Plaid is one of my favorite patterns to style and play with in fashion due to its up market demeanor and luxury quality. Saying this, I have found in the past plaid that in no doubt looks awful and I would never be seen wearing, so it really is about finding the right brands to work with and find that nice, good quality style that plaid items should always have.

Today I will be sharing my tips with you about how I style plaid and how to make affordable items look high fashion. This plaid blazer and shorts together cost £70 from Zara but to me looks something straight from a Balenciaga runway. Plaid is normally associated with high fashion which is probably what I love most about it. Getting the right plaid items can make your outfit instantly look hundreds more pounds then for  what you paid for it.

Some of my favorite high street brands for plaid items are Zara, Holister, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Honey Punch. A brand I wouldn’t exactly recommend for plaid is Pretty Little Thing, as I feel they actually make it look inexpensive and aren’t the best quality but that’s the only bad experience I’ve ever had with them and plaid patterns.

Plaid is often thought of as work wear, which I mean from my look I can see why. At the moment I’m in the middle of reading The Devil Wears Prada and if I were in Lauren Weisberger’s shoes working for the Queen of Fashion Anna Wintour then this is probably something I would wear to the Vogue office and wouldn’t be frowned upon in the actual Fashion editorial world.

I paired this two piece plaid set with a white shirt which made the look appear extremely high fashion. Since this is what I wanted, I also paired the outfit with some brown knee high boots to keep the look neutral but designer.

When styling plaid with color what I like to do is keep it simple. I love pairing plaid on plaid like in this look and if this was in color it would still be really cute to style but you have to know when to draw the line with all this plaid-ness. If your whole outfit was just one big plaid mess then Cher Horowitz would be SCREAMING. Playing around with the items you have and pairing them with neutral colors is essential. Not everything works with plaid and looks high fashion.

If you’re styling plaid pants that are for example black and yellow then to create the look high fashion I would throw on a high neck long sleeved black top and maybe a silver or black little handbag by my side. Keeping it minimal really makes a big difference and if I were to show more skin on my top half like wearing a tank top for example then it can instantly transform the look from high fashion to cheap.

img_8471 Thank you for reading and if anyone has anymore tips on styling plaid clothing or any suggestions on brands I should check out, please leave a comment below.

Links to the outfit: Plaid Blazer

Plaid Shorts

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