All About Plaid: The Blazer, The Skirt & The Best Prints To Mix With Them

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This post is sponsored by Nordstrom and ShopStyle.

There’s something luxurious about layering up in whatever gives you the “warm fuzzies” and looking good doing it. Despite my most stubborn efforts, it’s likely in my best interest to think beyond outfits revolving around fleece-lined leggings or cozy slippers. I mean, no judgment, but ya know, some work and social engagements may demand a little more of us. But, don’t worry, I got you! I styled two looks from Nordstrom that load up on all my fashion favs for fall: plaid, cashmere, wool blends, and yes, a snuggly cotton layer. Let’s strut into fall with open arms (and a little bit of leg) together!

Found: An Awesome Plaid Blazer

Plaid for fall may not be groundbreaking, but I love to see it reinvented each year and put my own take on it. I want to wear belted blazers with everything lately, so I knew I would be planning a look around that trend. The rest is fall fashion history.

Strutting into autumn like..."All about plaid"... "Mad about plaid." We could go on about 1 of our fav fall fashion trends & we do. Mixing prints & patterns, inside.
Strutting into autumn like..."All about plaid"... "Mad about plaid." We could go on about 1 of our fav fall fashion trends & we do. Mixing prints & patterns, inside.
Strutting into autumn like..."All about plaid"... "Mad about plaid." We could go on about 1 of our fav fall fashion trends & we do. Mixing prints & patterns, inside.
Strutting into autumn like..."All about plaid"... "Mad about plaid." We could go on about 1 of our fav fall fashion trends & we do. Mixing prints & patterns, inside.

Shop The Cinched Plaid Blazer Look

Plaid blazer (also in plus size): Structure and stretch are going to make this Treasure & Bond blazer a go-to piece in my closet. I sized up to a large for layering. Especially love this blazer with the deep hunter green pants. I watched so many of Eva Chen’s Fashion Week Instagram stories, and she wore and reported seeing, so much “Slytherin green” on the runways. So we’re definitely on trend with this one, and no doubt I’ll reach for it year after year.

Cashmere turtleneck: Nordstrom is the first place I think of for a good selection of quality cashmere at all price points. This sweater is buttery soft and almost tunic length. It’s going to take all my leggings up a notch this season. It’s TTS, wearing my usual M.

Corduroy skinny pants: I’d sworn off corduroy since I was a little girl, so this one was a stretch for me. But — last season, I started seeing more modern takes on corduroy; I was finally ready to give it a try this year. These skinny pants in the deep forest green feel more velvety than corduroy. The key to my new corduroy love affair is to stay away from wide wale (the characteristic rolled lines you expect from corduroy) and go for modern/classic silhouettes. These are “pinwale” and the skinny fit feels like jeans with a little stretch. They come in 10 colors; I’m wearing the color “army olive.”

Leather booties: I couldn’t get over the taupe/putty color of these booties. When I finally got them, I loved how buttery soft they are. As with most pointy-toe styles, you may want to consider sizing up, especially if your foot is wider. I ordered my usual 9; they’re a smidge snug, but will break in some.

Crossbody bag: After wearing my (sold out) Topshop bucket bag all summer, I’ve been looking for my next “it” bag from the brand. There are tons of contenders; both bags from this post are Topshop. The gold chain/hardware and croc embossing are such luxe details, you’ll be pinching yourself for scoring it for less than $50!  

Wrap belt: I love a cool belt for adding interest to my look and cinching in my waist to play up my curves. This belt has an elastic section in the back that snaps, so you’re not actually adjusting at the visible belt buckle, though it is functional. I love it with the blazer, and it’ll really come in handy with my sweater dresses and shift dresses. It’s TTS, I’m wearing a size M.

Prints To Mix With Plaid

I originally planned to layer this look with the turtleneck underneath the blouse, but it was too bulky. I compromised by styling it separately with the striped turtleneck and jewelry print blouse, but then, I couldn’t decide which top looked best. Which do you prefer: “Rich auntie” vibes in the navy button up or “classic preppy” vibes in the striped turtleneck? Whichever you choose, we really can’t go wrong.

Strutting into autumn like..."All about plaid"... "Mad about plaid." We could go on about 1 of our fav fall fashion trends & we do. Mixing prints & patterns, inside.
Strutting into autumn like..."All about plaid"... "Mad about plaid." We could go on about 1 of our fav fall fashion trends & we do. Mixing prints & patterns, inside.
Strutting into autumn like..."All about plaid"... "Mad about plaid." We could go on about 1 of our fav fall fashion trends & we do. Mixing prints & patterns, inside.
Strutting into autumn like..."All about plaid"... "Mad about plaid." We could go on about 1 of our fav fall fashion trends & we do. Mixing prints & patterns, inside.

Shop Print-Mixing With Plaid

Plaid skirt: I’m a sucker for an a-line skirt. The silhouette plays nice with my curves, which means I can wear to work and beyond. Not sure if we’d call this one plaid or windowpane, but the burgundy/navy colors are on point for fall. And, how cute is the button detail? It’s TTS; I’m wearing a 10 and it’s stocked to 18W. Get it on sale now for 40% off!

Chain print shirt: If you’re looking to spice up your selection of button-down shirts, you have to try this one. This shirt makes a statement without being over the top. I think it’s because the colors are so gorgeous. The navy background with all the crisscrossing gold chains is striking. I just wish it was stretch cotton; the poly blend is a bit odd. It’s TTS, I’m wearing my usual size M.

Striped turtleneck: I know I don’t need any more striped tops, but I truly don’t think I have any turtleneck ones, so this is a keeper. It’s a soft jersey that’s perfect for sweater layering or wearing on its own. I went with my usual M; it’s definitely more of a relaxed fit.

Leather booties: I couldn’t get over the taupe/putty color of these booties. When I finally got them, I loved how buttery soft they are. As with most pointy-toe styles, you may want to consider sizing up, especially if your foot is wider. I ordered my usual 9; they’re a perfect fit and will break in some.

Crossbody bag: After wearing my (sold out) Topshop bucket bag all summer, I’ve been looking for my next “it” bag from the brand. There are tons of contenders; both bags from this post are Topshop. I loved the shape and acrylic handle of this bag, not to mention, mustard is always a great color for fall. It adds such a nice pop of color to this look. And you guessed it…it’s under $50!

Shop All My Nordstrom Fall Picks

I kid you not, I was seriously strutting in both these looks. Now that #hotgirlsummer has turned into #hotgirlfall, it seemed like the right thing to do.

Special thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post that put a little extra pep in my step. You always have what I need for my wardrobe, and I love your curbside service and free shipping and returns, especially in brutal Midwest winters! As always, all the fabulous fall picks and opinions are my own. And, let’s not forget all of our awesome TME readers; your support is so appreciated. Thanks for reading and commenting; be sure to follow me on Instagram @BeingTiarra to continue chatting over there.

Xo,

Tiarra

Photos by Sweet Leaf Photography

7 COMMENTS

  1. So good!! You look fabulous! I’ve been searching for the perfect plaid blazer and this one is really good! Love it!

  2. These are both/all my favorite! You always give me new ideas, Tiarra, and I love all the posts that show how to mix in a trendy piece. And I might really need that wrap belt!

  3. Chain print is back! Wonders never cease. Loving the blazer especially. I have felt the same way about corduroy, but these pants are convincing me to maybe give it another try sometime soon.

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