How to Wear a Plaid Shirt Without Looking Like a Man

December 4th, 2007

The Plaid Flannel Shirt is back–and it doesn’t have to be (nay–it shouldn’t be) reminiscent of 90s grunge. John showed the guys how to stand out from the crowd in a plaid flannel shirt, which prompted the ladies to ask how to translate this look for women. The plaid shirt, while reminiscent of a woodsy man, doesn’t have to be masculine.

How to give the plaid shirt a feminine touch? Three ideas:
(1) Fit is key. A man’s shirt will fall straight at the sides, but a woman’s shirt should follow her curves. Too-straight side seams will make you look mannish.
(2) Leave the top button (or two) unbuttoned. Subtly show off your figure.
(3) Choose a shirt with special details, such as a ruffle at the back or tuxedo pleats down the front. The tuxedo pleats down center front on the American Eagle shirt, for example, give the shirt a feminine edge.

Here’s our top picks for plaid shirts with a feminine touch:

AE Plaid Tuxedo Pleat Shirt

AE Plaid Tuxedo Pleat Shirt | $34.95 (sale) at American Eagle

Bib Front Flannel Shirt

Bib Front Flannel Shirt | $44.50 at Gap

Sparkle Plaid Margaret Shirt

Sparkle Plaid Margaret Shirt | $78 at J. Crew

Charlotte Ronson Plaid Button Down Tunic

Charlotte Ronson Plaid Button Down Tunic | $202 at Shopbop


Entry Filed under: How To, Shopping Guide, Trend, Trendscape, Women, Women's

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. John  |  December 4th, 2007 at 3:50 am

    haha love it.

  • 2. Teenfashionista  |  December 6th, 2007 at 11:55 am

    There is something so cool about the feminized lumberjack shirt… that J. Crew buttondown is fantastic.

  • 3. Trisha  |  December 7th, 2007 at 1:10 am

    Isn’t it? I love that J Crew shirt. The AE shirt is also quite fetching :)

  • 4. Trisha  |  December 7th, 2007 at 1:35 am

    Oh, and the J Crew shirt is on sale for $39.99 (with a limited time extra 20% off). Score!

  • 5. Meg from The Bargain Queen & All About Appearances  |  December 7th, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, those are sooooo cute! So much better than the plaid I wore as a kid in the country.

  • 6. Trisha  |  December 9th, 2007 at 2:17 am

    Totally. I’ve always been weary of plaid, but John has helped me see it in a whole new light!

  • 7. Omiru.com: Style for All&hellip  |  December 31st, 2007 at 4:58 am

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