10 Ways To Wear a Plaid Shirt

When it comes to choosing clothes to wear in the Fall, one of the favorite tops is a plaid shirt.  The plaid pattern, especially if the colors are burgundy or green, fits right in with a fall wardrobe.  Plaid is also popular in the Winter and Spring seasons.  In the Fall, you can wear plaid alone or layered with other clothes.  A cardigan and a plaid shirt are a perfect match!  Wear it with a blazer for a preppy look, with a vest to add texture or even over a tee for a relaxed look.

Plaid shirts make excellent additions to a capsule wardrobe.  You can wear them so many ways!  You can dress them up or wear them casual.  If you have just one plaid shirt in your closet, you can wear it at least 10 different ways, like in the photos below (from Pinterest).

10 Ways To Wear A Plaid Shirt

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1. With a Cardigan


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 This blue and green plaid shirt is worn with a camel-colored cardigan and black jeans.  The plaid shirt pops again the neutral tones of the cardigan and jeans.

2. With a Blazer


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This red and blue plaid shirt goes perfectly with the military-style navy blazer.  The jeans and nude pumps complete the outfit.

3. With a Vest


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The navy and red plaid shirt looks great with the olive vest and distressed jeans.  You could add a pair of nude pumps or suede ankle boots to complete the look.

4. Over a Tee


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This black and white plaid shirt has more of a relaxed look worn open with the gray tee and dark wash jeans.

5. With a Skirt


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This is an odd pairing and looks beautiful!  A plaid shirt with a full navy midi skirt and the combination plays off each other to create a polished look!

6. With a Jacket


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This plaid shirt looks great with the brown leather jacket.  Almost any color of plaid shirt looks great with a brown or black faux or real leather jacket.  Add a neutral-colored scarf, jeans and ankle boots or sneakers to complete the look.

7. Under a Sweater


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Plaid shirts look fabulous under neutral color sweaters, because they give sweaters a “pop” of color to create interest.  This combo can be worn with a pair of girlfriend jeans, like in the photo, or with leggings or even a pencil skirt.

8. Around Your Waist


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If it’s too warm to wear layers, but you want to wear more than just a white tee and jeans, tie a plaid shirt around your waist!

9. With Distressed Jeans


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Plaid shirts look great with white distressed jeans.  Add a pendant necklace and even a shorter necklace!

10. With a Scarf


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If you don’t want to wear a plaid shirt by itself, add a scarf!  Since the shirt has a plaid pattern, opt for scarves with solid colors, like an ivory scarf or a scarf that brings out one of the colors in the shirt.  A navy scarf would also look good with this shirt.

See more plaid shirt outfit ideas on my
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  1. Flannels are an absolute essential for me, and I’m always looking for new ways to wear them and new things to pair them with. Great post, I love your style!!

  2. I just bought a plaid shirt and can’t wait to wear it. Mine is longer so I’ll probably wear it with skinny jeans or leggings.
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  3. Love these different ways to make such a great foundation piece even more stylish. Thanks so much for sharing with us over at The Mommy Monday Blog Hop!

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