As back-to-school trends begin to trickle onto the racks, gingham plaid will inevitably be one of them. This never-fail fall style continuously wins over male and female wardrobes alike. However, as the temperatures remain tepid, heavy flannels and stiff shirts can spoil any plans for plaid. This week’s Fashionista combines a lightweight fabric with a fall-friendly trend to make the perfect transition back to school.

Donning citrus-colored brights and whimsical bangles, this week’s Fashionista has certainly not abandoned the summer season. However, her plaid pattern and chino shorts make a subtle transition into autumn’s trends without diving head first into full-length trousers and stifling sweaters. Although the September rush of styles makes it difficult to resist cozy knits and warm wool, the temperatures can sometimes be too sticky to embrace our favorite fall trends. This Fashionista offers the ultimate solution. Her combination of long sleeves and short hems meets in the middle between sunshine and study hall. Her goldenrod yellow button-down is the perfect shade for both summer and fall, as it complements browns and brights equally as beautifully.

If your back-to-school season is too sizzling for sweaters, try pairing a long-sleeved plaid with chino shorts like this Fashionista, or pair this classic style with an a-line skirt and penny loafers. Add a basic blazer or ankle socks for an academic look.

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