People think that plaid is an easy pattern to wear. But in all honesty, that isn’t necessarily true.
Of course, no one is here to judge how anyone wishes to wear this pattern. This is merely a guide on how to wear plaid if you want to look polished, not overdone, and elegant.
By all means, wear plaid on plaid. But for those of you who are interested looking more refined, keep reading.
Don’ts of Wearing Plaid
Autumn is here and plaid is everywhere but that doesn’t mean it should be everywhere, if you get my drift.
You don’t need a plaid tracksuit with matching plaid shoes and plaid backpack. Here are some don’ts of wearing plaid to follow.
1) Don’t wear more than 2 plaid accessories at once.
This rule applies generally but even more so for larger accessories like scarves and purses. A plaid combination of those in different colors is fine, but don’t add a third accessory, such as a plaid hat. I myself love a good plaid scarf with a small plaid crossbody purse. It’s a very classic look. Instead of adding a plaid hat, I would just add one color that ties both of the accessories together, such as beige, red, or black. Example: black hat and gloves with plaid scarf and plaid tote.
2) No more than one plaid accessory if wearing any plaid clothes
So that means no plaid purse and scarf if you have on plaid patterned trousers. Either stick with the scarf or bag – not both. This is because plaid can be very overwhelming. And you’ll look entirely mismatched with plaid everywhere, especially if it’s a different color.
3) Plaid shoes are generally a no unless a subtle pattern and wont on their own
Again, no plaid on plaid here. It’s a wonderfully noticeable statement to have plaid patterned shoes but leave the rest of the plaid family at home. An all black ensemble will go well with this to bring more attention to the shoes.
4) Avoid wearing busy prints with plaid
Matchy match is one thing (don’t do it regardless) but plaid calls for singularity in pattern. Avoid being “too busy” as they say, with plaid. If you’re going to wear this one pattern, let it be the only pattern. Keep it simple. make it the only pattern of the outfit and you won’t have any problems. I personally love a good plain black turtleneck with black knee high boots while wearing a plaid skirt. Add a red beret and you are good to go! Very classic, very feminine, and no other print but plaid.
Do’s of Wearing Plaid
We have seen some of the don’ts for wearing plaid. So now here are some great styling and DO tips for wearing this favorite seasonal pattern.
1) Do buy plaid in different patterns and for different parts of the wardrobe
I love getting big plaid prints such as coats, and blazers. You can also get different colored plaid sweaters (one of fall, one for Christmas morning). Plaid dresses are classic and a staple (this one is now 40% off) in any retro inspired wardrobe. Plaid jumpsuits are a great modern trend to try out. Don’t hesitate getting plaid accessories such as scarves, gloves, hats, and of course, purses. My favorite new plaid staple under $20 is this plaid mini crossbody purse which just oozes elegance!
2) Invest in a Burberry plaid scarf or look alike
Burberry is honestly such a staple for anything plaid and investing in a Burberry scarf doesn’t have to be a hassle nowadays. Are they expensive compared to scarves from H&M and Zara? Yes. But are they a bad investment? Not at all. and especially not if you take very good care of the scarf. Once you have it, cherish it, and it will cherish you back. Meaning you’ll look amazing and oh so timeless walking down the street with a Burberry scarf wrapped around you. Oo La la!
But if you can’t invest in a Burberry plaid scarf right now, definitely get this look alike one here! It’s rather inexpensive and I am sure from afar it looks like the real deal. Which for any Bijou inspired woman, is a good deal. It doesn’t have to be designer. I myself can’t get a Burberry just quite yet, so I will settle on this one and I don’t care who knows it haha.
3) Do wear it in all seasons
I would not shy away from earring plaid in the spring or summer time. It can be done very tastefully using pastels and bright colors. I would try for plaids with yellows, pinks, oranges, and even reds. Pinafore plaid dresses and lovely for summer and so are plaid short sleeve dresses to wear to work. Check out this dress collection for inspiration on how different patterns can be worn all year long.
4) Do wear a subtle matching set
Personally, I am not one for matching sets at all, but I admire someone who can pull it off. I wish I could! Don’t be afraid to try a matching plaid on plaid set – it can look quite good. I would try for plaid skinny jeans or cigarette pants and a matching blazer! That would look absolutely stunning for the office or a night out. Actually, writing this post has given me inspiration to at least try it. So off I go to search for the perfect matching plaid set….
I’m serious about finding that matching trouser and blazer set. I think that would look absolutely stunning with the right nude heels. What else do you think I should add to my do and don’t list for plaid? What pattern shall I do this list for next? Leave a comment below!