How to wear plaid?
The cold wind of autumn, feels kind of depressing. You just wished your coats would remain in the closet a little while longer.
But there are ways to accept: hanging on your couch reading a book while dring hot tea, going to the movies because outside is just rainy, chatting with friends while enjoying red wine in a bar (yes red is not for summer when it comes to me), the come-back of soft sweaters … everything cosy actually.
And what looks cosier than plaid (or look alikes, like prince de galles) print?
I am the happy owner of two plaid printed items: a coat that I just adore, a fluid shirt and a scarf, that well, I just should not have bought, because I saw it on half girls in town. That is now a reminder of why to avoid buying fast-fashion the most I can. (This is also a reminder).
If you own some plaid items or intend to purchase some, here are my trick to find the good ones and to wear them stylishly.
I. How to choose your plaid print?
The key word is subtility. Clumsy plaid print will always make you look cheap.
Especially if you see a large amount of it.
Therefore the fabric is important as well.
Plaid doesn’t print on polyester. Period.
II. How much plaid?
Obviously, you can either go for just an accessory or for something bigger.
Note that the plaid tends to set the focus where you wear it. So choose according to your figure.
– Plaid pants
– Plaid shirt
Wear it like a classic shirt or as an oversize layer like in the nineties.
– Plaid blazer
Always chic. A structured plaid blazer will add english sophistication to your outfits.
Now the longer a kind of manly cuts are the trendiest.
They can be mixed with chic items like cigarette pants, more relaxed ones like jeans or sexy ones like a short skirt.
– Plaid coat
A plaid coat can become your signature style. Choose a print you love so much that you won’t get bored of it. (I Like this one for instance)
– Plaid dress
This skater shape looks really youthful and “school girl”. Which can be pretty, but only if you are very young.
If you want to wear it in a more grown up manner, go for simple straight shapes without flourish.
The plaid print also has a retro feel to it. Therefore, if you do not want to look old fashioned, I rceommend you opt for modern cuts.
– Plaid scarf
The plaid scarf is the perfect accessory to add warmth and colors into your autumnal outfits.
Either around your neck
Or on your shoulders
III. What colors/ prints shall I wear it with?
– With one plain color
Plaid really makes a statement in your outfit.
Therefore, if you went for a major plaid item like pants, you can stick to one colors for the rest of the outfit.
If you go for dark neutrals like black or navy, you can’t go wrong.
– With several plain colors
Here again, if you stick with neutral colors, you shall remain stylish.
You can also go for a color that is discretly contained in the print of your tartan (for instance my tartan coat which has a hint of yellow in it and look great with my mustard sweater) or for a color that is complementary to the ones of your print.
– With jeans
Jeans and plaid print are the perfect combo for a cosy yet original look.
– With other plaid prints
– With leopard print
They both have this cosy autumnal feel, I guess that is why they look great together.
Remain subtle though (^^)
You can even try snake…
My favorite combo? The plaid with plumetis tights. I do it all the times.
It look kind of baroque and preppy.
– Any other print
As I explained in my “how to mix print” entry, prints mix always mix when they have the same color.
So have fun!
Bisous from Paris where I am currently writing café with a cup of warm tea (and kind of a punk look today erm. Probably this tartan topic inspired me.)