STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Plaid Is Not Just For Flannels

It’s the beginning of the year and here in the Northwest, that often means a lot of terrible cold weather that includes rain, wind and a dreary overcast. This results in everyone wearing a lot of jackets, coats and sweaters. Layering is a necessity to keep warm, but wearing that coat can often cover up your outfit.

In actuality, winter shouldn’t put a cramp on your style! Even though you maybe stuck in a big coat or jacket all winter long, that doesn’t mean you have to stick to neutrals or just solids. You can take a cue from this Fashionista. She chose to accent her otherwise black outfit by wearing a brown plaid toggle coat with a burnt orange turtleneck. She added a pop of color with red lipstick. She definitely stood out in the crowd, which was covered in a sea of black.

Her choice of jacket definitely ties into the major plaid trend. Plaid is a print that is often associated with flannel, Scottish kilts or even school uniforms. You don’t have to be a hipster/lumberjack, Scotsman or student to wear it. When wearing plaid, like any other print, you should pay attention to the size of the print and the color. These two factors are very important because they relate to the boldness of the print. If you like stand out, choose a plaid in bolder colors. If you’re wearing jacket, it would make sense that the size of the plaid would be larger relative to a plaid print on a pair of shoes. Take care not to use the print too excessively, but know that it will definitely add a pop to any outfit.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Take advantage of plaid’s trendiness, and mix it in with solids, dots and strips.”