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This is the most bittersweet time of the year: vacation time is winding down, summer nights become a little brisker, and it’s time to head back to campus. In this case, the start of the fall season means back to school shopping! It's the perfect opportunity to refresh your wardrobe, and what better way to do so than by adding some plaid into your collection? Whether you have a nostalgic connection with the pattern because it was once your school uniform or your favorite flannel in rotation, the checkered print is loved by many. 

From its Scottish origins in the 1500s to the fashion statement it became in the 90s, plaid has evolved over the years and has become a classic. Designers are continuously fond of the pattern: Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim have used it in their Fall/Winter 2015 lines and it basically help make a name for Marc Jacobs in the 90s during his days at Perry Ellis. Even Target is getting on board this fall with an Adam Lippes collab hitting stores in September. 
It was also all over some of the most popular movies of that decade, too. Who can forget Alicia Silverstone’s iconic preppy coordinates in “Clueless” or Liv Tyler’s bad girl aesthetic in “Empire Records”? Today, the print still comes in an array of colors, varying line widths and textures. The best part is that there really isn’t a “right” or “wrong” way to rock the plaid. Here are some fashion finds to inspire your fall sartorial choices.