Button up plaid shirts were a huge trend last fall and winter, so you probably purchased one – at least I hope you did. This season, manufacturers have re-invented the plaid shirt by adding new details such as a contrasting back, like the one in the picture. This one from Tribal Sportswear has a pretty floral print, capitalizing on two trends for the season – florals and plaids. I also have plaid shirts in the store with solid backs as well as blouse tunic plaid styles with uneven hemlines. If you didn’t get into the plaid trend last season, jump in now!
So what do you do to amp up your plaid shirt from last year that doesn’t have all these fun details? I love adding a vest over a plaid shirt. A basic button down blouse works great with any kind of vest, and plaid will coordinate with many fabrics including fur, leather and down. The key to combining a vest over a blouse is to choose a complimentary color to your plaid. A tan fur vest, for example, will work beautifully over an olive green, red, burgundy, or brown based plaid. A silver grey puffy vest would be great over any plaid that has white in it. I paired a vintage black leather and fur vest today over my olive green and rust plaid shirt as an example. You can even choose a vest with a little embroidery. Keep in mind the rule for combining prints – both prints need to have the same colors. If they do, you can get crazy and put a paisley printed vest over a plaid shirt. The Tribal plaid is a great example of how to do this. Get courageous and have some fun with your clothing!