8 Plaid Skirt Outfits to Try This Season

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

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The button-down front adds interest to this classic mini.

Plaid Slit Pencil Skirt + Henley + Bustier + Denim Jacket + Embellished Sandals

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Now this is how you layer like a pro.

Plaid Pleated Miniskirt + Hourglass Jacket + Turtleneck + Slingback Pumps

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The schoolgirl look is all grown-up.

Plaid Skirt + Layered Button-Down Shirts + Kitten-Heel Ankle Boots

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Keep your color palette simple, and mixing prints will be a cinch.

Plaid Miniskirt + Ruffled Blouse + Harness Boots

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Blair Waldorf would be proud.

Plaid Wrap Skirt + Turtleneck + Utility Jacket + Over-the-Knee Boots

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You don't have to cover up 100% to stay cozy.

Plaid Midi Skirt + Oversize Sweater + Slingback Pumps

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Dress up your baggiest, comfiest sweater with some grown-up accessories and a slit-front skirt.

Plaid Wrap Skirt + Trench Coat + Sweater + Over-the-Knee Boots

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Sandra Semburg

Double the checks, double the fun.

Like your favorite flannel, but in skirt form.

Do yourself a favor and get the matching blazer too.

Toughen this up with chunky boots or give it a preppy spin with loafers and ankle socks.

We love the chain detail.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.