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Mad about Plaid: 13 Outfit Ideas for Rocking Tartan

Plaid is a fall favorite. It goes so well with other autumnal styles, like dark jeans and chunky sweaters. Lately, we've been getting major outfit envy every time we see a chic blogger rocking the print. From the flannel shirt to tartan dresses and scarves, we've rounded up 13 ways to wear plaid all season long.

Open Shirt

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A plaid flannel shirt is the epitome of casual style. Wear it open over a tissue-thin T-shirt as Sheryl of Walk in Wonderland does. Perfectly worn in and slightly loose, the outift gives a look that recalls the days of '90s grunge. Pair a baggy flannel shirt with distressed skinny jeans and loafers for a modern approach.

Photo: Walk in Wonderland


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Chunky knits and plaid are essential layering pieces. Let your plaid shirt stand out under a bold sweater in one of the same hues. If you don't want the look to skew preppy, take a style tip from Aimee of Song of Style and wear it with relaxed jeans, luxe leopard pumps, and classic jewelry.

Photo: Song of Style

Wide-Leg Pants

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Plaid pants are tricky to pull off. The secret is to wear them with simple pieces as Karla of Karla's Closet does. Keep them the focus of your outfit: Too many layers or prints will seem busy rather than stylish. Try balancing a pair of wide-leg plaid pants with a white tee and pointed pumps.

Photo: Karla's Closet

With Animal Print

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A simple plaid print like this red-and-black one is the perfect base for pattern mixing. If you're not committed to this trend yet, test the waters by mixing in another print through accessories, like a bag or shoes. Helena of Brooklyn Blonde makes her long-sleeve dress extra-stylish by teaming it with animal-print pumps.

Photo: Brooklyn Blonde

Plaid Coat

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A statement coat is the perfect plaid item. Plus, it makes even plain outfits look like you tried a little harder. To make your plaid coat really stand out, take a tip from Krystal of This Time Tomorrow and wear it over black. A longer coat looks best with skinny pants or dresses, while a shorter plaid coat could work with jeans.

Photo: This Time Tomorrow

With an LBD

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Dress down a little black dress for a weekend outing with inspiration from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Wearing a plaid shirt layered under a denim jacket is practical in that effortlessly stylish way.

Photo: Cupcakes and Cashmere

With Lace

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Try layering your plaid shirt over different fabrics like silk or lace. Anine of Anine's World puts a feminine spin on her plaid shirt by wearing it over a sultry lace bodysuit. Style tip: Leave a few top buttons undone to reveal the layers, and half-tuck your shirt into skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans.

Photo: Anine's World

Dressed Up

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A fitted blazer looks chic, and it can be dressed up or down for work. Arielle of Something Navy perfectly demonstrates the former by wearing her plaid blazer with a flirty feather skirt. Notice how her burgundy clutch ties the look together. You can do the same with jewelry and shoes, too!

Photo: Something Navy

Plaid Scarf

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Nothing says fall like a big plaid scarf. Look for fall colors like red, dark green, navy, and a few neutrals so it goes with many outfits. Take a styling cue from Emily of The Sweetest Thing, and wear it on weekends with simple jeans and a tee. Bonus points for a chic pair of flare jeans like hers!

Photo: The Sweetest Thing

Pencil Skirt

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Natalie of Like Fresh Laundry's sleek plaid pencil skirt and peplum top will work well at the office or for holiday parties later in the season. Ankle boots continue the fall feel, but you could also wear it with nude pumps to elongate your legs.

Photo: Like Fresh Laundry

With Leather

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Give your plaid shirt a hint of downtown-cool style by pairing it with leather. Take a tip from Jennifer of Native Fox to nail this sleek look, and pair it with leather skinny pants and pointed leather ankle boots.

Photo: Native Fox

Oversized Scarf

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A plaid scarf is the perfect way to work the autumnal print into so many more outfits. An oversized version like this one on Jessica of Bows and Sequins is versatile, because there are so many ways to wear the scarf.

Photo: Bows and Sequins

Tied around Your Waist

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With a flannel shirt wrapped around her waist, Zina of Fashionvibe rocks a cool outfit with a grunge vibe. Give the look modern flair by mixing floral patterns with plaid.

Photo: Fashionvibe

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