All About that Plaid, ‘Bout that Plaid

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Fall is finally in full bloom up here where I live, and I couldn’t be happier! I think I have mentioned before how much I love fall.  I love the cool mornings.  I love that I have been able to turn on my gas logs to warm up in the afternoons. Fall has this smell about it too that just makes me feel all warm and cozy.  It makes me be in a better mood.  I don’t know how, but it does. We actually had to turn our heat on last night because we were under a frost warning! There is nothing better than climbing in a cold bed and covering up with a warm blanket to me. I know, I’m not normal! LOL!  Oh, and let’s not forget about the trees! They are so gorgeous! It’s my favorite part. I love it!

When I think of fall fashion, I think about jeans, boots, scarves, cardigans, sweaters, and PLAID. I think plaid has always been a part of my fall attire, and this year is no different.  The fall runways came with a lot of really bright colored plaids on a large scale, as well as, muted plaids and hounds tooth prints on men’s style blazers and pants. While looking at pictures from fashion shows is fun, you have to be realistic in how you can apply it to your own wardrobe.  Most of what you see on the runway is always a little outrages and not what the average person like you and I would wear, so how can you incorporate it into your own style? Well, there are tons of ways and I will show you a few.  You may automatically connect plaid with flannel, but adding plaid into your wardrobe does not mean that you have to add flannel. I know many of you also fear that plaid will make you look like a farmer. Ha ha! Plaid can be fashionable, I promise. You don’t have to wear the plaid flannel shirts and overalls!

**Just a forewarning, most of the pieces that I am showing you have been in my closet for a while.  I have tried to find similar options for you to choose from if you like the look, but I wanted to give you different options on how to style plaid.**

Plaid 1

Outfit #1

Now, I know what you are thinking.  This outfit could actually be considered a farmer’s outfit, and this shirt does have a flannel feel to it. However, it is super comfortable and cute. This is a very relaxed way to wear flannel.  This particular shirt is a tunic so it is a little longer in the back than the front to cover all of your business.  I have paired it with a pair of skinny jeans and slouchy boots. This is an outfit that is good for those lazy weekend days when you don’t have much going on, or when you have errands to run and you want to be comfortable. You could also pair this top with a pair of leggings for an even more comfortable outfit while still looking cute.  You could go with a range of plaid patterns and colors depending on your preference. Choosing a color other than the typical red plaid like mine can make it look a little less farmer-like.

Plaid 2

Outfit #2

I think I have mentioned before how much I love scarves.  I have an obscene number of them, including a variety of plaid ones. Scarves are not just for warmth to take on and take off when you go out in the cold.  Scarves are a great accessory that can add just a little interest to your outfit. (I’ll do a post on just scarves another day.) They can also add a pop of color to an otherwise boring outfit.  I think this plaid scarf is my favorite of all of my plaid ones, and it is super soft. This scarf is a blanket scarf, which means it is a giant square and gives you a fuller look.  I cannot for the life of me remember where I got this scarf from so I found you some similar ones. Really any plaid blanket scarf would work, though.  Here I have paired it with a simple t-shirt, jeans, and ankle booties. It adds just a little pizzazz to my outfit.

Plaid 3

Outfit #3

This outfit/look is one of my favorite ways to wear plaid.  I think of this as a fall preppy look.  I don’t know why, but it just feels a little preppy to me.  This is a basic plaid button down shirt.  I have rolled up the sleeves and left the bottom button unbuttoned and took the two ends of the shirt and made a knot.  You could also wear this tucked in for a similar look.  I don’t know about you (and this is probably showing my age); but when I was younger, I tucked everything in.  I mean everything! It was not cool to wear shirts un-tucked back then because you were considered a slob.   I think it was when I was in college that the whole un-tucked phase came where you never tucked things in and wore long, tunic-type shirts or long t-shirts.  That was hard to get used to for me.  Then came the half tucked look where you just tuck in a part of the front of the shirt. I still wear many shirts this way, and you could also do that with a button down shirt like this if you are into that look.  Here I have paired the plaid shirt it with a pair of jeans and my trusty Converse shoes for a casual look.

Plaid 4

Outfit #4

This look is a little more dressy than the previous ones.  This top has a silky feel to it and is very flowy.  I have paired it with a pair of black jeans and heeled ankle booties, but you could pair it with a nice pair of slacks and heels to make it a more professional look. It makes a great work outfit.

Plaid 5

Outfit #5

As I mentioned there were a lot of plaid men’s style blazers on the fall runway.  I don’t know about you, but I just don’t see myself wearing a men’s blazer in my everyday life.  Insert this little jacket.  This jacket has a similar effect as the men’s blazer, but it is more feminine and cute, or at least I think so. I got this at TJ Maxx the other day so you could possibly find it in your local store, but sadly I couldn’t find it online for you.  I found you some alternatives, though. This jacket has a little bit of a bell sleeve on the ends and is cropped to give it that feminine style.  This type of jacket can be dressed up or dressed down.  You could wear it with a black pencil skirt or nice slacks for work or with a pair of jeans for a more casual look.  The possibilities are endless.

Plaid 6

Outfit #6

This is my newest plaid addition to my wardrobe.  I got this off of Amazon.  I have always been a little afraid to order clothes from Amazon, but I took a chance on this dress.  This is my attempt to add in the bold colored plaid. I wouldn’t normally wear this bright of a color, but I wanted to give it a try.  I will say that this dress arrived and felt very stiff so I was thinking I wouldn’t like it.  However, after washing, it softened up a little. I have paired it with leggings because as you can see, it is way too short to wear without something underneath for this old girl.  I also added the belt to give my waist a little definition, and I think it turned out pretty cute.   Dresses are a good way to add a little plaid to your wardrobe whether it is a bold pattern like this or a more subdued, simple pattern.  I also really like the shirt dress look in plaid too which is another great option.

Plaid 7

Outfit #7

Finally, I have one more way to add plaid into your wardrobe with another scarf.  This one is for those of you that are hesitant towards plaid.  This scarf has a very subtle plaid pattern to it that is not as obvious and in your face as some others. This is a good way to ease yourself into wearing plaid.  It just brightens up this outfit.  This is a long rectangular scarf that I simply tied in a knot over a chambray shirt and colored denim pants.

I hope you can see a few different ways that you can add plaid into your wardrobe.  Don’t be afraid of it! You don’t have to buy flannel and you don’t have to look like a farmer! You can do it!



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