Fashion Clothing 16 Plaid Skirt Outfits You'll Want to Copy ASAP Fall's favorite fashion staple is back. By Samantha Sutton Samantha Sutton Instagram Samantha is InStyle's senior fashion editor. She joined the brand in 2019 and oversees the site's fashion coverage, including trend reporting, fashion exclusives, celebrity style interviews, and Fashion Week coverage. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on September 2, 2021 @ 04:16PM Pin Share Tweet Email In This Article View All In This Article The Schoolcore Way With a Blazer Grunge-Inspired As Part of a Set With a Turtleneck With a Graphic Top With a Polo Mixing Prints Complete With Some Sneakers Monochromatic Colorblocked With a Sweatshirt With a Vest Styled For Chilly Days Layered Over Pants Paired With Standout Pieces Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images At some point over the past year, we found yet another nostalgic item sneaking its way back into our wardrobe. Plaid skirts — both of the short, pleated variety and long, flowy designs — were popping up everywhere, inspiring us to get a little preppy. With social media as our guide, we felt an urge to style them with socks, loafers, and sweaters, creating looks that nailed both the schoolcore and light academia trends. Now, as fall rolls around once again, we're itching to try even more plaid skirt outfit ideas. Unsurprisingly, there's a ton of inspiration out there, since this piece is extremely versatile. Whether you're someone who enjoys the classics or are down for experimenting with new ways to wear old things, you'll find a ton of looks worth giving try, ahead. 12 Plaid Outfit Ideas to Try This Fall The Schoolcore Way Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images Add a T-shirt, scrunched-up socks, and a pair of sneakers or loafers and you've nailed the look. With a Blazer Christian Vierig/Getty Images It's a sleek layering choice, but a pair of boots and chain necklaces will keep your look from feeling too corporate. 14 Blazer Outfit Ideas That Will Have You Saying 'Wait, Why Didn't I Think of That?' Grunge-Inspired Jared Siskin/Getty Images Go ahead and throw on that graphic tee, a camo jacket, and combat boots for a fun punk combination. As Part of a Set Christian Vierig/Getty Images You can even spice up a suit by adding a plaid button-down in a similar colorway, testing out fall 2021's 3-piece outfit trend. With a Turtleneck Edward Berthelot/Getty Images When in doubt, this simple shirt option looks cute every time. With a Graphic Top Edward Berthelot/Getty Images If your plaid skirt is structured, this styling choice will help make it more casual and laid-back. 12 Casual-Cute Outfits to Wear to a Baseball Game With a Polo Christian Vierig/Getty Images Two traditionally preppy pieces make for the perfect pairing. Mixing Prints While plaid skirts tend to feel classic and traditional, throwing on an extra print will transform your look into something unexpected and playful. Complete With Some Sneakers Edward Berthelot/Getty Images The more outrageous and colorful, the better. Monochromatic Melodie Jeng/Getty Images Even if it's not exact match, styling your skirt with a top, shoes, and accessories within the same or similar color families will create an outfit that really stands out. Colorblocked Edward Berthelot/Getty Images Get out of your comfort zone and combine pieces that feel like opposites. It's a trick that Patricia Field relies on when dreaming up iconic outfits for both Carrie Bradshaw and Emily in Paris. With a Sweatshirt Edward Berthelot/Getty Images Even if you're trading your jeans and joggers for a plaid skirt, you don't have to ditch all your comfy clothes. This baby pairs perfectly with solid hoodies and chunky boots, too. With a Vest Christian Vierig/Getty Images Another must-have item for 2021. Wait, So This Is How Everyone Is Styling Vests Now? Styled For Chilly Days Streetstyleshooters/Getty Images A plaid maxi skirt will act like a blanket for your legs, while longer-length boots provide some extra warmth. Complete the look with a leather jacket. Layered Over Pants Christian Vierig/Getty Images Yes, this Y2K trend is back and there's no better time to experiment. Paired With Standout Pieces Christian Vierig/Getty Images A leather blazer, fluffy slipper shoes — it's adding statement pieces like these that will help a plaid skirt and T-shirt combo really pop.