Let’s take a trip back to the early 20th century. Coco Chanel was alive and her brand was thriving. She took a vacation to the French Riviera and was impressed by the striped uniforms she saw the Navy men wearing. Inspired by the vacation, she created a nautical-themed collection featuring those stripes. Before this collection stripes weren’t especially popular, only being shown off on the beach and in children’s clothing. The stripes immediately became popular, and to this day are associated with French charm.

Stripes have been wildly popular since that collection back in 1917, but now, plaid is taking center stage. Plaid was a main event for pre-fall 2015. Proenza Schouler featured plaid in her runway in jackets, tops and pants. The designer used the print on a large scale, giving it a fresh modern twist. Thom Browne, however, went the classic route with a small-scale plaid that we’re all used to seeing.

This beautiful Fashionista is the perfect example of how to work high fashion plaid into an everyday outfit. This Fashionista went for a more casual look for class by pairing her pink and gray plaid with some skinny jeans and combat boots. This smaller-scale plaid is similar to plaids used by Thom Browne in his pre-fall 2015 show I mentioned earlier.

Dreary days call for bight color, and that’s exactly what this Fashionista did. The bright pink was a sight for sore eyes after seeing so many giant black puffer coats. Plaid is one of the most versatile prints, it can be dressed down or dressed up and it comes in a huge variety of colors, making it the perfect addition to everyone’s wardrobe.

One Simple Change: Throw on some tights and a leather skater skirt to make this look go from day to night in just a few minutes.