We are simply mad about plaid at the moment and so is the rest of the world! We see this happen almost every fall and winter, plaid in all colors and sizes starts coming out of the wood work on everything from accessories, to apparel to home decor. We are big fans of plaid and we love finding new ways to wear it each year So…here we go, our plaid-palooza now begins!
Up until this year we have only worn our blanket scarf two ways: draped over our shoulders like a pashmina or wrapped around our necks a zillion times. There is more than one way to wear this closet staple and we are having fun experimenting with different looks.
A good tartan can truly coordinate with anything! This beige tartan blanket scarf is one Ashley’s had in her closet for over 10 years, which just goes to show that a good classic never goes out of style. It really pops against the understated black and grey, and it really makes the outfit. It could even take the place of a great statement necklace! While we love the original Burberry, this ASOS mens scarf also does the trick for a fraction of the price.
Confession about this look: we were skeptical. We’ve seen it a few times on some very fashionable ladies and didn’t think we could pull it off convincingly. We were actually very pleased with the result and it was definitely warm and cozy. The key to belting a plaid blanket scarf is to use a fitted belt that cinches at the waist, and ideally contrasts with the color of the plaid so that it stands out. This scarf is last season from Old Navy, but these reversible houndstooth and Buffalo check scarves our new favorites!
One trend that we are loving this season is how the blanket scarf has miraculously turned into a cape, which makes wearing it draped over your shoulders just that much easier! We have been wearing ours nonstop, whether it’s over our work out gear, on date night or curled up on the sofa. It truly is a “wear with anything” piece. Madewell’s cape is available in a fabulous red Buffalo Check as well as the one pictured above, but we are also loving these by Faibault and Ganni.
Who said you can’t wear plaid with another print, even another plaid! We find that plaids can mingle well together as long as you follow a couple simple rules. Always make sure the plaids you are mixing are two different size checks. For example, we paired Hallman’s navy Tartan shirt with a Buffalo check scarf. Another key to mixing plaids is to mix prints of different colors. Pairing a Black Watch plaid with a red plaid ensures that they won’t blend together.
Of course, we couldn’t forget about our favorite print of all time…stripes! We find that the same rules of color apply to mixing plaid with stripes as they do for mixing two plaids. It’s always good to make sure that your stripes and plaid are in contrasting shades of light and dark. Here we paired our white and navy stripe dress with a darker beige tartan. The contrasting red in the tartan also makes the plaid pop against the stripes. Whether it’s a classic stripe shirt or dress, you can never go wrong with adding a little plaid!
Add a Statement Necklace
Adding a bold statement necklace is the easiest and best way to elevate the look of any plaid shirt or dress, including your favorite flannel. We find that chunky gold chains, multi-standed pearls and clear crystal necklaces, like the one pictured above, work best with plaid prints because their coloring is neutral enough that they work well with any plaid color combination.
Just because we couldn’t get enough, we decided to pull together some of our favorite pieces to help you take the plunge into plaid this season!
1. J.Crew Plaid Pom Pom Scarf ($75), 2. J.Crew Blackwatch Plaid Pants (sold out, similar here), 3. Sole Society Smoking Slipper ($64.95), 4. Topshop Gloves ($48), 5. Old Navy Plaid Bomber ($39), 6. Charles David Pump ($98.96) 7. Mark & Graham Hand Purse ($49), 8. Current Elliott Dress ($288)
Ashley + Hallman