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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

10 Ways to Wear a Plaid Shirt

My younger brother is absolutely obsessed with plaid shirts, and nowadays I can't seem to get enough of them either.  Will you judge me for having two of the same shirt from Old Navy?  Initially I masterfully talked myself out of getting the blue one, but a crazy sale a few months later was too enticing, especially knowing I could get good use out of both of them!  That makes it more okay, right?  :D

(Side note:  I want to call this "gingham" but Wikipedia says otherwise--has to do with the lightness of the fabric.  So, "plaid shirt" it is...but I'd still rather call it gingham.  :D )

Here are 10 ways to wear a shirt like this!


I tried to pull out the basic, general principles for you to easily use as a foundation.  From there you can add your own style and flare by using pieces you already own and by creating your own color combinations.  

I also made it all one image so that you can pin it for future reference.

I can't wait to wear these looks when the weather cools.  I hope you won't mind seeing them on the blog again!

See even more ways to style plaid here!

(In case you missed it a while back, here's a similar post: Four Ways to Wear a Dress.)

36 comments:

  1. Brilliant! I absolutely love all these ideas (especially 4, 6, 7, and 9), but what I really love is the idea of photographing a bunch of great outfits from your closet to refer to later. I think I will pin it, thank you very much :)

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  2.  the 4th and 9th are my favorite! also, glad you clarified on gingham vs. plaid-my first thought was..."oh no! i have that shirt in red and i tooootally refer to it as gingham. oops!"
    :)

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  3. It's funny because a student-teacher we had last year always wore gingham and one day I realized it and teased him about it.  I only teased him because I was on the fence myself about the pattern.  But, over the summer I got the aqua version of your Old Navy tops.  I really wanted the mustard though!  I absolutely love the second to last look with the boots!

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  4. My favorite look is skinny jeans + boots.  I really love how that hat looks on you, as well!

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  5. You are such a inspiration... I will most definitely be trying these looks!!!! ~I have to go shopping for a plaid shirt!!!! :D

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  6. I love all the layered looks. I think my faves are with the vest, the blazer and over the maxi dress. All so cute! Great job. ;)

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  7. Nice post Audrey! I'm a big fan of "how-to" posts and this is a great one! I love my plaid shirt from J.crew. I'm definitely looking for a second to add to my closet. The Cissus plaid fron Anthro is at the top of my list!

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  8. I'm in the market for a great plaid shirt! Thanks for posting these, this makes me know how versatile it will really be when I find the perfect one :)

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  9. I love how you started with coral pants and ended with a coral skirt. And stuck some orange shoes in there too. These are some awesome ideas, Audrey!

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  10. I  know it seems like I stalk your blog, but well...ok I do, but I love this! I am a huge fan of plaid, but always need more inspiration. I think my favorite look is number 9.

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  11. I've often considered buying the same thing in multiple colors... maybe I shall have to do just that next time it strikes my fancy. Thanks for showing off all the styling options (and by all, I mean the tip of the iceberg)!

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  12. so fun!  it's great to find such a versatile piece.  i love the blue one paired under the blazer!

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  13. I love this!  Definitely going to refer to this as I have the Old Navy shirt in red.

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  14. Nothing wrong with it, especially since they're two different colors. I got two from Old Navy, blue and aqua, and a gray one from Target. And I almost bought the pink one from J.Crew.
    Love the different ways you styled the shirts, looking good. 

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  15. Such a cute print on you... I'd much rather call it gingham, too.

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  16. Nicolette SpringerTuesday, September 20, 2011

    You look great. Love the variety of looks. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration. Now I have to go find me a gingham shirt ;)

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  17. Gingham it is! All of these are great! So glad I nabbed up the yellow one, too!

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  18. There is probably no outfit you could wear that I just don't adore!

    PS: Check out my newest blog post (there's a little surprise for you there!)

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  19. Cute! I like No. 6 and 7. Love menswear inspired looks.

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  20. All of these looks are great!  I'm seriously considering adding a shirt to this to my wardrobe after seeing how versatile it is!

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  21. i am stopping by from wiww. and i saw this post... LOVE it. i need to get my hands on some plaid!! sooo cute.

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  22. I LOVE the Cissus plaid.  I try not to look at Anthro ads/catalogs because I can't stand how much I love that shirt...but I also personally can't stomach paying the money for it!  If you get it, I can live vicariously through you.  :)

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  23. Haha, well it's okay cuz I stalk your blog too.  My fave is also number 9!

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  24. I've had so many people tell me they're sad they missed out on the yellow--we're lucky  we got it!

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  25. Thanks for stopping by, Lori!  Glad to have ya.  :)

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  26. WOW love all the looks. I just got the yellow shirt from Old navy for 9.99 - inspired by you
    Will be trying one of those looks soon. Thanks! 

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  27. I have had a few button ups in the back of my closet for a while that I was going to give up on, now I have a few ideas of how to use them again. Thank you.

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  28. Ah! Read this for the first time wearing basicly the same exact shirt! Funny! I am wearing it with a combo of two bottom center outfits, with black pants and a cardigan over it! :)

    Great idea for a blog post!

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  29. WOW GIRLIE YOU ARE SOOOO CREATIVE. You have reinvented that shirt ten times, for sure. I love both colors too and I would have picked up two myself. ;-) Every single outfit is great bu I prefer outfit #s 1, 4, 6, 7 & 9. =)

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  30. Audrey I simply love the way you have vamped so many versatile looks with your items of clothing. Do you have a large closet with re-vamping your style choices, or have you learned to condense your clothing articles? I really love the colored pants that you have displayed in your blog, where do you shop for them. I am a woman with a small budget in which to shop with. Keep Blogging!!!

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  31. First time visitor here! I guess I found this a little late, but honestly this is amazing! I don't consider myself "style challenged" in the sense that (I believe) I've got nice pieces that compliment me and are trendy (I guess), but I don't make the most use of one item and mix and match. You've got quite a gift! Keep it up (Y)

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  32. I just stumbled across your blog- from Pinterest, I think. And I am loving it! And now I need to add "plaid shirt" to my clothing shopping list, lol. 

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