Now that summer is winding down, it seems like fall is on everyone’s minds. Stores have been holding annual end of summer sales and restocking merchandise with their fall collections. The upcoming semester is also something everyone’s been talking about as it seems that the days to when classes begin are getting fewer and fewer. That’s why when I spotted this week's Fashionista rocking a pair of black and white plaid shorts, I was immediately put into the school mindset. Something about this pattern also makes me think about fall and the new school year because it reminds me of preppy school uniforms. But also, plaid is just such a fall staple and is a print commonly seen during the colder months of the year.

This week's Fashionista showed that plaid doesn’t necessarily have to be a print reserved solely for fall and winter. I like that she kept the basic elements of her outfit simple, her printed bottom with a plain black top, and then added bold gold accessories such as her shoes and cuff bracelet. Even her black quilted bag with gold accents perfectly balances the black and gold aspects of her ensemble.

While plaid was a common trend of the grunge 1990’s fashion era, it can still be found in all articles of clothing today. You can try this long sleeve button down shirt-dress by Isabel Marant, or a cool flowing plaid maxi skirt in order to incorporate the pattern into your look. However, if you want to see truly inspiring examples of how to wear plaid, look no further then fashion icon Cher Horowitz. Half her wardrobe from the classic movie Clueless was plaid, including her most memorable look of the yellow plaid skirt suit. Similar to Cher’s sartorial choices, this Fashionista demonstrates that plaid is not just worn as grunge and cowgirl styles, you can find chic ways to make this print a statement through your own look all year round. So Fashionista’s, if you want to look like a total betty then I hope you don’t wear plaid sporadically.

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