REASONS TO LOVE IT
There's something irresistibly naughty about tartan baby-doll dresses, cropped jackets, and separates that skim the body in a quietly seductive way.
HOW TO WORK IT
Plaid can seem too prim, so hair should be a little wild. Swipe on dark lipstick or eyeliner to give this look some bite. In other words, the less put together, the better! Pair a tartan top with leather pants, or pull on tall boots with a plaid dress. Unexpected shapes work well in the office. So do tapered trousers or high heeled tartan pumps.
Photos: (left to right) Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Celine
Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Skirt
Wool-cashmere, $297; aliceandolivia.com.
Wool-blend, $418; nordstrom.com.
W118 by Walter Baker Coat
Polyester-wool, $268; bloomingdales.com.
Q Mack Shirt
Polyester, $79; macys.com.
Cotton-spandex, $285; at Balliets, 405-848-7811.
Manolo Blahnik Pumps
Cotton with patent leather, $895; at select Barneys New York stores.
Wool, $795; shopbop.com.