Okay, I’m just going to say it….we are “mad for plaid”….which just happens to be one of this season’s biggest trend!   From shoes to jackets, we’re sharing some great looks that will take you from a business meeting to a busy weekend!

To up your professional style, consider wearing a checked pantsuit.  A fun and mod way to add a little pizzazz to your office style is with a black checked pantsuit and white sneakers. Geometric shapes are perfect for the office. We are loving a pair of black and white checked pants topped with a contrasting poncho and a red checked clutch adds the perfect pop of color!

A sophisticated look on our Pinterest board shows a belted black and white plaid jacket worn with white slacks.  An all-plaid pantsuit is another great office style, and we are loving the gray pantsuit on our board shown with a black Givenchy handbag.  Please know, a plaid pantsuit is so versatile. You can wear the pants with a sweater or blouse or wear the jacket with jeans. Make it work girl!!!

Maybe you do not have a fulltime career but still put in a lot of hours on volunteer committees or auxiliary boards.  For your volunteer job, a plaid jacket worn with jeans gives a casual vibe to a put-together look. Our Pinterest board favorite from Nordstrom’s anniversary sale features a pair of jeans worn with a brown Gucci belt and topped with a plaid car coat.  And think about finishing off this chic look with fur-lined loafers!

We are really getting a kick out of the plaid shoe trend!  Toms and Vans are two brands that offer fun plaid sneakers from slip-ons to lace-ups.  And don’t you think a pair of plaid rain boots is perfect for a rainy autumn day? Burberry is the ultimate when it comes to plaid rain boots….be sure to add a scarf and plaid tote!

Plaid skirts are my favorite preppy look!  Ralph Lauren has cornered the preppy market for years….point proven with their vintage blanket-wrap plaid skirt. J. W. Anderson brings a contemporary look to plaid with their asymmetric maxi skirt. And my favorite Pinterest look is a plaid wrap ruffle skirt as seen on Nina Garcia, creative director of Elle magazine.  BTW….if you want to score extra preppy-points, just add a denim shirt!

What says “preppy” more than a cable sweater complemented with something plaid?  Nothing…right? To rev up your preppy style, we think an ideal look is a cable sweater, plaid shirt, and jeans.  Another cute option on our Pinterest board shows a cable sweater and jeans topped with an oversized plaid scarf. By the way, did you know Target has some great plaid scarf options?  Sounds like you are ready for “Friday night lights!”

With all these great options, how can you not be “mad for plaid?” From the first day of school throughout winter, it’s the perfect look for our Texas weather.  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.

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