Gooood morning! How is your week going?
I will say this week is going…better than last week? 😂
I’m also excited because we have our second Women for Biden call tonight (our first one was so great, we wanted to do another one for those who couldn’t make it!) This time I invited my friends Hitha, Ashley, Becca, and Jess to cho-host with me, starting at 7:30pm CST/8:30EST.
The Women for Biden team will be taking us through easy ways to volunteer with the Biden/Harris campaign, discussing the most effective ways to get involved, even if you don’t have much time! Would love if you could join, and bring all your friends, too! Sign up here!
How to Style a Plaid Flannel Four [2020 friendly] Ways
In the meantime though, we’re talking about fall flannels today! PLAID flannels, to be exact! Over on stories a little later this afternoon, I’ll be teaming up with my friend Nia from Kimchi and Collards where we’ll both be sharing several ways to style a plaid shirt! (If you’re new around here, I like to do styling sessions with other influencer friends from time to time to introduce you to new people to follow and give you double the outfit inspiration on multiple body types!)
I found Nia’s account earlier this summer and instantly became a fangirl–not just because of her cute outfits, but I love her sense of humor, her amazing decor, and her cute schnauzers, too! I like, creepily just messaged her how much I loved her account like I was in second grade on the first day of school like, “WANNA BE FRIENDS?!”
She’s based in Brooklyn and posts affordable and inclusive style content (Nia is 5’10 and size 16-18/1X, for reference!) with funny, sassy captions. Fun fact: she also designs custom closets for The Container Store for her day job. 😍 You must follow her! She will truly brighten up your day and bring the biggest smile to your face!
The topic we decided on for our styling session was “how to style plaid for fall,” so, here we are! Let’s jump in!
(Side note, I apologize in advance I did not dust the mirror before photographing these looks. Oops. 🤣)
First up…the plaid shirt!
Today, I’ll be styling this Plaid flannel button-down from Outerknown! (Yep, same flannel as my white flannel, this one is just a plaid version!) I love how thick this shirt is–it really is the ideal flannel for a cold fall or winter day. The fit is a boxier fit, and the length is flattering, so it’s cute both untucked and tucked-in! It makes a very cute base layer, or outer layer, too! (Note: If you want one that’s a little thinner, I’ve linked some other cute versions below!)
Sizing: It’s boxy and oversized. I sized up and went with a medium but I don’t think I needed to!
Shop other colors of my flannel and other similar styles:
How to style a plaid shirt four ways
Plaid flannel with faux leather leggings
An ideal outfit for working from home–”dressed” but super comfortable! This is why I love the Spanx faux leather leggings so much. They’re super comfortable, but look pulled together. Throwing on a pair of loafers adds a preppy/classic twist that puts the finishing touch on the outfit!
Note on the Spanx faux leather leggings vs Commando faux leather leggings: I like the Spanx leggings most for lounge as compared to the Commando, which I prefer for wearing out. The latter are more “leathery” which results in being less breathable/more constricting. Cuter for wearing in public, but not as ideal for wearing all day every day at home–thus, I always recommend the Spanx over the Commando for 2020 outfits!) I’m wearing a size small for the leggings!
For a dressed-down version, I also LOVE wearing this shirt with the Aerie leggings!
Plaid flannel with a chunky cardigan and mom jeans:
Plaid flannel button-down, American Eagle Mom Jeans (run a little big, wearing 4), Mules (on sale for $39! TTS), Chunky cardigan TTS (reviewed here)
I know I’m wearing jeans here BUT–this is definitely another Work From Home/Wear Real Clothes approved look. “Quaran-jeans” are the answer! These mom jeans have just the right amount of stretch to them, and run a little big, making them roomy and soft enough to wear all day without feeling the need to change back into your sweats by 2pm. 🤣 This super inexpensive cardigan also makes a great “house sweater” that is kind of the same as a bathrobe, but acceptable to wear on zoom calls. (Note, there’s a detailed review of it here!)
For the finishing touch, I love a leopard shoe paired with plaid. It’s a print that goes so well together! If you’re finding your outfit is too “lumberjack” this is a good way to put a more sophisticated twist on it! These mules are on sale right now for $39 and are my go-to house shoes!
Plaid flannel with joggers and sneakers:
Plaid flannel button-down, Joggers (TTS, wearing small), Sneakers (review of them here! TTS) I also love the classic look of these ABLE sneakers and plan to order them to review as well! Old Abercrombie hat (similar here)
One reader coined the term “grocery store chic” to describe her 2020 style, and I think this outfit is the epitome of grocery store chic. Super comfy sweatpants, but styled up so you wouldn’t be embarrassed to run into someone you know at the grocery store. 🤣 These joggers from Aerie have been a go-to ever since I pulled them out of the package. Like sweats, but elevated! (I love the fall colors they come in, too!)
Plaid flannel dressy casual for brunch
Plaid flannel button-down, Jeans (run a little small but stretch out, wearing 26), Mules (not available in bone now, but have other colors!) Earrings, Old striped tee but similar here, Old Madewell bag, but they make a similar one here, and I love ABLE’s version!
Okay, I had to throw something in here for actually leaving the home–a festive outfit perfect for grabbing a socially distanced beverage on the patio, or a crisp fall coffee date! (I would throw my Barbour jacket on over the top if it’s extra chilly!)
Stripes are another pattern that goes great with plaid, particularly if the stripes are thin and on a white background. (A dark background would compete too much with the plaid in this instance). The reason this works is because the stripes are a smaller, busier pattern and the plaid is a bolder, larger pattern–the scale works!
I also love wearing a button-down as an outer layer–it adds not just more warmth but also more visual interest to an outfit!
Because most of this look is pretty “tomboyish” (i.e. the flannel, the jeans), more feminine elements like a heeled mule and earrings offset it to make the outfit more dressy and feminine!
That’s all for today! I hope this gave you a fun little dose of fall style! Make sure to check out my stories and Nia’s stories this afternoon for a full video style lesson on how we’re styling our plaid shirts!