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The Enduring Power of Plaid

The Enduring Power of Plaid

It makes sense that plaid’s moment has lasted for centuries when you consider the pattern’s virtues: It’s inherently versatile (it looks as good in the Highlands as it does in Brooklyn), it’s optimistic without being twee, and it’s one of those enigmatic patterns that can easily stand in for a solid. This season’s plays on plaid give reason to check all preconceived notions at the closet door—a plaid suit need not read Cher Horowitz, checked skirts shine outside the classroom, and sometimes, two plaids are better than one.

  1. CHECK MATES

    A microcheck midi skirt paired with a turtleneck sweater and knee-high boots is a streamlined base that’s chic even without the matching jacket. Keep the accessories—like a watch that means business and a smart black bag—simple.

  2. Bob's Watches Watch Bob's Watches Watch
    Bob’s Watches
    Watch
    goop, $5,800
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  3. Kosas Highlighter Kosas Highlighter
    Kosas
    Blush and Highlighter
    goop, $34
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  4. Mark Cross Handbag Mark Cross Handbag
    Mark Cross
    Handbag
    goop, $2,195
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  5. Officine Generale Turtleneck Officine Generale Turtleneck
    Officine Generale
    Turtleneck
    goop, $425
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  6. Victoria Beckham Jacket Victoria Beckham Jacket
    Victoria Beckham
    Jacket
    goop, $1,960
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  7. Victoria Beckham Skirt Victoria Beckham Skirt
    Victoria Beckham
    Skirt
    goop, $990
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  8. Victoria Beckham Boots Victoria Beckham Boots
    Victoria Beckham
    Boots
    goop, $1,715
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  1. NOD TO THE ’90S

    This revised riff on grunge emphasizes juxtaposition: A houndstooth wrap skirt with a sexy, uneven hem meets a cream turtleneck sweater with pointelle stitching. The black lace-up boots get stacked heels and a slim, almost Victorian profile.

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    Spinelli Kilcollin
    Earrings
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  3. Sophie Ratner Ring Sophie Ratner Ring
    Sophie Ratner
    Ring
    goop, $950
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  4. Beautycounter Dew Skin Beautycounter Dew Skin
    Beautycounter
    Dew Skin
    goop, $45
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  5. What Goes Around Comes Around Chanel Flap Bag What Goes Around Comes Around Chanel Flap Bag
    What Goes Around Comes Around
    Chanel Flap Bag
    goop, $3,500
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  6. G. Label Yang High-cuff turtleneck sweater G. Label Yang High-cuff turtleneck sweater
    G. Label
    Yang High-cuff
    turtleneck sweater

    goop, $595
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  7. Chloé Skirt Chloé Skirt
    Chloé
    Skirt
    goop, $1,595
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  8. Chloé Boots Chloé Boots
    Chloé
    Boots
    goop, $1,340
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  1. GEEK CHIC

    If you’re jealous of your kid’s school uniform, approximate your own (but better and, you know, adult-size). Mix-and-match plaids in complementary shades for a playful take on prep—crisp white tennis shoes included. Be glad your backpack days are history, and reach instead for a colorful bag that holds almost as much.

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    Jennifer Fisher x goop
    Hoops
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  3. Colette Jewelry Bracelet Colette Jewelry Bracelet
    Colette Jewelry
    Bracelet
    goop, $600
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  4. Kjaer Weis Lip Tint Kjaer Weis Lip Tint
    Kjaer Weis
    lip tint
    goop, $49
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  5. Mansur Gavriel Bag Mansur Gavriel Bag
    Mansur Gavriel
    Bag
    goop, $1,195
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  6. Madeleine Thompson Sweater Madeleine Thompson Sweater
    Madeleine Thompson
    Sweater
    goop, $495
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  7. Marni Skirt Marni Skirt
    Marni
    Skirt
    goop, $1,090
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  8. Stella McCartney Sneaker Stella McCartney Sneaker
    Stella McCartney
    Sneaker
    goop, $495
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  1. ONE-PIECE WONDERS

    A timeless trench, a wool blazer, tailored trousers, or a shirtdress may be good in grey, but in a neutral
    check they’re all flawless—and they shake up a weeklong run of all-black everything.

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    Staud
    bag
    goop, $295
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  3. Khaite Blazer Khaite Blazer
    Khaite
    Blazer
    goop, $1,820
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  4. Frame Blazer Frame Blazer
    Frame
    Blazer
    goop, $595
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  5. Officine Generale Coat Officine Generale Coat
    Officine Generale
    Coat
    goop, $970
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  6. NO. 6 Dress NO. 6 Dress
    NO. 6
    Dress
    goop, $495
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  7. Stella McCartney Pants Stella McCartney Pants
    Stella McCartney
    Pants
    goop, $885
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