lug-sole Chelsea boots, oversized sunnies, and a sculptural purse.Edward Berthelot/Getty Images
A foolproof way to give classic plaid a fresh vibe is to pair it with wholly unexpected pieces — items that wouldn't be your first thought, but miraculously, they work together. One option is to pair a statement, checked dress with party-ready, gold thigh-high boots.Darrel Hunter | ModeHunter
A plaid blazer and skirt set styled with lace-up combat boots strikes the perfect balance of edge and put-together polish. If Cher Horowitz joined a grungey garage band, this is the look she’d wear. Darrel Hunter | ModeHunter
Another one of spring 2022’s dominant trends is abstract, almost messy versions of classic prints. With its painterly take on plaid, this brush-stroked checked maxi dress embodies the subversive approach to patterns.Darrel Hunter | ModeHunter
A step beyond your standard blazer, a plaid mini dress that adopts the tailored look of the timeless jacket is an adroit choice for a warm spring day. As for footwear, lean into the preppy-chic moment with a pair of patent loafers. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images
Dream beyond the standard tartan color palette and dabble with a dose of dopamine dressing via colorful plaid. For instance, magenta and lime green alongside a standard crimson is an inspired, novel take on the perennial pattern.Darrel Hunter | ModeHunter
Are you aware track pants are a fashion girl favorite this spring? Consider styling them in a preppy context with a tartan dickey, sleek button-down, and kitschy necktie for an inspired take on the sporty trousers.Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

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