Q&A: Wearing Patterns in the Winter4.11.10
"How can I make checked/plaid shirts look good in the Winter? What can I wear them with?"
Although my own style is currently quite basic, casual and comfy, one of the things I love most about fashion is being able to clash patterns and prints, and being able to pull it off without looking absolutely ridiculous. I don't personally own any checked/plaid shirts, I bought one about a year ago, and my sister pinched it and it has resided in her wardrobe ever since!
I suppose I can see how a plaid shirt can have a typically summery feel to it, especially as they are quite lightweight in material! However, it is still really easy to wear a checked shirt in the Winter, the key is to - again! - layer and pair the shirt with other items, generally items you will already have in your wardrobe!
Typically speaking, the plaid shirt is quite a casual, daytime garment. To wear it in the Winter, it definitely needs a few layers underneath. I personally would wear a plaid top with a clashing leopard print top to mix up the look, and then a loose, slightly sheer jersey tops over the top. I would then wear the plaid top unbuttoned, perhaps with a skinny belt knotted at the waist. As it is the Winter, I would generally wear leggings with them, and scrunched ankle socks peeping over a pair of cute pixie boots. Finally, I really think two or three long necklaces and a snood would polish off the look, as checked shirts are SO made to be worn comfy and chic!
I think checked shirts can also easily be worn out in the evening if worn appropriately. Personally I would go for an overall darker look, with a red plaid top, a black lace body (yes, clashing prints again!) and high-waisted shorts. Add a pair of peeptoe wedge boots and you're good to go. I think with this outfit, a black felt hat would look adorable with long, loosely tousled hair!
Finally, a plethora of bloggers sporting the checked shirt in various ways! I love clicking through Lookbook and Chictopia for inspiration if I've bought an item but I'm not too sure what to wear it with! Although I'm personally not a huge fan of plaid, I am sure it can be easily styled up and down throughout the Winter, hopefully this post has given you a few ideas!
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