If you refuse to give up your solid slacks (or comfy jeans), chose a madras fabric for a top or lightweight jacket. You'd think all that plaid going on would make your chest (or back) look like a hurricane season weather map, but it doesn't work that way. When you're careful about selecting garments that match the fabric's pattern at the side seams and sleeves, you end up with a clean, tailored look doesn't appear heavy or formal. Many madras plaids incorporate multiple colors like turquoise with yellow and pink, or green with red and blue. That means you can easily mix and match a madras jacket or big shirt with your solid colored, lightweight separates. It's a great way to update last summer's wardrobe.