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Just in Time for Memorial Day: Cute Plaid Dresses

05/22/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

If you aren’t a floral person, but solid colors just don’t seem festive enough for a holiday weekend — try plaid instead! Stars like Drew Barrymore and Lauren Conrad already are rocking this preppy staple, which can easily take you from a relaxed backyard barbeque to a night out with friends. Still a little chilly where you are? Try a version with sleeves, or if the heat is already on in your neck of the woods, try a strappy sundress. Check out a few of our favorite finds (we even found the look for less than $25!).

Get the Look:
Splurge:
Vince black and white plaid metallic sundress, $245, bloomingdales.com

Steven Alan long-sleeve plaid shirt dress, $198, stevenalan.com

Halogen Plaid dress, $128, nordstrom.com

Steal:
Country plaid shirt dress, $42, styleviolet.com

Plaid babydoll dress, $23, forever21.com

Plaid half-sleeve mini dress with front pockets, on sale for $22 (down from $54), asos.com

Photo: ramey; jesse Grant/WireImage

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Summy on

I REALLY hate plaid. It is the most unflattering pattern imaginable! Remember the late 90′s plaid pants, that made you look about 30lbs heavier. I think the only thing plaid in my house is an old flannel of my hubby’s.

Beth on

Cute!!! I love summer dresses, and while I HATE the one Drew is wearing, she still looks great beacause she is a beautiful person on the inside! :-)
She’s a terrific, talented actress… and totally beautiful! So excited that she is the new Cover Girl.
LC looks cute, but would’ve looked better with some white heels, instead of those flats.

Elcee on

Hey…does anyone know where either girl’s dress is from? I love them both! Volcom makes one similar to Lauren Conrad’s, but the sizing is quite limited (and in junior’s). Help!

Lydia on

I love Drew, and the style of her dress is cute, but I don’t like the plaid and wouldn’t wear it with flip-flops. Lauren’s dress is would be cute as a sundress and I like the plaid of that one a lot more.

O'Wryly on

Drew’s “dress” reminds me of the snap or zip front housecoats that both of my grandmothers wore when I was a child. All she needs is a head full of curlers and some fuzzy slippers to complete the look!

night on

Did I see the word cute? I never imagined I see the words flannel and sundress in the same sentence. Who writes this stuff?

HLS on

Both these dresses are ugly and unflattering. They look like someone cut up Kurt Cobain’s old shirts from the 90′s and (unskillfully) sewed them into a dress. Plaid dresses can be cute, but these are not.

k on

hhmm its cute…but i dont think that i would wear any plaid!…

faith on

funny comments, guys! and i have to agree, i don’t think these dresses are cute or flattering, but the girls who are wearing them are cute! drew’s i can forgive more because she is clearly on down time. but lauren’s choice to wear it at a photographed event is uncharacteristically unstylish of her. and what’s up with the light pink wrist sweat band?

Beth on

It’s not lumberjack plaid here, night!!!! I said I hate Drew’s dress (but love Drew) and Lauren’s plaid dress is pastel colors, it IS cute/summery! It looks really comfortable, too!

Mary on

Plaid belongs only on nightwear, lumberjacks, and Scottish events :)

h on

Both of those dresses look like nightgowns gone seriously wrong! I still LOVE the girls in the dresses though. They should just steer clear of plaid in the future…

Colette on

I have a beautiful plaid dress from my beloved Free People that I got at Nordstroms. I love it and get tons of compliments on it.

Vicious1 on

No offense to either girl, but both dresses s.u.c.k.

Maryse on

I love Drew Barrymore, but not her dress. I like how she dresses low-key on her down time, but her dress reminds me of my comfy plaid nightgown that I wear mostly during the winter time.

Lauren’s dress is okay, I guess it’s cute for her. I would ditch the watch and wear a different pair of shoes.

I don’t wear plaid shirts or pants, so I’m not sure about the dresses. The plaid reminds me too much of my Grandpa’s flannel shirts, LOL. Drew is beautiful regardless of what she wears. Lauren is very pretty too regardless of what she wears.

Dani on

Wow…….
Drew’s dress is awful looking. She’s a covergirl??

LC looks good!!!! she’s so sweet. (;

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