A plaid is a pattern consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical bands in two or more colors in woven fabrics. Whether checkered, tartan, or houndstooth, we’ll all be marching straight into Fall with a wardrobe of plaid jackets, dresses, trousers and more. Plaid is a classic print that reminds us of high school uniforms and what better way to roll into a new school season than by mixing and matching the motif in fresh and unique ways. We’re talking about wearing plaid on plaid or donning the print on a high waisted skirt or a sleek woolen coat, all of which will have you looking sleek and chic this autumn. As seen on the fall 2013 runways, women are craving checks and tartan. Mix this preppy classic with leather moto jackets and boots for a look that’s less school girl and more like a cool girl. Last winter, it was all about the very strict monochromes. Black and white was everywhere to be styled with other bold colors. This autumn, it’s a little bit softer with color-drenched checks back in trend. Tartan is now the center of our attention, its back in a big way as nearly every store and designer is doing their own take on this trend. In cotton, fur, sequins, silks and much more, the tartan print is a must-have style in your closets this season. One can pair the tartan’s checks with more checks or one could opt for a subtler approach and consider styling a tartan blouse, jacket, coat or skirt. There are pretty tartan skirts and shirts at Zara and Mango. Some Trendy Combinations with Plaid & Checks For a lovely look you can pair your tartan shirt with a maxi skirt, a hat and flat ankle boots. For a classic look you can wear your tartan shirt with denim shorts and a nice belt. To be more boyish you can layer an oversized sweater over a plaid shirt. This stylish combination would work with a skirt, a pair of skinny jeans or even tight leather pants. To add a lot of elegance to your style you may throw a faux-fur waistcoat over a checks shirt. Another very smart style, you may layer your tartan shirt over a flowing dress to give it a cozy and girly feel. As seen above there are many ways to wear plaid and checks prints this fall and women can really have fun with these prints in the Fall/Winter season of 2013.