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How To Style Plaid In The Fall

I don’t know why, but the Brawny paper towel guy comes to my mind when I think about wearing plaid. It doesn’t happen if I am wearing plaid in the spring or summer, but come fall, the image of a lumberjack pops into my mind. If you are like me, here are ways for you to style plaid in the fall without looking like a lumberjack.

How To Style Plaid In The Fall – Add Jewelry

Yes, I know that men wear jewelry also, but the type of jewelry I am talking about is more feminine than they would wear. I love adding a necklace or large earrings to my plaid looks. Think pearls, tassels, or statement pieces, basically anything that is feminine.

How To Style Plaid In The Fall – Pants Or Skirts

Since the Brawny man always wore a flannel shirt, you can knock that image out of your head by adding plaid on your bottom half instead.

How To Style Plaid In The Fall – Don’t Go Oversized

Show your shape and curves since those vary greatly from a man’s. Lol! This one is harder these days since everything is oversized and boxy. But, just because a shirt is oversized, you don’t have to wear it that way. You can tuck your shirt in for a slimmer look, you can do a half-tuck to get the same effect, or you can tie it as I have in this photo. All of those suggestions will show your shape, and that is what we are after.

How To Style Plaid In The Fall – Add A Feminine Touch

When it comes to plaid, you don’t have to wear the Brawny man’s colors. He wore black and red, but choosing more feminine colors can help keep you from looking manly. Another way to keep your plaid shirts from looking too manly is by feminine details. Ruffles are trending, and I’ve seen lots of plaid shirts with ruffles that are super cute.

The Relaxed Suit Blazer and Pleated Wide Leg Trousers match, but they aren’t a set. Each piece is sold separately, and I’ve styled each piece with other items to show you how versatile these pieces are.

Look how drastically switching out the Relaxed Suit Blazer for a Shaker Stitch Cardigan changes the look! With one simple change, the outfit went from a professional look to a polished casual look.

Ignore my horrible posture in this photo and instead focus on the Long Open Front Cardigan. I love this color for fall! Normally, I love a long cardigan better than a short one, but I think the cropped cardigan looks better with the Pleated Wide Leg Trousers. What do you think?

I showed you how to style plaid in the fall using pants. So, now let’s style the blazer another way. I love this outfit; it is polished and chic-looking. These pleated Trouser Wide-Leg Pants can be worn in so many ways, and I think they would look classic with a black sweater.

Here is a different look using a plaid sweater instead of a blazer. This Tweed lady cardigan sweater looks nothing like a lumberjack, and pairing it with a silky skirt adds lots of femininity to the look. This skirt is sold out except for XXL, but this satin skirt would give you a similar look.

You wouldn’t believe how much I’ve already worn this plaid Houndstooth Blazer. It looks fabulous with pants and skirts, but I usually pair it with jeans for a polished casual look.

I bought the Tonal Plaid Jacquard Button-Up Shirt and Good Legs Flare Jeans during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. The plaid shirt is a great example of adding a feminine touch using plaid as a way to keep you from looking manly.

Another purchase from the NSale was this Leather Moto Jacket. I know it isn’t plaid, but it is on sale for 50% off, so I wanted to show it to you anyway. Lol!

More Ways To Style Plaid In The Fall Without Looking Like A Lumberjack

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82 Comments

  1. Susan ann Koren says:

    Love the houndstooth blazer with the jeans – great for date night!

  2. Stella Gustafson says:

    Lol. That’s what I think of the Brawny man when I think of plaid
    I like the outfits you styled with different styles of plaid

  3. Lia Denning says:

    I got the houndstooth jacket and pants. Nice to see other ways to wear them. It wouldn’t make me mad to see a few other ways😁

  4. I do love plaid for fall! Love these ideas. Thank you for sharing!! 😀

  5. Such cute outfits and versatile styles.

  6. I like the plaid blazers

  7. Carolyn Holtz says:

    These looks are really nice. I loved plaid when I was young but seldom ad an adult. These looks have made me fall back in love with plaid.

  8. Janice Nagle says:

    my idea of plaid in the fall has been jeans, a ratty plaid flannel shirt of my husband’s, accessorized with a rake. I now own a plaid wool blazer and a plaid lady jacket. thanks for the inspiration and advice!

    1. Ha! I’ve never heard of a rake as an accessory. Glad that you’ve added a few more fashionable items. 🙂

  9. Pam Cooper says:

    I’m loving the plaid! Can’t wait to try it on me!🙏

  10. Dorothy Kennedy says:

    Love the blue paid button up blouse. Makes your jeans look dressy. Love your posts and how you coordinate different pieces and everything looks fabulous!

    1. Thanks, Dorothy! I’m glad you found something you like!

  11. Personally don’t wear plaid, but will try one of your inspirations.

  12. Great post.love how you put all the pieces together show chic. Great ideas.

  13. I love plaid! I am a forester, so I like the lumberjack look. Ha. Thanks for the ideas!

  14. I’ve been looking for plaid lately…..thanks for the inspiration! I recently bought a cardigan (by Jessica Simpson) similar to the tweed lady cardigan. I’m looking forward to wearing it when the weather cools.

  15. Karrie Knutson says:

    I purchased the hounds tooth blazer and love it! It looks great with jeans, denim skirt. It is my go to transitional piece.

  16. I would definitely have eaten that bacon. That’s how I like it. 😊

  17. I thought those pants looked familiar. I bought them too. I didn’t buy the jacket because being petite I thought it would be too much loose. I’m going to wear the pants with a shorter jacket or cardigan or a fitted top. Since you’re tall the blazer and long cardigan look on you. I love plaid especially menswear plaid like glenplaid.

  18. You have the cutest personality.
    I appreciate how hard you work to share ideas for us.❤️

  19. Love plaid for the fall! Cute options.

  20. I like the plaid blazer . But I just can’t get on the wide leg pants bandwagon. I don’t find them flattering on anyone. I will skip this trend. Thanks for showing that there are choices.

  21. I like the plaid outfits. They really do feel like Fall.

  22. Cheryll Sampson says:

    I have worn plaid, but it is not my favorite. I do have a plaid purse for fall.

  23. Louise Logan says:

    Love plaid for fall!! You put together such cute looks!! Lovely!

  24. Terri Bugh says:

    It’s finally feeling like fall in North Texas! I’m loving your plaid outfits.

  25. Generally we can carry off almost any fashion if we like it and feel confident in it. The opposite is true, too. I have preconceived notions about me in plaid (cowgirl/lumberjack/farmer), florals and wild prints. Strangely, that only applies to me because I like them on other women. But you’re most likely to see me in my comfort-zone solids.

    1. Yes, the key is confidence! Thanks, Nancy.

  26. Lisa Tharp says:

    First of all, I love nearly burnt bacon!! It has to be crispy for me. This bacon looks perfect!! LOL!! I love seeing plaid blazers back. I have always owned at least one to wear with my jeans.

  27. Kathleen Ognibene says:

    You look great in all those fall combinations. I especially love plaid in the fall, with the holidays a close second.

  28. I love that you showed different ways to wear plaid. I would feel a bit awkward if I were to wear plaid on top and bottom. But I appreciate how you tone it down by wearing it on only half. I’m loving the subtle plaid blouses.

    1. Thanks, Amy. Top to bottom plaid can be a bit much, lol.

  29. Ginger Hiller says:

    I actually like my bacon very crispy and slightly burned is okay too. Next time I bet Joe will cook the bacon on a much lower temp on the grill. You look nice in all of the outfits. I agree that the short, more fitted cardigan looks best with the wide legged flared pants.

    1. Yes! It’s all about proportion. 🙂

  30. Rosemary Di Gioia says:

    I’m interested in the cashmere like sweater, but not sure what size to order. Reviews are mixed about sizing up. Did you find that you had to size up? I normally wear between a small or a medium.

    1. When I’m undecided on sizes, I usually size up. I would rather something fit me a little loose than to be too tight.

  31. Great ideas for wearing plaid.

  32. Oh my, the green plaid wrap skirt with fringe took me back to 8th grade! The style then was to wear a fancy safety pin (it came with the skirt) that held the skirt together.
    In windy western Kansas I’d need that safety pin to keep the skirt together. Ha!
    I love plaid especially the plaids with fall colors.
    Thanks for the fun memory of my wrapped skirt.
    Barb B

    1. Oh, I remember the large safety pin. It was all over my 17 Magazine. Ha!

  33. Karen Daniel says:

    I have been eyeing that plaid jacket for a while and since it comes in petite I finally decided to order it ! I think I will enjoy wearing it with jeans for a funky look!

  34. Love the plaid looks! I am reluctant to wear plaids, but thanks to your tips, I’m seeing them in a new light. I think I’ll give them a try!

  35. I’ve always loved plaid – takes me back to my schoolgirl days. That suit is so beautiful and versatile. I just purchased one similar to it in black, ivory, gray glenplaid. Can’t wait to wear it. Thanks for the styling inspiration.

    1. You’re welcome, Laura! Hope you love it.

  36. Cute outfits!!! You look lovely in all of them. Im loving the houndstooth blazer. Plaid is usually not my go to because I had to wear a uniform that consisted of a plaid skirt for 12 years!!! Lol. But plaid is classic and never goes out of style!!!

    1. A uniform could kill the fashion vibe for a few years, lol. Maybe it’s time to give it another go. 🙂

  37. Sherli Morgan says:

    I like plaid, but not a jacket & pants or skirt. One piece will do. Not so overwhelming that way – or at least that’s how I feel!!

    Have a blessed weekend

    1. Thanks for commenting, Sherli. Hope you have a blessed weekend as well!

  38. Love the plaids and various shades of tan on you!

  39. I LOVE the skirt and sweater!!! mixing patterns is super fun!!! Happy Saturday❤

  40. The plaid suit you’re wearing is probably one of the best plaids ever! So versatile and pretty!

  41. I like the Tweed lady cardigan sweater. Thanks for the post.

  42. The plaid blazer with jeans is great!! I just bought my first pair of plaid pants recently!

  43. Mary Kinard says:

    My favorites are the hiundstoith blazer, tweed cardigan, and tje jacquard satin blouse!

  44. I have never been a big fan of plaid but you make all these outfits look great. Tone on tone plaid may be the way I should go.

  45. Jayne Finkbohner says:

    You look absolutely beautiful in the Shaker Tweed sweater. Such a beautiful look with plaid pants. Loving the houndstooth jacket as well.
    I need to find me the right cut jacket for my shorter frame body.

    1. Thanks, Jayne!! Have a great week!

  46. The jacket you love wearing is a glen plaid, isn’t it?

    1. I think so, but I get confused at all the plaid patterns.

  47. My husband cooks bacon outside on our black stone. He scrolls on his phone too while it is cooking, but he does it sitting in a chair right beside the grill. He also believes in cooking it on low and slow. I’m the one that is always in a hurry and turns it too high and burns it.

  48. Dana Smithmier says:

    i used to wear plaid a lot in the late 80s and early 90s-i think ill give it a go!

  49. I love the houndstooth blazer outfit with the jeans and white tee. It looks so pulled together, yet casual. (And I love extra crispy bacon. Yum!)

  50. Love plaid for fall outfits. As usual you are rocking them all.

  51. Thanks for the fall inspiration 🍁

  52. Love these looks. Especially love how you mixed the pieces up with other pieces. Old Navy has some cute things this season. Love your Joe stories.
    I’m married to a Bill who is just like your Joe. Can’t help but love ‘em. Lol.

  53. I have the plaid blazer from Talbots and love it!!! My favorite store!!!

  54. I’ve never been a fan of plaid, but you make these combinations look so cute! I guess I’ll give it a try!

  55. Hi Tania,
    I really liked the plaid blazers. The navy was my favorite. I’m thinking of ordering one or maybe both. Thank you for your posts. I enjoy all of them.

  56. Love that jcrew sweater jacket. but it’s sold out in my size.😒

  57. So enjoy your Joe stories! Love the relaxed plaid jacket suit.
    Have a great weekend.

  58. Although I love the long cardigan, I agree with you, it doesn’t look good with the plaid pants. It needs more fitted pants.

  59. Love this article, and perfectly timed. I have a brown plaid blazer in my closet, that fits perfectly, but I keep nudging it toward the donate bag, because it’s plaid. With your inspiration, it will be worn this fall. I am not allowed to fry/cook bacon in my household, because I always burn it. Love your stories. Have a blessed weekend.

  60. Debbie Hall says:

    Tania, You did an excellent job of styling these plaids!! I especially like the skirt with the sweater cardigan! Looks great on you!! Again, you did a great job!!

  61. What a beautiful suit, matching pants and jacket. My husband burnt the bacon on the grill once too! Ha!

  62. You always look so cute in the outfits you show us, I end up wanting them all! I have the Corsica wash jeans from Talbots and I absolutely LOVE them! I had to go down a size.

  63. I love all the plaid options! So fun for fall!

  64. Love your Joe stories! Nice fall clothes!

  65. Love the houndstooth blazer. Favorite look. Always love a plaid sweater.

  66. Hi Tania, I love the look of plaid, but always been skeptical in wearing it. At 6ft tall, just afraid it might be a little too much, lol. I do really like the tonal plaid shirt. I might give that one a try. Hope your day is good!

    1. Don’t be afraid of making your own style, try plaid! I hope it goes well for you. 😊