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3 Fresh Ways to Style Plaid Pants

A lesson in styling from three tastemakers in the know.

Phuong Nguyen

There's a reason many of us gravitate towards a pair of jeans everyday: they're easy. We've established that denim is a neutral; it has the capacity to pair with nearly anything in your closet. Naturally, other slightly louder varieties of trousers take on an air of intimidation. When a piece seems too loud, we tend to scale back in terms of styling—opting for simple items, like white t-shirts and solid-hued sweaters, to better frame the statement piece in question—but that doesn't have to be the case. Within the realm of polarizing pants, we're honing in on plaid pants as today's trouser du jour (a style many of us already have in our closets). Below, three stylish tastemakers debut new ways to style them that are anything but boring.

Coordinating Blazer + Graphic T-shirt + Kitten Heels

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Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@arpanarayamajhi

Go mad for plaid with a head-to-toe ensemble of coordinating tailored separates. The quirky plaid defuses the gravitas a suit would normally carry, as does the graphic tee. Finish the whole thing off with ladylike slingbacks.

Knit Polo + Belt + Statement Bag

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Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@emmafridsell

If you lean into a fuller silhouette in your pant leg, pare it down with the top, like the effect you get from this slinky knit polo. The addition of colorful accessories provide a seamless transition from brown to print.

Adjustable Gancini Belt

Salvatore Ferragamo

Bra + Blazer + Ballet Flats

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Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@harlingross

While an oversized blazer and pair of trousers may seem too office-friendly, the sneak peek of a bra livens up the ensembles. Then, contrast the salacious energy of the bra with a dainty pair of ballet flats.

Alyssa Pant

Autumn Adeigbo

The Demi

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