How to Wear Plaid and Checkered Dresses: 5 Outfit Ideas

Ever since Louis Vuitton sent models clad in bright and big checkered garments down its Spring/Summer 2013 runway, plaid and checkered clothes have been sprouting like mushrooms after a bout of rain.

Rita Ora, Nicole Kidman, Pixie Lott, Jennifer Lopez, and Kim Kardashian are just some of the celebrities who have sported checked dresses. This trend has also been embraced by the fashion blogging community.

Rita Ora, Nicole Kidman, and Pixie Lott wearing checkered dressesRita Ora switches the Christmas lights on at Westfield in White City in London on November 3, 2014 / Nicole Kidman at the ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’ photocall during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2012 / Pixie Lott arrives for a private gig at the exclusive Werewolf nightclub in Piccadilly to launch her third album in London on August 6, 2014 

Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez wearing plaid dresses Jennifer Lopez at the 3rd Annual iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party presented by Visit Florida in Miami on June 28, 2014 / Kim Kardashian grabs a coffee before heading back to her Manhattan hotel on October 7, 2011

I love mod dresses and wouldn’t hesitate to go for anything from Louis Vuitton S/S 2013 for a date or a special function. Still, you have to admit that there’s a certain style limit to these dresses before they become repetitive and boring.

But fret not because there are bloggers who we can look up to for steadfast and infallible styling ideas. Just how did they style their plaid and checkered dresses? Check them out:

1. Mary Alice in Yellow-Green Checks

Black and white checks take a lot of courage to wear. But yellow-green checks? You have to be a gutsy, stylish babe to pull it off.

Mary Alice from Field of Foxes seems to be both. She looks like she just got off the runway in this outfit. Her plaid dress is a strong statement maker, so Mary Alice kept her accessories minimum. She only opted for a color-blocked clutch and metallic pumps.

Mary Alice wearing a dress with yellow and green checksMary Alice wearing a dress with yellow and green checks

2. Maria in Checkered Dress

Take your checkered dress to the streets. Wear it like how Maria from Stylissim did in this ensemble. Her fashion blog is unfortunately no longer available online.

She styled her statement dress with a leather jacket and had another light jacket wrapped around her waist. Two jackets in one look? Why not?

Maria took her checkered dress to the streetsMaria took her checkered dress to the streets

3. Adelle in Plaid Dress and Hat

Edgy Adelle from Petite Brown Sugar cinched her checkered dress at the waist to give it more form. The addition of the hat and boots gave this look a festival appeal.

Too bad Coachella is already over, or this would have been a wonderful inspiration. Adelle also did great styling with a big yellow clutch.

Adelle cinched her checkered dress at the waist to give it more formAdelle cinched her checkered dress at the waist to give it more form

4. Sonia in Vintage Plaid Dress

Channel your inner Twiggy with a vintage-inspired plaid dress. Sonia Eryka donned a mod dress and went ’60s-style all the way with thigh-high socks, a beehive hairdo, and oxford shoes.

Sonia's vintage-inspired plaid dressSonia’s vintage-inspired plaid dress

5. Nana in Powder Blue Checked Dress

Nana from Nana Stars was au naturel in her spring-perfect powder blue checked dress, which she paired with another checked item — her chic flats!

Like Nana, you can also add hints of blacks in your blue checkered look. Her fashion blog is unfortunately no longer available online.

Nana wearing a powder blue checked dress with chic flatsNana wearing a powder blue checked dress with chic flats

Here are different styles of checkered dresses from Amazon that you can wear to copy the above bloggers’ looks.

Rachel Roy Mini Dress, $199.99 at Amazon

Rachel Roy Mini Dress

Kate Spade New York Checkered Lorelei Dress, $226 at Amazon

Kate Spade New York Checkered Lorelei Dress

No. 21 Pink Plaid Dress with Belt, $765 at Amazon

No 21 Pink Plaid Dress with Belt

Ace & Jig Boardwalk Mini Dress, $170 at Amazon

Ace & Jig Boardwalk Mini Dress

Piamita Diana Dress, $540 at Amazon

Piamita Diana Dress

Sam & Lavi Crom Plaid Dress, $218 at Amazon

Sam & Lavi Crom Plaid Dress

Juicy Couture Plaid Shift Dress, $173.52 at Amazon

Juicy Couture Plaid Shift Dress

How do you like the checkered/plaid trend? Who do you think looked best in a checkered dress?

Credit: Daniel Deme / WENN / Lia Toby / Ivan Nikolov

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