If your last memory of plaids is of black-watch kilts and saddle shoes -- or your school uniform -- think again. This time around plaids are colorful and oversized and meant to be worn all jumbled up together.

French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier started the latest plaid revival last spring when he showed colorful waistcoats, vests, shirts and baggy pants, all mixedup in a wild pattern of color. American designers quickly picked up the trend,creating everything from houndstooth bangles and earrings to kilts and vests.

Maybe it's time to give plaids another try. CAPTION: Picture, PLAIDS ON PLAIDS: multicolor wool plaid pants with matching suspenders ($28) with purple and black plaid cotton shirt ($21.98), houndstooth check bangles ($7.50 each), all at Bloomingdale's. On him, vintage plaid shirt, tweed blazer, checked suspenders, plaid pants and sunglasses, all at Classic Clothing. Red wool knit pullover with multicolor plaid ($196) and bright blue knit pull-on skirt ($68); blue and pink wool mufflers ($9 each), all at Woodward & Lothrop; medal pin ($7) at Commander Salamander. The bagpiper: Nels Wolko, a senior at McLean High School and a member of the McLean Highlander Pipe Band, in his own plaids. By Peter Garfield