How to Wear Plaid in 2021

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How to Wear Plaid in 2021

by Madeline Berger
August 12, 2021

Hello and welcome to mid-August. At this point, we’ve been running into back-to-school displays at Target for many weeks and it’s only natural that fall’s favorite pattern is on the mind: plaid. Wondering how to wear plaid in a way that’s a little less Cher Horowitz and a little more rock ‘n’ roll? Now, we all have that flannel shirt in our closet—maybe you’re the type that pulls it out as often as a pair of jeans or saves it for your ‘outdoorsy’ days. However, there’s a whole world of plaid out there that falls outside the realm of flannel. Plaid skirts? Definitely trending. Plaid coats? A classic. Plaid pants? Now, there’s a surefire way to spice up an outfit. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to wear plaid on (almost) every part of your bod. If that isn’t a dream come true, I don’t know what is.

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Plaid mini skirts are everywhere this year. Wear yours with a crop top, a cardigan, or, like Emma, a classic button-up shirt, duster jacket, and riding boots.

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Spice up your classic flannel shirt by pairing it with bottoms that *aren’t* jeans, like this sneakers and track pants combo worn by Mannix.

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Get that cool girl vibe by layering an oversized plaid top over a graphic hoodie. The contrast of weights and textures is sure to add a pop to your ‘fit.

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There’s nothing like a sweet plaid dress, especially in a vintage-inspired cut. Layer a chunky cardigan in the fall for a perfect transitional look.

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A plaid scarf is very possibly the ultimate cold-weather accessory. Wear yours with a variety of patterns for a bit of extra fun!

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Plaid pants look great with a varsity-inspired sweater. Add to the collegiate vibes with a beret and pair of classic oxfords. Don’t forget the turtleneck!

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Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour album hit with a sizeable dose of 2000s pop-punk, Avril Lavigne style. Since then, she’s provided us with A+ fashion inspo.

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Ready to go all-in with plaid this season? Find yourself a plaid puffer jacket. The bigger and more colorful, the better.

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A plaid overcoat goes with a sweater like peanut butter and jelly. Wear two trends at once by laying your coat over a sweater vest and add distressed jeans for a bit of edge and added texture!

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Too much plaid? There’s absolutely no such thing. If you’re lucky enough to find a plaid jumpsuit or pair of coveralls, please do us all a favor and wear the heck out of it.

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How to rock the Clueless vibe with a modern twist? Great q! Pick up a coordinated plaid set and wear with simple sneakers. Matching sets have never been more popular.

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I couldn’t leave without circling back to a quintessential plaid look. The flannel-shirt-over-a-graphic-tee-with-jeans look is an absolute classic homage to ’90s grunge and will never not be cool.

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