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How to look great in a plaid blazer at work

Fashion over 50 woman in plaid blazer and red suede skirt
Steve Madden ankle strap patent leather pumps, GNW tights, Burberry plaid blazer, Gucci belt, LV bucket bag, G-III skirt, statement necklace, Oliveo button down shirt and Landsend sweater (all own)

A well cut plaid or tartan blazer is perfect for a work outfit

In the outfit presented today, there are two Burberry items: The tartan blazer and the motorcycle coat that I wore as outerwear (see last photo in this post). I saw a similar tartan blazer on TV – I think it was one part of the Castle series. I fell in love how great that Burberry blazer looked. Prior to this show, I always associated circus and clowns with tartan jackets. Obviously, tartan works well for a work blazer when it is well cut, fitted, and has non-crayon colors. Ok, ok, the tartan of the clown is his work uniform too, but on purpose ugly and funny. 😉

#fashionover40 woman in plaid blazer business casual work outfit
Steve Madden ankle strap pumps, GNW tight, LV bucket bag, G-III suede skirt, Oliveo shirt, Landsend sweater, statement necklace, Gucci belt, and Burberry plaid blazer (all own)

Styling a plaid blazer work appropriately

Since there are some stripes in red and burgundy in the tartan pattern, I added my burgundy cashmere sweater, red suede skirt, and red tights plus burgundy patent leather ankle strap pumps for my work outfit. The Gucci belt picks up the dark brown stripes in the blazer. The linen blouse matches the olive stripes of the blazer. See the links how I styled the respective items in a different way.

In winter switch shoes at the office for best style

The outer outfit drops the patent leather pumps as they are unsuitable for snowy parking lots. Thus, they are carried to the office in the bucket bag. Instead, I wear brown booties for the commute. I like their interesting Louis XVI style heels.

fashion over 40 woman in styled outerwear
Clark booties, GNW tight, Burberry motorcycle coat, LV bucket bag, floral oblong scarf, red gloves (similar gloves here) and headband (all own)

Pull the outerwear outfit together

To keep my ears warm I added the headband. It picks up the light brown of the bag’s LV monograms. Red gloves and the scarf’s red base color match with the tights. The scarf also picks up the olive of the motorcycle coat and the browns of the headband. The colors are not exactly the same, but close enough in tone and far enough away from each other to make it work.

How do you style your plaid blazer? What are your styling challenges? Let me know about them so I can help you and address them in a post. Just drop me an email and nobody but us knows that you asked, but everybody wows you for your great style. 😉

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Photos: G. Kramm

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