For fall 2011, plaid is making a comeback, which means that it has never been a better time to review a few basic tips for wearing plaid in the fall. From short to long to pleated to slimline to muted to bright, plaid is everywhere, and adding a plaid skirt, top, scarf, or accessory can add zip, style, and variety to your fall wardrobe. Learn from style experts how to approach adding plaid to your fall wardrobe, and then be sure to add a bit of unique style that is all you! Try out these tips and choose the ones that work well for you.
Less is More
When adding plaid to your fall wardrobe, the rule of thumb is that less is more. Selecting one piece of plaid, such as a skirt, shirt, scarf, or headband, adds a bit of fun and color to your ensemble. Mixing and matching plaid pieces or attempting to build an entire wardrobe ensemble out of plaid tends to have the opposite visual effect, making your outfit look overzealous and overdone. For best effect, select one piece and build the rest of your ensemble around it.
Accent the Dark
When building an ensemble around a plaid piece, choose other wardrobe elements to complement the darkest color in the plaid material. So if the darkest color is a rich brown, select shirt and shoes in that same brown color.
Plaid offers endless options for accessorizing. From button-down sweaters to turtlenecks to slim or wide belts, the key with plaid is to have some fun with it. Fall plaid wardrobes are a perfect blend of comfort, style, and warmth, and can pair equally well with boots and heels, blazers and tanks. Adding fun and flirty accents like bangle bracelets and stackable necklaces blend plaid with trendy chic.