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Pretty in plaid

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Plaid power

Here at SheKnows, we're going mad for plaid. From skirts and shoes to dresses and accessories, this playful and versatile pattern has us swooning. Simple and timeless, this classic pattern is poised to make a comeback and we couldn't be happier. Check out our picks for must-have plaid looks for summer and beyond.

Plaid Fashion

1. Skirt (Rugby.com, $128), 2. Blouse (Shopbop.com, $108), 3. Romper (Forever 21, $20),
4. Dress (Bloomingdales, $145), 5. Shoes (Neiman Marcus, $62),
6. Tote (Anthropologie, $148), 7. Tank (Mod Cloth, $40)

1Sophisticated skirt

Move over button down shirts – plaid is no longer playing favorites. We're seeing this classic print on everything like this fresh and flirty Ralph Lauren skirt (Rugby.com, $128). We love the high waist and sleek silhouette and can picture this piece dressed up or down depending on what you pair it with. Our pick: Peep-toe wedge sandals, a plain white tank and some metallic accessories.

2Relaxed blouse

Forgo the traditional red checked shirt in favor of something more refined. This plaid blouse (Shopbop.com, $108) in pale pinks and blues is the perfect addition to your mid-season wardrobe and can easily be worn into fall. Tuck it into denim shorts, add a skinny belt and pair with stacked heels for an understated afternoon look.

3Playful romper

Wear this playful herringbone romper (Forever 21, $20) while the weather is still hot enough to show off some skin. We love the breezy and bright combination of jade and magenta and cute cuffed hemline. Pair with strappy flats and toss on a cropped cardigan when the temperature drops.

4Go anywhere dress

It's important to have a few go-to dresses on hand that you can wear to the office but also to a semi-formal soiree in a pinch. We're going gaga over this sleeveless silk Marc Jacobs frock in pretty gray and white plaid (Bloomingdales, $145). It's simple, sophisticated and classic both in cut and design – what's not to love?

5Pretty peep toes

We can't get over how cute and comfy these TOMS madras espadrille wedges are with a peep toe and just enough height to feel slightly dressed up (Neiman Marcus, $62). We'll be wearing these with everything from sunny sundresses to distressed denim. Bonus: For every pair purchased, TOMS will donate shoes to a child in need. It's win-win.

6Tartan tote

Put solids aside and instead carry a bag that will really get noticed. You'd be hard pressed not to love the chic combination of buttery soft leather and navy and white plaid of this stylish tote (Anthropologie, $148). It's roomy enough to safely pack all of your just-in-case items, but it's not too big to be cumbersome.

7Lazy day tank

Throwing on a tank top with jeans or shorts, grabbing a lightweight cardigan and slipping into your most comfortable flats is the perfect way to feel effortlessly cute. For days when you just can't bear the thought of too much fuss, this orange and gray plaid tank top fits the bill (Mod Cloth, $40).

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