Checks and tartans are everywhere! Is it any wonder? Fall is the best time of year to rock a plaid like a pro. If you’re inspired to learn how to wear plaid, read on. We’ve got six stylish plaid outfits you can easily incorporate into your own wardrobe.
How To Wear Plaid
1. Embrace Your Inner Lumberjack
There’s nothing like a reliable flannel shirt for fall wear. It conjures images of football games on chilly Sunday afternoons, relaxed sidewalk brunches with friends, and casual errand runs.
As @beth_rembold shows, it’s easy to make this look work on the most low-key days of the season. Try it with denim and canvas slip-ons or booties for an easy look.
2. Try a mixed ensemble
Too much plaid can seem like…well, too much. But as @nia_prado demonstrates, you can wear two opposing prints and pull it off with class and style. Her outfit incorporates a pair of fitted plaid pants and a crisp blazer with a plaid collar. Neutral colors help ground the entire look, making it more approachable and easy to wear.
3. Throw on a scarf
If you prefer a more subtle style, you don’t have to make plaid the star of the show.
@getreadywithjenny shows how to rock the pattern on a less brisk day by throwing on a chunky scarf over a fitted tee, wrapping a long-sleeve chambray top around her waist, and finishing with a sturdy crossbody bag. It all works, and creates a fun and effortless everyday look.
4. Wear your long plaid coat
Long coats are everywhere this season! A little length adds a level of sophistication that can even dress up a pair of jeans.
This ensemble on @alanahlorraine is exceedingly simple, yet looks incredibly polished from top to bottom. A plaid coat that falls below the knee is always a great choice, provided you are not petite. If you’re shorter, opt for a length that hits above your knee for greater effect.
5. Belt up some plaid
If you live in a region that remains relatively comfortable even during the later part of the season, why not make the most of your plaid blazer by belting it?
@missbrunetka shows how it’s done here, pairing her fun topper with sleek leggings and easy slip-on shoes. The effect is poised and tidy.
6. Go for sleeveless chic
Sleeveless, in the fall? Yes, if you’re carrying over your summer slip dresses and want to wear them over a turtleneck when it cools down!
This lean plaid dress looks phenomenal on @caroline_beuley over a form-fitting top and combat boots.
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