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It's official: Kate Middleton can make anything look chic -- even a school uniform.

After rocking bangs with panache earlier in the week, the Duchess of Cambridge made plaid look posh again on a visit to St. Andrews, her former elementary school, on Friday.

Paying tribute to St. Andrews' colors, Middleton gave the uniform she wore from 1986 to 1995 a chic update in a navy-and-emerald plaid Alexander McQueen dress.

While Olivia Palermo, Emma Stone, and Kristen Stewart have tried the tartan trend in small doses with just a plaid blazer or pants, Middleton went all-out plaid for the return to her old stopping grounds.

And yet there was no mistaking Middleton's McQueen for a school girl uniform or for dowdy schoolteacher garb -- even as she played a game of field hockey in her dress and heels.

By reimagining the preppy pattern on the season's hot A-line silhouette, the look was chic yet ladylike, just like the princess.

Check out all the pics of Middleton's festive frock and see her show off her skills on the field hockey field here.

What do you think of the Duchess' Alexander McQueen dress? Has Kate's plaid frock convinced you to get on-board with the tartan trend?

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