Plaid 2.0: Make Plaid Fun Again with Color and Silhouette

July 9th, 2009

Perfectly Plaid
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Plaid’s a classic style often found in the same basic colors (ahem, blue) and cuts (hello, standard button-down).  But it doesn’t have to be the same old plaid.  We like experimenting with different colors and cuts in order to see plaid in a whole new way.  Here’s what you can do with plaid to make it new again:

1. Start with a plaid shirt.  But instead of reaching for the same old blue button-down, try a short sleeve style with a different kind of color pattern.  We like the quirky pink, purple, and blue plaid on this blouse.  Added bonus?  The short sleeves, the bloused bottom, and the ruffle detailing at the neckline.
2.  Since the plaid top features a bloused bottom, pair it with skinny or straight leg jeans to counterbalance the volume.  The dark skinny jeans provide a nice foil for the bright, blousy shirt.
3.  Finish off the outfit with accessories that feature the same attention to detail as the plaid top.  We love the rope detailing on the strap of the purse - and the edgy-yet-delicate shoelaces on the ankle booties.

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

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  July 10th, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Just adore this take on plaid! Makes me want to chunk my staid, traditional pieces and find something more contemporary.

  • 2. Asianmommy  |  July 11th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Cute outfit. I love the purse.

  • 3. AquaGenie  |  July 11th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    The ruffles add a round element to the plaid. The shape of the blouse also softens the plaid. I generally found plaid to be too square and harsh but this one seems to be an exception.

  • 4. Imogen Lamport  |  July 11th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    For a stylish look wear a smaller plaid, rather than a large one, in a finer fabric, rather than a brushed cotton or the like. Keep the plaid garment tailored rather than baggy and you’ll cut a modern, stylish look.

  • 5. Sydne @ ThinkThruFashion  |  July 18th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Great shoes!!

  • 6. Trisha  |  July 19th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks, Sydne! I’m really digging them as well :)

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