At Mysterious Galaxy last September for the Blameless tour, with fellow author Cindy Pon, me in the skirt, her in steampunk.
At BaltiCon in May of 2010 with fellow author Brand Gamblin in the skirt with straight hair and no glasses. I know, crazy.
The runways for Winter/Fall 2011 are awash with plaid pencil skirts in retro styles. This is wonderful, but I don't feel compelled to wait until autumn.
From left to right: Blugirl Fall 2011, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Christian Dior
All I'm saying is that if you hit the thrift stores now, because of the "Plaid is Winter" association you might find a cute little plaid number on sale. And I believe you can make it Summer by pairing it with a white t-shirt or even a tank.
And you'll have an investment skirt that can transition between seasons. However, if you don't feel up to the full thrust of plaid as a statement piece, how about plaid as an accessory?