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Style Suite: Professional in Plaid

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Welcome to the Style Suite with Kéla Walker, your source for fashion and style trends for power plays in the workplace. Every Tuesday and Thursday, she’ll share tips and suggestions to help maximize your style on a budget. Whether you’re the style devil in Prada or the apprentice with limited apparel, you’ll find something in the Style Suite to suit your needs.

You know it as plaid, but since the checkered print has been reinvigorated, it’s now chicly referred to as tartan and is more fashion friendly than ever. Available in a variety of cuts, colors and styles, long gone are the days when tartan or plaid was solely associated with school uniforms and Scottish attire.

Traditionally patterned in red or green, today designers offer a fresh perspective on the classic print, churning out chic and impressive looks for any style. Everyone from England’s royal family to First Lady Michelle Obama to Hollywood’s elite have been spotted in the checker print, proving just how cool and fashionable it can be.

Find it in muted colors like black and white or chic shapes and styles like drape coats and high-low dresses. With all the different options available on the market, it’s sure to erase those images of kilts and lumberjack men from your mind.

Try the print in nontraditional cuts and colors or try wearing it in fun and feminine ways that speak to your style aesthetic. Pile on your baubles and let the print peek out from layered sweaters or pair it with a pencil skirt or leather jacket for an edgy approach. However you try it, I think you may be surprised at the new and fun take on the old traditional print. (Shop the look here.)

For more fashion and style tips, visit Kéla’s Kloset and follow Kéla on Twitter @KelaWalker.

Kéla Walker is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer and TV host, who has contributed lifestyle and entertainment content for outlets including NBC’s LXTV, Getty Images, YRB Magazine, Madame Noire, and RTL Germany. She also has a passion for fashion and offers the latest in fab fashion trends and consumer deals Her chic style and trendsetting blog has been lauded by sites including and Huffington Post Black Voices.