I love this long camel coatigan/duster! It might look familiar from my post about 6 ways to style it here. I styled it recently with this amazing $11 plaid shirt (alternate option here) which got me thinking that plaid shirts are really one of my most versatile items in my closet! I love how easy they are to wear so many ways. Today I thought it would be fun to share 10 ways to wear a plaid shirt. Though I am styling a Christmas red plaid below, these ideas work for any plaid shirt you might have with possible minor alterations: buffalo plaid, blue and green plaid, a fall toned plaid, etc. You can see ideas for plaids other than this in previous posts here and here if you are interested.
With a Camel Layer
As seen before, I love this combo! I had to take some photos with my camel duster. It is by Line & Dot from Shopbop, and I really love it! If you’re in the market for anything like it, I highly recommend it. The make some really good sweaters and knits overall.
Tied Around Your Waist
A really fun way to wear a plaid shirt is tied around your waist. Though you can absolutely do this with jeans, I love to do it with leggings to add a little coverage. It helps define your waist and just makes the overall outfit fun! I love wearing either my Spanx leather leggings or my budget friendly Walmart pair seen here. I thought this striped sweater was a fun print mix.
Wear Your Plaid Shirt as a Layer
I love making a plaid shirt a layer itself! If you aren’t a fan of the shacket trend for the bulk, try this! Or if it is a little cool, this makes a great light layer.
A Plaid Shirt is Great Alone!
Next up in my 10 ways to wear a plaid shirt is a no brainer – just wear the shirt as it is! A plaid shirt is pretty great just as it is by itself. Truly one of my all time favorite prints!
Under a Sweater
One of my favorite ways to totally change up a shirt is to layer it under a sweater! I paired my plaid with a grey sweater and jeans but you could just as easily do a trendy sweater vest or work pants and remix this even further! I love doing this with other blouses I have in my closet too and did it often when I was working in an office to get more wear out of my closet.
With a Black Layer and/or Vest
I added a black puffer vest, but I also have a camel colored soft vest that I love with a red plaid. It’s fun to try layering plaid with basically everything you have! My exact black vest is old, but here is a really similar one I own in another color. I can vouch for it being a good buy too!
All Black Combo
I thought it was fun to try an all black combo with my favorite black moto jacket. I’ve had mine for years and cannot wear it out!! I highly recommend if you are on the lookout. So glad they still make it. Same with my boots but I found a similar option for you here.
Try White Denim
Dress it Up With Black Pants
I loved these velvet joggers! You could totally dress them down with a t-shirt and sneakers, but I loved the idea of making them feel Christmasy with heels. They are super comfy and have a fun gathered band at the bottom and waist.
Try a Skirt
Last up on my 10 ways to wear a plaid shirt might be my favorite. Which is yours?? Any chance you remember our Christmas photos from two years ago?? I clearly love the combo of a plaid shirt with a midi skirt because that’s what I wore! Check this post for another take on this same idea.
Shop the Post
Click the items below to shop what you see featured. I have linked exact items when possible (most items are exact). A few items are older, so I have linked similar in those cases. Similar items are the black vest, black buckle boots, and gold skirt. Everything else should be exact. Let me know if you have any questions!