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How to Wear a Plaid Shirt

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Plaid is a classic print so it’s “in” all the time, but with fall right around the corner you’ll be seeing more and more of it. Retailers are going to be highlighting plaid shirts as their fall essentials and well, they’re not wrong. Do you have already have a plaid shirt and don’t know how to wear it or are you considering buying one but want to make sure you’ll get lots of wear out of it? Read on for my tips on how to wear a plaid shirt!

What type of plaid shirt to get

Good news- all ages can wear plaid! Whether you’re 13 or 75, there’s a style for everyone. Consider what type of plaid shirt you’ll get, as each one gives a different look. A red and black plaid shirt/buffalo check (especially flannel) is more traditionally thought of as a fall and winter top, while a black and white shirt are more classic colors and you could wear it throughout spring as well.

There’s no right or wrong. Get one style or get them all! Just something to keep in mind as you plan out your outfits.

How to Wear a Plaid Shirt

Since fall is happening soon, I’m going to focus on fall looks for your inspiration. Most of these outfits use items you already have in your wardrobe. If not, you should! Related: How to Build a Wardrobe from Scratch

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Quick styling tips

  • You can wear your plaid shirt as more than just a stand alone top! Layer it under a sweater or jacket, tie it around your waist, or wear it open and over a tee.
  • Get creative and mix different prints and textures. Plaid looks great with camo and leopard print, as well as textures like sequins and faux fur.

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.