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2012 Holiday Plaid

With Thanksgiving now behind us, we are officially ready to usher in the Christmas season. For me, that means the return of all things gingerbread and cinnamon-related, the arrival of Christmas music on every radio station in town and, of course, the reappearance of seasonal plaid prints in every retail store across the nation.

Ever since Sarah Jessica Parker donned that gorgeous and unexpected Alexander McQueen plaid and tulle design at the 2006 Met Gala, plaid has earned a reputation beyond its habitual association with Scottish kilts and lumberjack uniforms. And this time of year, there is hardly a shortage of the checked tartan fabric as the holidays seem to have adopted plaid as their unofficial signature pattern

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen at the 2006 Met Gala (Photo Credit: Netrobe)

So this season, get mad for plaid.

To get your own version of SJP’s show-stopper gown, opt for one of the following. Pair these dresses with leggings or chunky socks and either a riding or combat boot for a cute day look or take them a bit fancier for evening with the addition of sheer black tights and a classic black pump.

Rugby Jordanne Plaid Dress

Rugby Jordanne Plaid Dress | $198 | (Photo Credit: Rugby)

Talbots Gala-Plaid Taffeta Dress

Talbots Gala-Plaid Taffeta Dress | $199 | (Photo Credit: Talbots)

Barney's New York Co-op Plaid Shirt Dress

Barney’s New York Co-op Plaid Shirt Dress | $385 | (Photo Credit: Elle.com)

If separates are more your speed, incorporate the seasonal fabric into your wardrobe with the addition of a skirt, pant, or blouse like any of the following. Choose to offset the busyness of this print with a solid, such as black, grey, or cream, or a classic dark denim jean.

Feel flirty in a plaid skirt:

Donna Karan Plaid Taffeta Skirt

Donna Karan Plaid Taffeta Skirt | $995 | (Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus)

Olympia LE-TAN Aude Skirt

Olympia LE-TAN Aude Skirt | $648 | (Photo Credit: FarFetch.com)

L.K. Bennett Rhea Wool Blanket Check Skirt

L.K. Bennett Rhea Wool Blanket Check Skirt | $230 | (Photo Credit: L.K. Bennett)

Punch up your office wear with a pair of plaid pants:

Chloe Plaid Cropped Pant

Chloe Plaid Cropped Pant | $995 | (Photo Credit: Forward by Elyse Walker)

Free People Plaid Slouchy Trouser

Free People Plaid Slouchy Trouser | $158 | (Photo Credit: Free People)

Trina Turk Rialto Wide Leg Pants

Trina Turk Rialto Wide Leg Pants | $148.80 | (Photo Credit: Nordstrom)

Or pursue plaid with a perfectly tailored button-down:

J.Crew Boy Shirt in Poppy Plaid

J.Crew Boy Shirt in Poppy Plaid | $88 | (Photo Credit: J.Crew)

C&C California Roll Sleeve Pocket Plaid Shirt

C&C California Roll Sleeve Pocket Plaid Shirt | $118 | (Photo Credit: Piperlime)

Madewell Penfield Wayland Denim Trail Shirt

Madewell Penfield Wayland Denim Trail Shirt | $88 | (Photo Credit: Madewell)

Spice up your outerwear by opting for a plaid pattern when covering up in chillier weather. I love the bright colors in this Smythe piece with leather elbow patches and shoulder detail.

Smythe Plaid Equestrian Blazer

Smythe Plaid Equestrian Blazer | $695 | (Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus)

I also love the adorable cut and design of this Blutsgeschwister coat from Mod Cloth.

I Heart Plaid Coat

I Heart Plaid Coat | $277.99 | (Photo Credit: Mod Cloth)

And this muted color plaid print wool trench from Free People offers the perfect combination of chic, comfort and practicality as it not only comes fully lined but also with a hood!

Free People Vintage Plaid Trench

Free People Vintage Plaid Trench | $498 | (Photo Credit: Free People)

This grey, white and black tartan-printed vest from Madewell would be perfect over a simple black cashmere sweater or grey cable turtleneck

Madewell Hooded Tartan Vest

Madewell Hooded Tartan Vest | $168 | (Photo Credit: Polyvore)

And this fur-lined puffer version from Quicksilver would be sure to keep you warm on your next ski trip paired with a cozy cream or red henley and a pair of your comfiest sweats.

Quicksilver Forest Run Puffer Vest

Quicksilver Forest Run Puffer Vest | $112.50 | (Photo Credit: Quicksilver)

Don’t forget to pimp out your accessories in plaid. With the pattern adorning everything from iPhone cases and loafers to clutches and scarves, there’s a plaid piece for everyone this Holiday season.

Royal Stewart iPhone 5 Case

Royal Stewart iPhone 5 Case | $51.35 | (Photo Credit: Zazzle)

Gap Patterned Canvas Loafers

Gap Patterned Canvas Loafers | $39.95 | (Photo Credit: Gap)

Kotur Espey Plaid Felt Box Clutch

Kotur Espey Plaid Felt Box Clutch | $450 | (Photo Credit: Net-a-Porter)

Sonia Kashuk Plaid Forever Clutch

Sonia Kashuk Plaid Forever Clutch | $16.99 | (Photo Credit: Target)

Jil Sander Plaid Scarf with Lettered Logo

Jil Sander Plaid Scarf with Lettered Logo | $282 | (Photo Credit: My Theresa)

Lafayette 148 New York Plaid Cashmere Scarf

Lafayette 148 New York Plaid Cashmere Scarf | $160 | (Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus)

Faliero Sarti Grey Plaid Cashmere & Silk Siriana Scarf

Faliero Sarti Grey Plaid Cashmere & Silk Siriana Scarf | $430 | (Photo Credit: Stylebop)

So with a cup of hot cocoa in hand, parade your plaid with pride this holiday season as you incorporate the seasonal pattern into your cold-weather wardrobe.

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