I have been cleaning out my closet more frequently, and I have pared my wardrobe down to some great basic pieces built around neutrals. It is so much easier to mix and match the pieces I have because everything can be worn together. Life is difficult enough; I certainly don’t need to stress because a certain top only goes with certain pants and so on and so forth. A wardrobe built around neutrals is very timeless and classic, but sometimes I find myself wanting a statement piece. A plaid jacket rescues me every time. A plaid jacket gives me a pop of color and gives any look a little extra statement without being too much.
Plaid is a classic print itself, according to Smithsonian.com plaid dates back at least 3,000 years. Plaid only replaced tartan once the patterns became popular with British and American textile manufacturers. Plaid has always been a large part of many fashion designers work. It’s a badge of rebellion and sophistication. “Tartan is so distinctive – it can be identified anywhere in the world,” says Fiona Joseph, fashion and beauty director at Condé Nast Traveller magazine. Plaid is such an identifiable and safe print, that the NY Times reported in 2001 that there was a huge rise in the number of New Yorkers wearing tartan in the months following 9/11 – simply because it was seen as a “safe” material.
I have added several plaid jackets to my wardrobe throughout the years; I still have a vintage plaid jacket from high school. Plaid jackets are easy to add to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. A good print will hide a lot of flaws in quality. Check the stitching, make sure the fabric isn’t shiny, and the buttons aren’t loose. If the buttons are loose and the rest of the jacket checks out, have them reinforced (or do it yourself if you’re handy like that). Here are several plaid jackets (many I own personally) that will be a great addition to your wardrobe for many years to come.
Get maximum wear out of your jacket by styling it in multiple ways. Add a belt to your blazer. If your blazer came with a belt, replace it with a leather belt or scarf. Add a plaid scarf to your plaid blazer and mix your prints, keep the plaids in the same color family (like I did with these stripes) and they will work together. Or use the same plaids in contrasting colors to make a really bold statement. Scrunch up the sleeves on a blazer and keep them in place by using these. No one will see them, and you won’t be pushing up your sleeves all day. Try tying the belt of your coat (if it came with one). If your coat didn’t come with a belt of its own, add a leather belt. Or cinch the waist of an oversized coat with a belt. Throwing a plaid jacket over a plain top to dress it up a little (as I did here in this post) is the quickest way to take a simple look up a notch.
Do you have any plaid jackets? Tell me your favorite ways to style them in the comments.