Gwen Stefani looked picture perfect in a structured Thierry Mugler blazer ($1,749, originally $2,499) and plaid shorts while arriving to her parents' LA home for Thanksgiving. She balanced her printed bottoms with a black crewneck sweater, white Peter Pan-collared blouse, opaque tights, and black leather ankle boots. In true Gwen style, she accessorized with retro waves, a red lip, silver bangles, and a black patent Thierry Mugler tote. Give your denim a break, and style Gwen's exact blazer with plaid shorts and all-black staples for an impeccably polished Fall look.
Forget schoolgirl plaid — this colorful take on the checkered trend is totally Summer friendly and a bit quirkier, too. To get that "just gone to Nantucket" look without having to venture further than the nearest sunny spot, incorporate a subtle mix of madras-patterned pieces into your warm-weather wardrobe. While the style is grounded in preppier renditions, there's no reason not to inject your own cool-girl sensibility into each madras-laden look. Try a seersucker Bermuda short covered in a cool patchwork print with a slouchy tee and espadrille wedges, don a breezy madras button-up with ripped denim cutoffs for an evening on the beach, or go for bold in a madras blazer-and-trouser combo. If you're feeling this plaid iteration for a pop of Summer prep, shop our editors' madras picks below now.