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Are These the Best Plaid Shirts Ever? Every Celebrity Seems to Think So

Are all plaid shirts created equal? Apparently not. If you look to Hollywood, there’s one brand that rises above the rest.

By Talia Ergas

If you’ve recently spotted a celebrity wearing a super cozy-looking casual-cool plaid shirt, chances are it was by RailsThe undisputed favorite plaid button-down amongst A-listers, Rails tops have been worn by everyone (everyone!) in Hollywood including Taylor Swift, Cindy Crawford, Reese Witherspoon, Gisele Bundchen, Selena Gomez, Kate Moss, and even Beyoncé. 

Inspired by Southern California’s casual, comfortable fashion vibe, the brand creates clothing that, at the same time, exudes sleek sophistication and luxury. But with a price tag of $158 and up for a basic plaid top, are these shirts really worth the hype?

Of course, we at The Lookbook had to investigate, and here’s what we found. First, Rails plaid shirts are without a doubt the softest plaid shirts you’ll ever own. Made of loose weave rayon, they feel like butter to the touch. The cut is also unmatched. It’s the perfect slightly-longer-in-the-back length that covers your butt if you want to wear leggings, but can also be tucked in to jeans. Another amazing feature: the sleeves. For some reason, button down tops never seem to have long enough sleeves. Rails’ design is just long enough if you want to wear the sleeves all the way down, but the cuff is loose enough that you can also roll up your sleeves without having to unbutton them first.


The brand’s most popular style is called Hunter. You’ve seen everyone from Beyonce to Alessandra Ambrosio to Kate Moss donning that specific top. Perhaps the most famous celeb to wear it was Gisele Bundchen, who wore it to cheer on husband Tom Brady during the Super Bowl. The next day, the Rails website got 100,000 new visitors and the red, white, and blue shirt sold out immediately. 

Rails also make a variety of next-level plaid shirts, including ones that have fringed edges or have double chest pockets. And each shirt comes in a variety of colorways and grid patterns, so you’re bound to find something you love. One of our favorite designs is the Bianca plaid shirt dress, which is guaranteed to become your favorite fall outfit. Wear it with booties and socks that peek out, or throw a pair of leggings underneath for colder days. 

If you're still not sold on the $158 pricepoint, then we have some GREAT news: The Hunter plaid shirt is on sale for $99.90 at Nordstrom right now in a variety of colors. Scroll down to see which shirts are currently on sale, and to shop more of our favorite designs. 

SALE: Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt in Black/White/Gray

SALE: Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt in Cream Raspberry Slate

SALE: Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt in Forest/Navy/White

SALE: Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt in Magenta Iris Black

SALE: Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt in White Navy Sapphire

Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt in Midnight Pine


Rails Bianca Flannel Shirtdress


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