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ESC: Victoria Beckham

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No matter the time of year, plaid can do you no wrong.

Whether you're channeling festive vibes, schoolgirl chic or garage grunge, the pattern attracts the eye in ways both minimalists and maximalists can appreciate.

For instance, take Victoria Beckham, proponent of all things chic, streamlined and neutral. In a refreshing move, Posh paired a long, plaid coat with bright bottoms for a crisp, boardroom-appropriate look. The trick to pulling off this outfit involves taking a subtle, accenting color in the plaid and finding a solid pant in a vibrant shade of the same hue.

ESC: Taylor Swift

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While a plaid skirt can scream schoolgirl, menswear-inspired loafers can balance out the feminine skirt. Whatever you do, though, forgo the oxford button-up and opt for a nubby or knitted sweater instead.

ESC: Gwen Stefani

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Not all plaid is created equal (read: There's more out there than your dad's work shirts). These patterns come in all sizes and colors, which make them great options to mix with other prints or geometric lines. Although Gwen Stefani is wearing one shirt dress featuring several patterns, she proves mixing and matching works.

Jennifer Lawrence

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We're all for a good woolen oversize coat this winter. Just be careful—you don't want to look like a blanket. Take note from Jennifer Lawrence, and pair your topper with a textured skirt, which will create more dimensions. Add shape with a fitted top and sleek heels.

ESC: Taylor Swift

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Then there are times when you literally want to live in a plaid blanket. To make this look more public friendly, pair a really oversize plaid coat with strappy shoes, like Gwendoline Christie. The Game of Thrones star is comfy in her topper, but the streamlined design of the shoes keeps the overall look from looking too frumpy.