Sarah's Real Life
10. 06. 2014

plain, flannel, fall fashion

I know fall technically started in September, but most of September still felt pretty summery to me. But October is, like, LEGIT fall, so I decided it was a good time to do a fall-tastic “How to Wear” post. And what’s more fall-tastic than plaid? Well, pumpkins, I suppose, but you can’t wear pumpkins. So plaid it is.

Plaid is a little masculine compared to my usual style, so last fall and winter I came up with several more unique ways to mix it into my cold-weather wardrobe. Enjoy!

With Leather

plain, flannel, fall fashion

A little leather makes everything better. Well, maybe not everything. But it does add a nice edge to flannel.

Mixing Prints

plain, flannel, fall fashion

Plaid + stripes is a cool but not too wacky combo.

With Fur

plain, flannel, fall fashion

Faux fur, of course! This particular combo is perfect for the holidays. Or a Tuesday.


plain, flannel, fall fashion

Part of what I liked about this top was the girly ruffles, but you can make any plaid more feminine with red lips or the right accessories.


plain, flannel, fall fashion

Look closely: There’s a chambray shirt under the flannel one. That extra layer creates visual interest AND it’s more practical for super cold days.

And the obvious option…

plain, flannel, fall fashion

If all that is too “out there” for you, just throw a classic red plaid in with your basic fall neutrals.

Now that you’re properly inspired, here are a bunch of plaid pieces from Shopbop* you can add to your wardrobe right now! (Links are below.)

Mad for Plaid!

Madewell plaid shirts, all under $75

See more short jackets & long coats

Plaid skirts of all lengths and silhouettes

Lots of cozy cardigans

And a plaid scarf to top it off

*Shopbop is current sponsor of this blog.

3 responses to “5 Unexpected Ways to Wear Plaid”

  1. Julie says:

    I absolutely love plaid. Thanks for rounding up some of your best looks!

    xo Julie

  2. Rachel says:

    You have a lot of great plaid looks! I love it paired with the leather skirt… and the “obvious” way 🙂

  3. You nailed the plaid looks! Love them all!!