Thanks to influential designers like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, checks and tartans have become style staples for every occasion.

By Emma McAnaw and Flavia Nunez
October 08, 2015
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Cozy and chic, these gloves are an unbeatably warm combo of leather and wool. Wear the exaggerated pattern with a classic trench coat for a quick outerwear update. To buy: $23, zara.com.
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Cozy and chic, these gloves are an unbeatably warm combo of leather and wool. Wear the exaggerated pattern with a classic trench coat for a quick outerwear update.

To buy: $23, zara.com.

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Break away from traditional plaids in favor of this modernly minimalist windowpane check. The streamlined cut is flattering for almost all body types, especially when elevated with a sleek pump. Available in three colors.

To buy: $35, hm.com.

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Throw on this weekend-friendly layer to dress your go-to outfits up or down. Wear it open over boyfriend jeans and a tee, or belt it over a pencil skirt paired with tall, heeled boots for a more polished look.

To buy: $38, forever21.com.

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Thanks to its neutral design and light colors, this versatile piece goes with almost everything. The extended cut has an elongating and slimming effect—without sacrificing the comfort of a roomy sweater.

To buy: $40, target.com.

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This eye-catching scarf is an instant outfit-maker for hectic mornings—rich, saturated colors and fringed edges add a little oomph to anything you pair it with, from staid wool sheaths to a plain white top.

To buy: $58, ralphlauren.com.

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Old-school tartan blazers get a lesson in style thanks to crisp, modern tailoring. Pair with black pants or jeans and heeled booties for an easy everyday outfit. Want to go a little edgier? Black leather leggings will do the trick.

To buy: $128, express.com.

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A sleek pointy toe and slim heel raise these otherwise conservative pumps to stylish new heights—dark tonal colors add an air of sophistication.

To buy: $135, zappos.com.

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A nod to the timeless, original Ray Ban shape make these sunnies appropriate for every season. Not a pattern person? Play your plaids close to your chest (or temples as the case may be) with this unexpected interior element.

To buy: $150, brooksbrothers.com.

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Refined and playful at the same time, this wrap dress feels right on trend, but the classic plaid will stay in fashion for years to come. Available in two colors.

To buy: $159, anntaylor.com.

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