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How to wear plaid now
Ever since the head-to-toe leopard incident of '09 we've learned to wear prints in moderation. Resist the urge to go overboard with this season's plaid trend by accenting outfits with these stylish-yet-subtle tartan accessories.
For cold winter weather, we love Rugby Ralph Lauren's fully lined Buffalo Check Newsboy Cap ($50) or Terrain's hand-woven Avoca Spool Scarf ($48). Both look smart with a belted khaki trench--and as many layers as you can fit underneath it.
Versatile, functional and just plain gorgeous, this plaid Barrel Satchel ($215) from Dooney & Bourke might become your go-everywhere bag. Sling it across an oversized cable knit cardigan for English Countryside sophistication.
Pump up your shoe appeal with Bettye Muller's Tartan Round-Toe Pump ($214). The cheery checkered pattern complements a pair of straight-front slacks, or glams up a skirt and thick tights.
Worn as a flirty frock or a lightweight jacket, the Plenty by Tracy Reese Tangelo Plaid Princess Coat Dress ($173) will sheath you in style. Go easy on accessories with this one, as the bold color and elaborate pattern will already have you standing out in a crowd.