December 11th, 2008
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!