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5 Ways to Style a Plaid Shirt for Fall

Plaid always starts to show up this time of year but, with the return of 90s grunge, it’s popping up all over right now! My favorite is the classic red and black plaid – it’s totally timeless. If both Paul Bunyan and Jordan Catalano pulled it off, then I should probably give it a try.

You can find plaid in any color combination you can imagine right now – pinks, yellows, greens, blues. Classic red and black, however, proved strangely difficult to find. I recommend a good thrift store combing (don’t forget to check the men and boys sections!). I finally found mine in the men’s section at Kohls! The brand is Croft & Barrow - it’s slim through the body and a little long, which I prefer.

Click through below to see how I styled my classic plaid flannel shirt!

  • Get Your Plaid Ready 1 of 6
    5 Ways to Style a Plaid Shirt for Fall

    Click through to see how you can incorporate plaid into your wardrobe this fall!

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    Plaid with Jeans and Vest

    My solution to pretty much any wardrobe dilemma - throw a vest over it. This vest is a longer style, which works well with the long line of my plaid shirt. Make sure to throw some jewelry on for a little shine and to keep the look from going too masculine.

    Shirt, Kohls, $15.99 (on sale)

    Vest, Kohls, $24 (on sale)

    Jeans, AG Jeans (via Hautelook. They're currently on there again!)

    Boots, Arizona (via JCPenney)

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    Dressed Up Plaid

    A while ago, there was this crazy popular image on Pinterest of a bride who had thrown a plaid flannel shirt over her wedding dress. She looked absolutely fantastic and I've been wanting to recreate her look ever since! Tie your plaid shirt over a tulle skirt and pop the collar for some extra face-framing drama. Then, add heels and sparkly jewelry.

    Shirt, Kohls, $15.99 (on sale)

    Skirt, ASOS

    Heels, Target

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    Plaid and Acid Wash

    I mean, if you're going to go retro, you may as well throw some acid wash destroyed jeans in there as well, right?

    Shirt, Kohls, $15.99 (on sale)

    Jeans, Forever 21, $22.80

    Shoes, ADIDAS (via Marshalls)

  • Pattern Mix 5 of 6
    Pattern Mix Plaid

    Plaid plus tribal? Why not! It photographed stumpy (darn flats), but I liked the outfit more than I thought I would. It takes a certain level of confidence to pull off this kind of pattern mixing and I think I might be at that level. Grocery store, here I come.

    Shirt, Kohls, $15.99 (on sale)

    Skirt, H&M, $12.95

    Flats, Sam Edelman (via Last Chance)

  • Layer with Leather 6 of 6
    Plaid with Leather

    My favorite outfit of the bunch by far. Plaid and leather were made for each other.

    Shirt, Kohls, $15.99 (on sale)

    Jacket, OASAP, $45.90

    Target leggings

    Boutique 9 Booties (via Last Chance)

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