My mom can vouch for this, I have always been obsessed with plaid shirts. She often calls me a lumberjack, because of this. There’s just something about the classic patterned long-sleeved shirt that I can never get enough of. Because of this, I’ve learned that I need to be more choosey and have more of an eye for details and styles so that I don’t overwhelm my closet with a bunch of plaid shirts.
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Today I’m going to share how to find the perfect plaid shirt for Fall.
It all comes down to three factors for me.
1. Color 2. Style 3. Fabric
I don’t discriminate when it comes to plaid pattern colors. I love them all. However, I try not to buy multiple plaid shirts in the same color scheme. Which is definitely harder than it seems, with so many great options out there. So I stick to classics like red, black and blue color schemes. Then I like to add in a few more unique shades like the burnt orange plaid I’m wearing in this post along with green or a maybe a pink palette.
When it comes to the style of the shirt, I like to own only a couple (1-2) that are on the fitted, more tailored side. Since I generally prefer more laid-back, slouchy fits, I like my other styles to be more of a boyfriend-fit. And then I like to have one long enough to wear with leggings, so usually a high-low fit works perfectly for that. The plaid shirt I’m wearing in this post is over-sized and you can’t tell because I have it tucked in, but it’s also lower in the back. Which makes it perfect to wear with sleek skinny jeans or leggings. So bottom line: stick to buying plaid shirts in the fit you prefer most of your tops to be in, then add 1-2 in different styles of fit to change things up.
Lastly, fabric. Since I do love plaid shirts. A lot. I like to wear them all year long. For this reason, I look for plaid shirts in different fabrics. I only own one wool plaid shirt, because I live in Miami and I would be crazy to think I can wear that shirt more than 2-3 a year max. Then I look for fabrics that are on the cozy side, but far from the thickness of wool. Something like this plaid shirt that is 55% cotton, 45% viscose. Lastly, because I am in warm weather 90% of the time, my favorite plaid shirts to own are 100% cotton. They are the coolest and comfiest ones. Plus, I can have more fun layering when the plaid shirt is lightweight.
Perfect Fall Plaid Shirts
P.S. I love the plaid shirt I’m wearing in this post and would definitely recommend it. BUT it does run a size bigger. I’m wearing an XXS. It’s supposed to have a very relaxed and long fit, but I’d still buy a size down.
P.P.S. If plaid isn’t your jam, I’ve also shared 25 Fall Fashion Staples to Add to Your Closet and the pieces are goooood.