Plaid-Infused Back-to-School Outfits That Are Actually Groundbreaking

Some say minimal effort — as in zero time taken for styling — and maximum comfort are all that matters when it comes to back-to-school outfits. We disagree. One can be both bookish and stylish all semester long, even after the realities of your course load set in. The trick, as with all things academic-related, is to plan ahead. Establish something of a uniform.

For Fall 2017, designers were very much taken with the idea of uniform dressing. And by uniform, we mean prep-school plaid. Across the runways of New York, Paris, London and Milan, plaid — tartan, Tattersall, Madras, glen, you name it — adorned every type of clothing, bringing with it the scholarly vibes. Honestly, Dilone and Hanne Gaby Odiele would’ve looked just as natural swigging coffee en route to their morning seminar as they did strutting the catwalks of Self-Portrait and Alexander Wang, respectively.

Why not build your back-to-school lewk around the same pattern that dominated the recent runways? After all, plaid is to fall what floral is to spring (synonymous, always in vogue). It’s conservative yet subversive. It’s vibrant. It’s nostalgic. It’s inescapable.

Need further convincing? Click through the slideshow above for 29 brilliant (plaid-infused) back-to-school outfit ideas care of the Fall 2017 runways. Even those who’ve already declared and mastered their major will want to take a look at these.

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