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When you think plaid, chances are one of a few things pops into your mind: Lumberjacks, Scottish bagpipe players or Catholic schoolgirls. Since you (probably) don't consider those groups among your style icons, we've found eight totally cool ways to wear the print this winter and fall. 

plaid cape

wear a scarf as a cape

Chances are you've already got the pieces of this look (a blanket scarf and skinny belt) in your closet. 

Get the look: ASOS scarf ($33); BCBG belt ($68)

plaid undershirt

show just a peek of plaid

Not ready to commit to an all-plaid ensemble? Layer a plaid button-down under a cozy sweater to show just a hint of print.

Get the look: J.Crew shirt ($90); ASOS sweater ($58); Lucky Brand skirt ($160); Cartonnier blazer ($158)

plaid sneakers

try an accessory

Fun plaid sneaks jazz up an otherwise plain, all-black outfit. (And are majorly comfortable.)

Get the look: Superga sneakers ($90)

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plaid coat

play with proportions

Super-skinny jeans are perfectly balanced by a boxy, oversized coat that will keep you warm all winter long. 

Get the look: Pendleton coat ($370)

yellow plaid

choose unexpected color combinations

Red, blues and greens are great, but an unexpected yellow throws a style curveball in the best way possible. 

Get the look: BDG skirt ($59)

plaid skirt

wear a plaid skirt without looking like a schoolgirl

By pairing a plaid midi with a tough biker jacket and on-trend Chelsea boots, no one will mistake you for Molly Shannon's Mary Katherine Gallagher. 

Get the look: Kate Spade skirt ($368); ASOS jacket ($108)

plaid tied waist

tie it around your waist without looking grunge

Kurt Cobain, this is not. Tie a flannel button-down over a sleek top and pants combo to show that you don't take yourself too seriously. 

Get the look: Madewell flannel ($118); Kate Spade tote ($358)

mixed plaids

mix prints

If you're gonna go for it, why not go for it?

?Get the look: Equipment shirt ($107); Esprit skirt ($70)

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