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How to wear plaid for fall

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Plaid done right

Patterns can be tricky to wear -- from the right stripes that won’t make you look bigger to the right polka dots that won’t label you as a circus act. Plaids are one of those patterns that can be hip and modern -- or just a trucker hat shy of a costume. Knowing how to wear it can make all the difference.

Keep it Neutral

Plaid has been around a long time and continues to evolve with fashion. Wearing it the right way for fall will help keep your style fresh. Keep away from bright plaids more appropriate for a 5-year-old. Take a tip from Jessica Alba and try more neutral, subtle plaids that can be layered with a knitted sweater or scarf.

Plaid done right

Mix with feminine details

Plaid can be very masculine, so keep your feminine side in mind. Wear the print as a feminine silhouette -- with ruffles or as a tailored coat with a bow like Lauren Conrad.

Plaid done right

Incorporate with accents

If you tend to steer clear of patterns in general, just try to incorporate plaid in mini-doses. Baby steps are always a good idea when introducing a new pattern or trend into your wardrobe. Katie Holmes wears a plaid scarf with a classic jean-and-sweater combo.

Plaid done right

More fall fashion tips:

Fall color of the moment: CamelHow to belt your layers for fallFive fall wardrobe must-haves

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