Plaid skirts


How to Wear a Plaid Skirt



Fads come and go, but plaid skirts can always be in vogue as long as you wear them in a stylish manner. Looking like an overgrown school girl or an overdressed school marm is not the stylish way. You can wear a plaid skirt with aplomb using a little fashion sense and a few simple tips.


Step 1

Pick your skirt. Do a mini or pick a knee-length. Plaid miniskirts can always look cute. If the mini is too mini for your tastes, wear it over opaque tights or leggings. Knee-length plaid skirts also work, as long as you downsize your top half with a form-fitting jacket or blouse. Don’t go longer than a knee-length plaid unless you want to look like you stole the kitchen tablecloth.

Step 2
Stay smooth. Wide pleats with plaid only work in the miniskirt arena. Otherwise, you are bordering on the librarian look. Wide plaid pleats are also apt to add unwanted pounds. Slim, A-line plaid skirts are stylish, as are simple plaid wrap skirts.

Step 3
Top the skirt with a surprising choice. A traditional expectation with plaid skirts is the boring old wool sweater. That will definitely get you a ho-hum look. Instead, top the plaid skirt with a tailored jacket over a tank top or camisole.

Step 4
Stay in the same color family. Plaid usually has at least three or four different hues interwoven in the design, giving you a wide palette of color choices. The only time you should not match is when you are coupling a black and white plaid with, say, a red silk blouse.

Step 5
Keep the top in solids, a subtle design or a print in one or two basic colors. You do not want to top a plaid skirt with a loud plaid blouse, even if they do have the same hues. Yuck. Opt for a solid color or something with a very small design, like tiny polka dots or subtle flowers, to match the plaid but not compete with it.

Step 6

Find funky shoes. Plaid skirts work best with combat or other lace-up boots, clunky clogs or thick-soled oxfords. You can wear heels as long as they are chunky and thick. Don’t wear stilettos. Also skip the flip flops, sandals, penny loafers or saddle shoes with plaid. 


Tips & Warnings


  • Wool plaid skirts are timeless pieces.
  • Beware of plaid in polyester. It can be pulled off, but only if you are going for a retro look and adorn the rest of the outfit accordingly.
  • Choose plaid that caresses the eye. Garish plaid will always look garish, no matter what kind of shirt or shoes you wear with it.
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