How to Wear Plaid

No matter what your body type, here are some tips for wearing this season's must-have print.
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How to Wear Plaid

No matter what your body type, here are some tips for wearing this season’s must-have print.

-Erin Donnelly

AnnLynne McCord

AnnLynne McCord makes a bold fashion statement in a plaid coat.

From bold buffalo prints to faded grunge-era flannels, plaid is all over the shops this season. But before you rush to give your credit card a workout it’s important to remember that one girl’s trendy tartan chic is another girl’s lumberjack nightmare — this checked print can be tricky to pull off. To help make the trend work for you, we’ve honed in on the plaid styles that work best for each body type. Happy hunting!

If You’re Petite
The only petite people who can really get away with intense plaids are, um, leprechauns. Smaller frames tend to be overwhelmed by big prints and it can be hard to work a kilt without looking like a Catholic schoolgirl. Stick to a plaid accessory worn with solids in a complementary color, or opt for a smaller plaid print in a darker hue, which will be more forgiving on your figure.


Nili Lotan ruffle-front halter top ($128.80, This halter’s dark navy and hunter green print is less-in-your face and therefore better suited to petites. Pair it with black skinny jeans and a solid cardigan for a fab look.


Topshop tweed check cross-body bag ($55, This ribbon-trimmed, Chanel-esque black plaid purse oozes elegance.

Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe buffalo plaid flats ($11.49, Jazz up your jeans with these notice-me flats, available in purple, pink, green or white and black plaid.

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