1. Layer a vest or chic sweater over the shirt to add another stylistic element into the mix. Layers=good. I love this vest because of the gold zipper and perfect fit.
2. Pair it with a seasonally appropriate color of pants instead of blue jeans. Why does this work? Everyone expects you to look like that classic farm girl in flannel and jeans, but you don’t have to! Add some unexpected pants or a skirt in a fun color (my favorite color skirt to wear with plaid is hot pink).
3. Jazz things up with a bow or sparkly, expensive looking jewelry! You can never go wrong with bows or pretty jewelry.
(I had to add this pic above because… ponytail flip. lol)
4. Add heels (or at least booties). If you’re on your feet all day like I was as a teacher, I recommend wedges or a comfy pair of the chunky heeled booties that are popular now. If you just cannot wear heels for whatever reason, there are TONS of stylish booties out this Fall
5. Do sleek, gorgeous hair and Makeup. Think glam curls & a smoky eye. For example, MY hair in this post looks horrendous and is not how you want your hair to look when you wear plaid. Believe it or not, I had gorgeous curls, a side braid, and lots of volume before we shot this…. in the rain. YES, it was raining. I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but there was a light sprinkle happening at that time– something the weather’s been doing a lot these days here in sunny MN. I thought I could beat the humidity by wearing a curled ponytail instead of my hair down like I normally do, but alas… hair fail. 😛
An alternative title for this post could be How to Not Look Like You Were Raised in a Barn While Wearing One of Fall’s Most Popular Trends: Flannel, but that would have been too long. And I decided it wasn’t good to insult barn dwellers right in the title of my post. But if you were raised in a barn, please comment below and tell me what it is like to sleep with such noisy animals. 😉
Flannel shirt: 6pm.com || Vest: Old Navy || Pants: old, from my sis-in-law but I REALLY LOVE THESE because they would be a surefire way to dress up plaid! But if you’re not in to the leather look, here are some very similar to mine for under $60 || Booties: last season Dolce Vita, here’s the updated style under $50 (real leather!!) || Cross body: vintage Coach, newer version here, less expensive (yet AMAZING) style here and $50 real leather style here || Bow: mine is from my grandma, but they’re selling them now at places like F21 and Urban Outfitters || Earrings: BaubleBar from last year, similar here! I regret not getting a better shot of the earrings, but I haveta tell yuh– I recommend the BaubleBar brand because their earrings are so adorable and well made. Having quality jewelry is important to me because I’m allergic to nickel and cheap jewelry has a coating that wears off after a few times wearing the jewelry and then my ears literally bleed. Sorry, tmi, but true.
Ok, cue stories of barns…