Ready Made Outfit: Playfully Polished Plaid

December 11th, 2008

Feeling the love for this set?  Here’s more information about it.

You may see plaid paired with preppy sweatervests and tailored blazers, but plaid doesn’t have to be stuffy. Here’s how to pull off casual plaid with a polished twist:

1. Start with a fitted plaid shirt.  Fit is key; if the shirt doesn’t fit correctly at the shoulder, bust, and waist, the outfit loses its polish.
2. Slip on a pair of dark rinse jeans.  They really do go with everything!
3. Layer on a fitted puffer vest.  If you’re long and lean, you can afford to wear a vest with a lot of puff.  But for the rest of us, try a vest that’s not filled quite so completely.  The good news is that these less-filled puffer vests tend to be cheaper than the luxuriously puffed ones.  Note how this brown vest brings out the best in the blue plaid shirt.  The plaid lining of the hood also adds a nice coordinated touch.
4.  Finish off the outfit with a pair of brown boots (echoing the brown in the vest) and a brightly colored handbag to add a splash of color.

How would you wear plaid?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits,Women

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  December 11th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    So true! The key to pulling off a plaid shirt for us girly types is an actual girly cut. This entire outfit just beckons to me, but here’s how I wear my plaid.

  • 2. Trisha  |  December 12th, 2008 at 1:24 am

    What a great color, Sal. I love how that red just pops! Thanks for sharing.

  • 3. missmoneypenny  |  December 12th, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Really cute outfit, Trisha! And I love your skirt, Sal!

    My only comment is the boots . . . when, oh WHEN, are we going to get away from these stupid, wasteful heels nobody can walk in? It’s one thing to wear 4 1/2″ stilettos if you’re Posh Beckham but those of us who have to operate a gas pedal and brake — not to mention walk more than a block and otherwise have lives! — are screwed. It just seems so out of step (pun intended!) with the times, as though the point is to look as useless as possible. Sorry, it just makes me annoyed and wish for a return to cute, sexy kitten heels that I could actually wear all day and still feel cute and feminine in.

  • 4. rae  |  December 12th, 2008 at 9:24 am

    who makes that shirt?

  • 5. Trisha  |  December 14th, 2008 at 1:08 am


    Here’s the shirt info:
    Cotton-spandex shirt, Elizabeth and James by Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, $225; at Bergdorf Goodman, 888-774-2424.

    However, it may not still be available, as it was an early Fall item.

    Hope that helps,

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