Ah, plaid. You've worn it at least once at some phase in your life, but for now (emphasis on the temporary, because God knows that in fashion what goes around comes around), lay aside the punk connotations and circa-2007 emo vibes. Avril Lavigne's #sk8rboi can say "see u l8r boi"—2018's take on the plaid trend roots itself on the following elements: boxy oversized suiting, heritage checks, and shoulder pads. You read that last part right.
This year, calling checkmate means being simultaneously prim and proper and boyish and irreverent. Think houndstooth-heavy '80s posh, but slouchy and loose-fitting. Did you steal that blazer from dad? Grandpa? Your belligerent big brother? Keep 'em guessing.
Our sartorial advice? Invest in a full suit! There are no cons: separates are great for styling, and when put together, you'll wield unparalled power.
Oh, and if you're not a trouser gal, a miniskirt version channels just the right amount of Cher Horowitz to keep you buggin'.