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?  😀

(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.  😀 )

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.)

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  • Reply
    anne
    September 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    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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    Ooitsmagic23
    September 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

     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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    Jenn
    September 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    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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    Jane Squared
    September 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

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

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    Lynn
    September 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    You are such a inspiration… I will most definitely be trying these looks!!!! ~I have to go shopping for a plaid shirt!!!! 😀

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    CCs_Cheap_Chic
    September 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    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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    Leigh (Thedayleigh)
    September 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Very cute! Love them all!

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    lifefoodseattle
    September 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    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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    Anikasmom
    September 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    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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    Jess
    September 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    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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    jodi
    September 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    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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    Sarah
    September 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    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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    heidi
    September 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm

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

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    Lydia Marie
    September 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

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

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    Lilly
    September 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    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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    Linda Z
    September 21, 2011 at 12:49 am

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

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    Nicolette Springer
    September 21, 2011 at 1:13 am

    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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    Lindsey @ The Savvy Speechie
    September 21, 2011 at 2:19 am

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

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    melissa
    September 21, 2011 at 4:02 am

    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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    Van @ The Clothes We Wear
    September 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

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

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    ShenDove
    September 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    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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    lori
    September 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    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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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    That's my fave look too!  🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    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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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

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

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    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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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    You are too sweet, Melissa!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    September 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Lori!  Glad to have ya.  🙂

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    Kemi Sorinmade
    September 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    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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    Sarah Kay
    December 28, 2011 at 11:06 am

    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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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    December 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I'm so glad to hear that, Sarah!

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    snflynn86
    January 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    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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    Ada Furxhi
    April 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    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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    Lanaee69
    June 19, 2012 at 2:06 am

    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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    Brittany
    August 3, 2012 at 2:52 am

    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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    Mari Kocjancic
    August 13, 2012 at 3:06 am

    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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