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Fall 2011 Fashion Trend: Mad for plaid - a fresh look at tartan this season!

This season there is a new take on the country classic as we go 'Mad for Plaid' in Fall/Winter 2011!

It's easy to associate plaid and tartan with traditional fabrics and comfortable pieces, but this season your plaid gets sharper and the colour combinations have become more interesting.

For those fans of tradition, you can still get your fix as a couple of standout collections used plenty of red & black - Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen went back to the designer's plaid roots, and Isabel Marant launched a diffusion look in a similar shade of plaid. The colour may be traditional, but the pieces below will still give your wardrobe a new-season kick.

If you wear a plaid separates with your outfit, this isn't the season to get creative with wacky colours - stick to the same colour palette of the plaid. Neutrals & browns should be paired with cream and ivory. Red & black should be worn with black, red or even a crisp white shirt. And if you love greens & blues, just make sure you accessorize in the same family (or tone it down with grey or black).

Trend Tip: Update your look now with a snappy little plaid jacket, paired with skinny jeans and favourite tee. And for the office, you will be pleasantly surprised how much wear you can get out of a plaid skirt this season! It's a very versatile item - you can wear it with shirts, blouses, knitwear, simple tops.. and with boots or pumps.

Check out some of the Fall 2011 runway looks, and our picks for the best in plaid available online now!

Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2011 L.A.M.B. Fall/Winter 2011 Y-3 Fall/Winter 2011

Fall 2011 Fashion Trends: Plaid prints

Mcq Tartan Twill Jacket
Mcq Tartan Twill Jacket..
$695.00   £431
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Etoile Isabel Marant Georget Wool Blend Tartan Dress
Etoile Isabel Marant Geor..
$380.00   £236
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Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Philosophy Tartan Wool Pencil Skirt Intl Shipping
Vivienne Westwood Angloma..
$332.10   £206
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Alice Olivia Plaid Stacey Pants
Alice Olivia Plaid Stacey..
$253.00   £157
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Thakoon Plaid Print Drawstring Dress
Thakoon Plaid Print Draws..
$550.00   £341
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Milly Melissa Plaid Silk Shirtdress
Milly Melissa Plaid Silk ..
$375.00   £233
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Lela Rose Blured Plaid Sheath Dress
Lela Rose Blured Plaid Sh..
$1,001.72   £621
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Vivienne Westwood Red Label Knit Cap
Vivienne Westwood Red Lab..
$585.58   £363
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Etro Short Sleeved Shift
Etro Short Sleeved Shift..
$854.59   £530
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LAMB Plaid Blazer
LAMB Plaid Blazer..
$465.00   £288
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VIKTOR ROLF Stand Up Tote..
$1,375.00   £853
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Tibi Draped Glen Plaid Dress
Tibi Draped Glen Plaid Dr..
$340.00   £211
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Rachel Zoe Wrap Collar Tie Waist Coat
Rachel Zoe Wrap Collar Ti..
$575.00   £357
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DKNY Patchwork Mini Skirt
DKNY Patchwork Mini Skirt..
$275.00   £171
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Burberry London Exploded Check Long Sleeve Shirt
Burberry London Exploded ..
$295.00   £183
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Label Lab Paloma plaid check dress Multi Coloured
Label Lab Paloma plaid ch..
$65.00   £40
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Ashish Sequin Plaid Dress
Ashish Sequin Plaid Dress..
$1,692.90   £1050
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Vivienne Westwood Tartan medium hh bag
Vivienne Westwood Tartan ..
$620.00   £384
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