Fall Trend: Plaid with a Bright Color

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So, after a few years in this biz, I’ve learned I have to do the slow roll into fall when it comes to fashion trends. Give me all the pumpkin everything as soon as September hits, but fall trends and I take longer to warm up to each other.

One trend I didn’t have to warm up to this year though was glen plaid. I instantly love it. I love the menswear nod, and the classic British vibe of a good black and white plaid. London knows how to take a good Scottish plaid and make it streetwear and cool. This was not a far reach for me, I know. I’m slightly obsessed with and will always be inspired by London style.

And what’s even more fun and mod than this great plaid by itself? Why, pairing it with a fun bright color, of course. I know I lean towards black and gray a lot, but I think that’s what I totally dig about this pairing…it’s a pop of fun color with still plenty of neutral black and white to make me happy.

Glen Plaid with Bright Shoes

Outfit Details

Treasure and Bond Plaid Oversized Blazer: I love this thing. It’s light enough to be comfortable now with a tee, and will layer well over a thin sweater later. It runs fairly TTS, but size up if you’re between sizes or want to wear a heavier under layer. Wearing a Small. (Sorry, this one sold out super-fast; check back for restocks. I’ve rounded up similar ones below).

H&M V Neck Tee (similar)

Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Ankle Skinny Jean: These are a great find for such a good price. The wash is great and the waist is comfy (I think it’s a bit taller waistband or something). I’m pretty picky about jeans as you know, and these are an awesome find. $68, wearing a size 6 regular. They run a bit small. 

Seychelles Rehearse Pointy Toe Pump: Hooray! I thought mine was discontinued, but it looks like it wasn’t. This is the comfiest pump ever. They run a little large/stretch out with wear, so maybe consider sizing down a half size. SO soft inside and such a fun pop of color for any outfit.

Marc Jacobs Crossbody (similar)

Topshop Layered Necklace (similar)

Glen Plaid With A Bright Tee

Plaid Outfit Details

Treasure and Bond Plaid Oversized Blazer: I love this thing. It’s light enough to be comfortable now with a tee, and will layer well over a thin sweater later. It runs fairly TTS, but size up if you’re between sizes or want to wear a heavier under layer. Wearing a Small. (Sorry, this one sold out super-fast; check back for restocks. I’ve rounded up similar ones below).

We the Free Cali Tee: Love this shade of orangey-red and the distressing on this tee. They only had a medium when I got it in store. I wish I had sized down to a small, as it’s already a bit oversized, even though the site description says it runs small. This very similar-but-sleeveless version is better stocked. 

Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Ankle Skinny Jean: These are a great find for such a good price. The wash is great and the waist is comfy (I think it’s a bit taller waistband or something). I’m pretty picky about jeans as you know and these are an awesome find. $68, wearing a size 6 regular. They run a bit small. 

Steve Madden Serena Mixed Media Sneakers: I adore these high tops. Because of the bling they seem to dress up my jeans a little more and high tops are just my fav. These run TTS and are such a fun fall find.

Topshop Layered Necklace (similar)

Shop Plaid Jackets

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Shop Bright Tops

xo,

L

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Pictures by the lovely Posy Quarterman.

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12 Comments

  1. I just bought a plaid jacket!! Literally yesterday!!! I’m planning on wearing it with a concert t, black jeans and booties! I’m obsessed with the yellow shoes you’re wearing!! As usual, your style is on point!

  2. Elizabeth Rafter on

    I think the double breasted look is going to take some getting used to for me, but otherwise, I love both of these looks! That orange tee is perfect for fall. And I love those necklaces! Knocked it out of the park, as usual!

  3. Just dug out a tweedy grey plaid blazer from 2011 and have ben contemplating what to do with it – love these ideas! I’m also thinking a slightly cropped mockneck with a pendant and skinny jeans could modernize it without looking office-y…

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