Style August 20, 2019

Plaid Round-Up

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Gal Meets Glam Collection Mackenzie Dress

Few things remind me that fall is around the corner more than seeing the plaids from the runways finally pop up at my favorite retailers. I’ve always been drawn to this classic print this time of year, both in small doses like scarves and handbags and statement-making pieces like blazers and pants. With countless variations on the print, ranging from bold buffalo checks to subtle herringbones, there always seems to be a fresh new way to wear plaid, fall after fall. We had so much fun pairing all different plaids for our August Gal Meets Glam Collection, from the windowpane plaid of Emerson, to the navy-on-navy plaid of Mackenzie, to the classic pastel plaid of Kelly. No matter which version resonates with you most, they all make ideal styles for transitioning into the new season. We have a few more plaid pieces coming out in September as well, once we’re ready to completely embrace the arrival of autumn!

plaid fall dress
plaid fall dress

While some people associate plaid with preppy style, many pieces I have my eye on this year have a more contemporary, fashion-forward look. Boxy blazers, wide-leg cropped pants, and elegant midi skirts all made my list of must-have plaid styles for fall. Since plaid is such a classic print, investing in a few high-quality plaid staples you love is well worth it, since you’ll be able to bring them out again year after year. I’ve even found myself coveting the plaid looks I’ve seen in old pictures of my mom and grandma!

plaid fall dress
plaid fall dress

Pairing plaid pieces with fall staples like loafers, tortoise accessories, and suede booties is a classic and easy way to style them, but I also love experimenting with more unexpected options. Don’t be afraid to mix your plaids or wear matching separates together as a suit, like this chic 90s-inspired skirt and blazer from Veronica Beard. Over the next few weeks especially, a plaid piece paired with something more summery helps bridge the gap between seasons. Try this feminine top with white jeans, this slip skirt with a tank top and block heels, or these darling flats with a favorite summer dress.

Gal Meets Glam Collection Kelly Dress

With its feminine beige and pink plaid print, our new Kelly dress makes the perfect transitional piece from summer to fall. Its timeless silhouette is accented by a tortoise belt, which pairs beautifully with brown loafers or flats, espadrilles, or a pair of pumps.

Lizzie Fortunato Headband

This year, headbands and hair accessories have been a huge trend. As we transition into fall, I’m looking forward to switching out some of my pastel headbands for darker colors and prints, like this plaid headband from Lizzie Fortunato.

Kate Spade Mary Jane Flats

I’m always inspired by vintage styles, and Mary Jane shoes instantly remind me of the roaring 20s. Wear this plaid pointed-toe pair from Kate Spade with a dress or white jeans and a sweater for an effortlessly chic look.

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