As heavier fabrics and darker hues take us from late-summer sun to mid-fall fun, don’t forget to lean on good old-fashioned plaid. The tried-and-true aesthetic not only works on farmers, but rather gives everyone from the preppy school girl to the mom-on-the-go something to celebrate this season. Dive in and treat yourself to the perfect plaid from head to toe.
Wrap it up with a simple headband that marries classic tartan with boho flair. We’re loving this Etsy find that’s only $8.99 and can be customized in your favorite color choices. While red makes a splash, a bold blue isn’t far behind on the favorites list. Throw this on and cover up a bad hair day. Just make sure to hide it from your daughter(s) to avoid theft.
Top things off in a surprisingly silky plaid top. Gauzy material keeps the look from being too heavy or masculine, pairing expertly with skirts, slacks, or even skinny jeans and a pair of black ballet flats. At only 15 bucks, this Forever 21 steal is an absolute must. Our only complaint? It doesn’t come in like, five other colors for stocking up.
Get fancy in a sweater dress that fits and flatters. We could not be more in love with this BOSS Hugo Boss grayscale option available at Saks. A black Peter Pan collar, cuffed half sleeves, and a length that’s work-appropriate and date night-chic make this dress a clear winner for fall. Picture it making an appearance everywhere from the Thanksgiving dinner table to a board meeting to girls’ lunch with your favorite people. $325.
Try a trouser at ankle length for the new take on fall chic. Paired effortlessly with low boots and a tucked-in shirt, Tommy Hilfiger‘s tartan ankle pant are your easy answer for what to wear today. They offer just enough stretch for a comfortable fit, but are not so relaxed as to look sloppy. $79.
Skirt the issue with a knee-length swing style that’s as ladylike as it is edgy. As paired here with black pointed-toe heels, you cannot go wrong. We also would love this styled with black tights and low, flat boots. It’s an equal opportunity stunner, doing double duty for day or night, Monday-Friday or weekend. And Christmas ensemble? This with a black turtleneck — nailed it. Pink Tartan’s Buffalo Plaid Circle skirt, $345, Nordstrom.
Bada$$ boots were made for mommies. No one said your preteen was the only one in the house allowed to have cool fall shoes this year. These motos are easy to walk in, pair great with tights (or scrunchy socks, as shown here!) and will help you power through your day with a splash of color and style. In a blend of leather, wool, and rubber, these are easy to spot-clean and will be just as cool next year too, we promise. $225, Urban Outfitters.