Plaid Pants Are Trending and They’re More Wearable Than You Think

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Plaid is almost as much of a fall certainty as pumpkin-infused baked goods. And while we’re used to seeing the classic pattern on blazers and skirts, we were pleasantly surprised to see it popping up on slacks and skinnies. Best of all, plaid pants are basically an outfit-maker—and not overwhelming, we promise—when you throw them on with a sweater and boots. Here are ten pairs that prove it. 

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Cropped Skinnies

A fall-ready jewel-toned palette, at your service.

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We’re suddenly feeling very collegiate.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Buffalo-check Wide Legs

The two-toned print is a seasonal staple, and a flattering high-waisted silhouette is way more surprising than your standard flannel.

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Exposed Zipper

We’re suckers for a little well-placed hardware.

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Our middle-school selves would be all over these.

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Super Skinny

These look great with an oversized button-down… and also wouldn’t be out of place in a ’60s music video.

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Moda Operandi

Classic Tartan

Wear with a blazer for school-uniform vibes, or go full Joan Jett with a vintage tee and leather jacket.

Michael Kors Collection ($695)

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Tie Waist

You gotta love a piece that does the accessorizing for you. (Also, how good do these look with that white sweater/boots combo?)

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Silk Slacks

Think of these as a flowy update on summer’s checked pants trend.

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Windowpane Crops

Classic, minimalist and office-friendly. What’s not to like?


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From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.