[UPDATE: This story was originally published on November 9.]
There's no doubt that fashion cycles tend to spin at an alarming rate, making it dizzying to stay on top of all the latest trends. And to us, there's nothing worse than getting it wrong and looking like a sartorial amateur. So, that's precisely why we've wised up and decided to stock up on the season's most evergreen staple — flannel!
Before images of brawny lumberjacks and coffee-shop-dwelling hipsters pop into your head, rest assured that designers have hit the refresh button on this essential fall staple and are making some ultra-chic iterations. From cozy miniskirts and preppy tweed shorts to sophisticated handbags and sexy bralettes, this roundup features the best of the checked bunch. Click through these sweet pieces and find out why we're straight-up mad for plaid … now and forever!