Fashion Clothing How to Look Polished in Plaid This Winter By Caroline Vazzana Caroline Vazzana Caroline Vazzana is a NYC-based freelancer and director. She focuses on all things fashion, accessories, and celebrities. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on October 22, 2015 @ 04:30PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images Now that the temperatures have really dropped, it's time to start sporting the unofficial print of the season: plaid. The wintery pattern lends a regal touch to any ensemble and is a welcome alternative to an all black color palette. Not sure how to style it with your existing pieces? Below, four foolproof ways to incorporate plaid into your everyday wardrobe. 6 Ways to Wear Your Summer Dresses In Fall 01 of 04 Play With Pastels Timur Emek/Getty Images Rather than reaching for your standard colored plaid offerings, look for patterns in lighter hues. This pastel plaid coat certainly pops on a cold winter day. 02 of 04 Wrap it Up Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images Not only is a plaid blanket scarf warm and cozy, it elevates a jean and sneaker outfit combo. 03 of 04 Get Bright Timur Emek/Getty Images Shocking pink, blue, and gold offer an unexpected take on this plaid pencil skirt. Keep the rest of your ensemble in neutral-colored hues. 04 of 04 Wear It All Over Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images The key to donning an all-plaid look is to keep your checks in the same color family. Simple black pumps are the perfect finishing touch.