Given the plethora of retro trends to have taken hold in the past two seasons (normcore sneakers, bucket hats, big hoops, brash logos, paper-bag pants, logo tracksuits … the list goes on), this one was only a matter of time, and blissfully so.

Brightly coloured plaid skirt-suits, forever the signature uniform of Alicia Silverstone’s character in 1995 classic Clueless, are so wrong they’re completely right now.

Photographer: Jeremy Choh. Creative director: Dane Stojanovich. Stylist: Cheryl Tan. Location: NYC

Hansen & Gretel, Preston Jacket, $349. SHOP IN STORE
Hansen & Gretel, Briony Skirt, $199. SHOP IN STORE
Bec + Bridge, Girl Talk cami, $200. SHOP NOW
Max Mara, shoes, $835. SHOP IN STORE
Chanel, Lambskin Belt, $1450. SHOP IN STORE
Louis Vuitton, New Wave Bag, $3800. SHOP NOW

How do we know? Versace, Prada, Chanel, Zimmermann, Emilia Wickstead and (Australia-raised, New York design star) Matthew Adams Dolan told us so with international runway-show aplomb.

Think tailored blazer (big white buttons optional) and matching A-line mini and you’re winning, provided there’s plenty of colour. Team with a pair of this season’s best bejewelled shoes.

And if you’re wondering if the brown-hued checked pants-suit option that was so ubiquitous this past winter is a fair and reasonable alternative, we defer to Cher. “Ugh, as if…”

5 sites to SHOP THE LOOK ON ANY BUDGET

Veronica Beard, Caldwell Dickey plaid blazer, $995 at My Theresa. SHOP NOW
Veronica Beard, Picnic Plaid miniskirt, $609 at My Theresa. SHOP NOW

ASOS, Yellow Check boucle cropped suit blazer, $110. SHOP NOW
ASOS, Yellow check Boucle miniskirt, $60. SHOP NOW

Runaway, Spears Blazer red check, $89. SHOP NOW
Runaway, Spears skirt red check, $69. SHOP NOW

Storets, Nora Plaid Tweed Jacket, $98. SHOP NOW
Storets, Nora Plaid tweed wrap skirt, $58. SHOP NOW

TOPSHOP, Pink Tartan jacket, $115 at the iconic. SHOP NOW
TOPSHOP, Tartan pelmet skirt, $56 at The Iconic. SHOP NOW

PART OF THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN THE SEPTEMBER EDITION OF GRAZIA.
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thoughts?