There is more to plaid than just kilts and I think that some tartans can make you a fashion do.
Burberry coat! Make sure to keep everything else simple and tailored underneath, you don't want it to look like a robe!
Petite ladies like Kelly Ripa can successfully wear this L.A.M.B red cocktail dress without it overpowering her small frame.
L.A.M.B. has been worn by a couple of celebs, including Tracee Ellis Ross on the set of Girlfriends. I think more ladies can get away with wearing this because it has more muted colors than the red plaid above. (If you are too hippy, stay away from this dress, the pockets will maximize your hips.)
this jacket is a great alternative and looks great with jeans.