Two Ways to Wear Plaid for Fall

Boots, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, football, and crisp Autumn air—hooray! Fall is here! And so is our very favorite trend, which seems to be only getting better—plaid! 

No matter your style, whether it’s classic, preppy, eclectic, or even a little edgy, you can take advantage of this trend to make it your own. (Whether you like to play by the style rules, or break them!) Our go-to destination for all things plaid this fall is Target, and our Fashion Editor Jess Keys and blogger Kelly Larkin of Kelly in the City teamed up to show off two easy and fun ways to wear their favorite plaid items.

Classic Plaid Cape

Capes or ponchos (whatever you like to call them) are the perfect layering essential for fall. This one with its chic black and white plaid pattern, is ultra versatile—perfect for work, weekend brunch, or a dinner date. Warning: If you’re one of those gals who is always cold during the cooler months, you’ll never want to take it off! Here, Jess paired her cape with a classic white boyfriend button down, dark jeans, high-heeled booties, and a loose side pony complete with a bow for a classic, feminine look.

Get the look: Plaid cape // White button down // Jeans // Booties // Watch // Bracelet // Bag 


Plaid Layering Love

Get the look: Button down // Scarf // Leather skirt // Loafers // Bag 

Breaking the rules, Kelly takes a more bold approach to the plaid trend by layering two patterns together! To mix things up, she opted for a leather skirt and finished the look with classic loafers. Don’t be afraid to play around with scarves—drape around your neck, wrap it loosely, or pull it around your shoulders as a wrap for extra warmth!

Tips on playing with bold patterns: 

  • When mixing your plaids like Kelly, opt for two contrasting prints. For a perfect pair, one should be smaller (or busier) than the other in contrasting, but complimentary colors. A great way to start is with a smaller black and white check, then layer on colored plaid.
  • Other prints that go great with plaid: stripes, polka dots, and leopard print!
  • Don’t forget accessories! They’re a great way to incorporate this trend in your ensemble.

What’s your favorite way to wear plaid?

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