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it’s true. all of us are mad for plaid all through the holidays. plaid ribbons, plaid bows, plaid placemats, plaid napkins, plaid… well, you get the point. plaid is seen everywhere from November through December. by definition, plaid is a twill woolen fabric with a tartan pattern worn as a kilt or a shawl with a name to identify a community. somewhere along the line, plaid expanded to include any woven or printed pattern with intersecting bands or stripes running horizontally and vertically. but technically, plaid and tartan are two distinct entities. even Scotland can get a wee bit confused in the 21st century. all i know is i love plaid, whether it’s a plaid blazer, plaid pants, or plaid napkins. but how to wear plaid after the holidays? can it be done? let’s see.
it’s hard to decide which plaid i love most. Blackwatch plaid is a favorite with navy blue, green, and black as its backdrop. on the other hand, i’m always game to wear Stewart plaid with vibrant red, navy, and black. both plaids are on hand in my closet, ready to be worn to any holiday shindig. but plaids are perfect to wear all through those dreary months winter likes to dish up. in fact, plaids brighten my day with pops of red infused with shades of blue.
today’s ootd is a little bit of this with a little bit of that. some old and some new, but every piece is from Talbots except for the red handbag and blue puffer. the merry tartan pants are on major sale as they were rolled out pre-holiday. the pants look fantastic paired with an ivory bobble stitched turtleneck with a stylish high low hem. a denim shirt is layered underneath for warmth, but the sleeves look so cute peeking out from the sweater and tie back to the pants. shoes are the easiest accessory to exchange to suit your climate. a pair of booties would work, as do the Francesca driving mocs (old, similar here and here). a navy blue puffer jacket (old, similar here) complements the plaid pants and grounds the neutral color scheme. but i added a red handbag (out of stock, similar here) for a pop of color. how to wear plaid after the holidays? it can be done. all in all, this casual chic outfit works for January. or any cold winter month.
it’s Wednesday, ladies. time to put a smile on someone’s face, including yours.