TREND: Default in Plaid

A T-shirt and jeans are as common as Ramen noodles and energy drinks for college students. But if you’re trying to change your eating habits along with your wardrobe routine, a good alternative to a plain tee is a plaid flannel top. We loved this look in the 90s when grunge ruled and the characters of the all-time favorite film Clueless made plaid “all that.” But plaid has stuck around over the years and has been notably popular around campus for the last week.

Choosing one Fashionista/o to photograph seemed almost unfair. But the pictured Fashionisto, wearing brown Ray Bans, a gray and white plaid button-up and dark jeans, stood out as he sat outside sipping an iced tea. His choice in dark tones makes his overall look clean and fresh.

Finding a similar plaid piece takes little effort because of its popularity for the season – most stores and boutiques carry at least one form of plaid. Anywhere from American Eagle Outfitters to Target carries a decent variety of plaid tops and bottoms in a wide range of colors.

Plaid is eclectic. If you’re going for a pretty look, pink and baby blue plaid is the way to go. Classic red and black plaid is always a good default for any given occasion. There’s nothing classier than a beige, black and red tartan pattern. If you really want to stand out, try going for a mix of yellows and purples. Any form of plaid – a T-shirt, dress, skirt, shorts or pants – is essential to your fall and winter wardrobe. Once the temperature begins to drop, flannel will keep you comfortably warm.

Hint: There’s about a dozen ways to rock plaid, but if you’re lacking ideas check out this post on The Rugby Blog to learn five ways to wear a plaid shirt. And if you want to accessorize with plaid, try a plaid headband, scarf, hat or bag.

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