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Fashion Word of the Week: Madras

Super cute J. Crew patchwork madras jacket, $150 (Pricey!), and skirt, $72.

Along with plaids and argyle, madras is popping up everywhere this season—it's a lightweight cotton fabric with patterned texture and a typically plaid design, used primarily for summer clothing including pants, shorts, dresses and jackets. The fabric takes its name from the former English name of the city of Chennai, India.

If you're a gal who loves plaid, you're practically required to like madras—that, and you probably did not attend Catholic school. If you don't much care for plaids, you should still give colorful madras a try—it turns fall plaids upside down. Think of it as the wild child in a J.Crew catalog.

Here are some budget-friendly ways to work some madras magic:

Proenza Schouler Seersucker Jacket - Ocean Madras, $17.49.

Plaid Linen Short (I know, we're totally opposed to shorts but they aren't going away anytime soon) $22.80.

Xhilaration® Sable Ballerina Flats - Madras, $14.99.

Madras plaid dress, $19.99.

Jessica Simpson Jada Espadrille slingback wedge in yellow madras fabric, $82.

Patchwork madras stowaway tote, $49.50.

Juniors' Xhilaration® Plaid Halter/Tube Top - Red/ Orange, $14.99.