The ’90s are back, in a big way, and the sartorial front-runner poised to work its way into your autumn wardrobe has to be the plaid shirt. More versatile than it may seem, you can wear it with a leather pencil skirt for a grown-up grunge look or, if you’re feeling brave, dare to opt for ‘plaid on plaid’. Add a red lip and a slick of black eye liner and it’s 1994 all over again â€“ albeit with a modern twist.
Plaid is a bold, rugged print. Some automatically associate it with lumberjacks, Scotsmen, and farmers, but the pattern can be surprisingly versatile once you know how to wear it.
1. Limit the amount
Plaid is a bold pattern, so you should avoid overwhelming your look with too much of it. Either stick with one prominent plaid piece or several small plaid accessories.
2. Pair your plaid with neutral solids.
Other patterns will clash, causing your outfit to look confused and busy.
3. Choose your fabric carefully
Plaid flannels are common for autumn and winter, but plaid print also comes in lighter materials like cotton, which is more suitable for spring and summer.
4. Pay attention to the print pattern and size
Choose whatever appeals to you most.Â “Woven” styles mix multiple colours into one pattern and generally use large squares.Â “Western” styles usually have smaller squares and only make use of one or two colours.
5. Pick the right colour
- Red and black plaid is the most traditional and works especially well in colder months, but it may look too rugged for some tastes.
- Other traditional looks involve muted colours like navy, gray, brown, tan, cream, and white.
- Light pastels and bright colors are more modern. These work best for warmer months.
6.Â Make it casual
Match a loose, slightly oversized button-down plaid shirt with your favourite pair of jeans. Wear a clean yet casual shoe, like a flat or sneaker, and keep any jewelry or accessories to a minimum.
7.Â Dress it up
Wear a fitted plaid tunic or dress over a pair of dark leggings. Wrap a scarf or belt around your waist and add a few gold accessories, such as necklaces, bracelets, or earrings. Finish it off with a pair of fashionable heeled boots.
8. Wear a “schoolgirl” skirt
Pick a plaid skirt with traditional colours, like red and black or navy and black. Pair it with a plain white button-down shirt. Wear a pair of black knee-high socks, and throw on some simple black flats.
9. Spice things up with plaid accessories
Look for a plaid handbag, scarf, or belt. Add the accessory to a simple plaid-free outfit that only uses solid prints like to a white t-shirt and jeans.MYNEWSHUB/Text: SARA KHALID