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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)

After reading this post, you can come up with multiple outfit ideas for styling a plaid blazer with pieces from your wardrobe.


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A Well-Cut Plaid or Tartan Blazer is Perfect for a Work Outfit

Tartan is a classic pattern. Many fashion lovers associate plaid with the signature pattern of Burberry. A blazer in a plaid weave can be a timeless workhorse of a business casual work wardrobe. It’s a perfect pairing with jeans for Casual Friday outfits.

I saw a similar tartan blazer on TV – I think it was one part of the Castle series. I fell in love how great a Burberry blazer looked. Prior to this show, I always associated circus and clowns with tartan jackets. Obviously, tartan works well for a business casual style 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. 😉



Styling a Burberry Plaid Blazer Work Appropriate

A great advantage of a plaid blazer are the many colors of the pattern. They permit tying the colors of an outfit together. Think of them as the designer’s cheat sheet  or recipe how to create a well balanced color combination. More on color blocking formulas for effortless style.

In the example above, the jacket’s colors served to pick the other pieces. See the stripes in red and burgundy in the pattern of the blazer? Therefore, adding pumps and a sweater in burgundy, a red skirt, and red tights makes a great Business Casual Style outfit. The Gucci belt and linen shirt pick up the dark brown and olive stripes of the blazer, respectively. More on wearing a great look with more than 3 colors.


over 50 years old influencer styling a plaid blazer in a business casual work outfit
Steve Madden pumps, GNW tight, LV bucket bag, G-III suede skirt, Oliveo shirt, Landsend sweater, smoky quartz necklace, Gucci belt, and Burberry plaid blazer


The outfit inspiration below demonstrates that reusing the concept of “using the colors in the fabric” will not lead to a cookie-cutter style or look like being in a style rut.


mature woman styling a plaid blazer for going out in a resaurtant on a cold day
This look picks up the dark brown and muted pink of the weave.


fashion book author over 50 in sheath with sweater
The look still has to work when taking the blazer off. The scarf serves to guarantee this. More on wearing pink and brown together.


blogger in Easter going out for lunch outfit
Burberry blazer worn over Elli Tahari leather sheath, LV silk scarf, GNW tights, GNW Luxe sweater, Antonio Maneli booties, YSL bag, and LeatherCoatsEtc pea coat and gloves.


The red in the scarf permits wearing the coat open without clashing colors. More on how to look sophisticated in plaid clothing.


Styling a Plaid Blazer with a Knit Dress

The plaid blazer outfit idea below applies the same basic concept explained above.


fashion influencer over 50 in a brown knit dress and chocolate tights and booties
Barbour cable-knit dress with GNW tights, Antonio Maneli booties, accessorized with pendant necklace and Hermes bangles


over 50 years old woman in mini knit dress with plaid blazer
Barbour cable-knit dress with Burberry plaid blazer, Gucci belt, GNW tights, and Antonio Maneli booties


stylish arm candies
Zoom-in on arm candies. Left most three Hermes enamel bangles, right family heirloom


fashionover50 Alaska spring look
Barbour cable-knit dress with Burberry plaid blazer, Gucci belt, GNW tights, Chanel bag, boxy leather coat, and Antonio Maneli booties



Further Options to Style a Plaid Blazer

Try to wear your tartan blazer with other patterns or even with prints.  For inspirations and how-tos see, for instance:


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