The Best Winter Plaids: It’s a Mad Plaid World

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Plaid: the pattern beloved by lumberjacks and street-style bloggers alike. And finally, it’s shedding the stigma of early-‘90s Nirvana and Pearl Jam groupies. Plaid is here to stay, in a big way. Think of it as the more laid-back and boyish alternative to your animal prints. It’s versatile, outdoorsy, and begs to be glammed up a little bit. Go for one of these basic pieces, then introduce feminine oomph with a swipe of deep red lipstick or a killer-sharp leather bootie. Say hello to the best winter plaids.

1. Madewell Blanket Scarf: Cozy up with a wool-gauze scarf inspired by a tartan-plaid throw. This should come with a fireplace and mug of hot chocolate. On Shopbop for $65.

2. Givenchy Men’s Plaid Backpack: The fact that this is a men’s style makes it all the more appealing. Consider it a cheeky, snobby nod to your high school rucksack. At Bergdorf Goodman for $794 (from $1,135).

3. Wax + Cruz Ray Baseball Hat: You don’t need to shroud yourself to get the effect. One trendy topper with a leather brim will get you on the plaid bandwagon in style. On Shopbop for $98.

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4. McQ Alexander McQueen Tartan Wool Dress: Gwen Stefani would be all over this homage to punk-princess plaid that is oh-so East London. Luckily, a girly cut also keeps it classic. On NET-A-PORTER for $826 (from $1,180).

5. Club Monaco Georgia Coat: Why go for a knockoff of Stella McCartney’s plaid coat, when you can have something original? A clean palette and fuzzy print keeps the effect neutral. On Shopbop for $569.

6. Bella Dahl Long-Sleeve Placket Shirt: With self-rolled sleeves to provide contrast (unroll them if you want full print) and a cropped length, this is an updated take on Seattle-grunge plaid. On Shopbop for $145.

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