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Punched up plaid

Banana Republic at Westside Pavilion ($198).
Banana Republic at Westside Pavilion ($198).
Westside Pavilion.

Tired of tartan? Think you can’t possibly do more plaid? Think again—this smart print has been reinvented just for spring in shades of summer, and in fresh and unexpected new shapes—the perfect play on classic, yet utterly redefined. We thought we were over it—until we saw the new looks hitting the floor for the season, and stopped to take pause. Banish your private school skirt misconceptions—there is nothing scholarly about this checkered take on handbags, kitten heels, scarves and summer dresses when doused in punchy shades of cerulean, hot pink and lemony yellow. We made off with a handful of our own have-to-haves:

Entrenched. Tame is lame. Don’t try on a plaid bangle when you can take on the trend with more passion, and certainly more style. Get bold with a fun new take on spring’s essential trench coat in muted nature-inspired neutrals sure to go with everything. If you love this one too—you can find it at Banana Republic at Westside Pavilion ($198).

Check Her Out. We can’t and won’t promise that tricking out your summer dresses in precoscious plaid won’t be an attention getter. It will. Especially when you choose eye-catching strapless versions in an alluring ombre fade. We can’t wait to layer a cardi over this one from Gap at Los Cerritos Center ($59.50).

Poolside Polish. No review of the finer points of springtime plaid with be complete without broaching the subject of beachwear. You could wear solid colors—or you can chime in on chic and slip into this more lively alternative. We beseech you to reconsider like we did when we spotted this tankini from JCPenney at Stonewood Center ($19.99 and up).