Mad for Plaid: 9 Style Setters That Put the 'Cool' in 'School Girl'

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba turned it out in a yellow plaid Ralph Lauren skirt, which she paired with a fitted black top and wide waist belt.

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Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones attended the premiere of Celeste and Jesse Forever in a bold plaid Oscar de la Renta shift dress.

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Bianca Brandolini D'Adda

Bianca Brandolini D'Adda's head-to-toe plaid look is definitely not for the timid — but you can re-create her gutsy look in a more subdued way by pairing your plaid pieces with a neutral one.

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Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha's pitch-perfect plaid styling is totally worth copying; just tuck a black top into a pair of slouchy plaid pants for a look that screams off-duty model.

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Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell paired her plaid blazer with bright blue skinnies, then cinched the look at the waist with a wide burgundy belt.

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Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue attended an award ceremony in a formfitting, asymmetrical plaid Stella McCartney dress.

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Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo brought a preppy edge to her plaid Tibi blazer by adding rugged boots and worn-in skinnies.

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Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue attended an award ceremony in a formfitting, asymmetrical plaid Stella McCartney dress.

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"Laid-back" may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of plaid - after all, the checkered print has deep roots in private-school prepsters, stuffy equestrians, and lumberjacks - but this season, designers like Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Tory Burch are working hard to shed the stodgy stigma by offering sleek and sophisticated plaid pieces that flawlessly mix city girl and country mouse. As usual, we're looking to the stars to glean some modern inspiration on a perennial favorite - so click through to see how style-setters like Coco Rocha, Rashida Jones, and more put a fresh, cool spin on a certified schoolgirl classic.

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