My godmother inspired my love for great plaid

Alaskan fashion blogger donning a plaid skirt

A too big tartan pleat skirt got it started

My love for tartan goes back to my childhood. My Great-aunt and Godmother “Tante Berta” gave me a great green tartan pleat skirt that I wore all time in winter in kindergarten to second grade. She was of the Great War generation and always bought clothing for children too big so the child could “grow into” it as she would say. Thus, this skirt was first a little (way) too large.

Therefore, my mother had taken a pleat in on the left and right side of the skirt. Later when this was too tight, she let one out and then again later she let out the other. I loved that skirt especially with a white turtleneck. I remember that for a school photo I wore this skirt with the white turtleneck and my mother was later upset that she had to pay for a portrait of mine that was black and white as she said. Since then how I wear my plaid has changed a lot.

Wrap tartan with big safety pin

Once I had grown out of the skirt I wanted a new one. It was not before fourth grade that this happened. My second tartan skirt was actually more authentic because it actually was a wrap skirt. It was closed by a big safety pin, two leather buckle closures and a hidden button at the waist band. The skirt was winter white wool, and the tartan pattern was made up of red, hunter-green, blue and yellow with some black. I used to wear it with red, black, green or blue turtleneck sweaters, winter white tights and Mary Janes or lace loafers. At that time, I was not allowed to wear heels yet. Anyhow, I learned early that there are many ways how to look your best in plaid.

mature woman wearing mixed patterns in a work outfit
GNW leopard print cardigan over Vintage Silk silk floral top with plaid skirt, GNW tights, Steve Madden Mary Janes, and Kate Moss for Longchamp bag (all own)

Further plaid skirt replacements

The brown skirt in the photo above was the third tartan skirt I owned. I loved it so much that I bought a similar in fuchsia with purple. It has a bias cut with slight A-shape. The fifth plaid skirt was similar to the second, but just in winter white, blue and black weave. I got it in Fairbanks when there was still an Eddie Bauer in town. 🙁

The photos below show one of my current pieces in the classic Burberry pattern in pink styled for the office.

over 50 years old fashion blogger in mixed print look

midlife blogger in tartan knee length skirt, striped Tee, pink pumps and bag

woman walking in tartan A-line skirt, bomber leather jacket and sweater

street style blogger Nicole in aviator jacket, pink skirt, heels, black and white top

style book author wearing tartan, stripes leather and pink in one business casual outfit
Outfit details: Moda International bomber jacket, Burberry plaid skirt, 3.1 Philip Lim phasli, pantyhose, Cartier just un clou, Hermes collier de chien bangle, black pearl necklace (all own), wooden sunglasses c/o Winkwood, striped top c/o Coolibar and Ivanka Trump pumps c/o Wikibuy

Plaid blazer and mixing prints and patterns

As the photos above illustrate the multiple color fabric works also well with stripes and even with floral and leopard. There is no reason to limit yourself to the Scottish way to wear the fabric. Try a to style a plaid dress for the holiday work party, or wear a checkered sheath, blazer, coat or even boots. The options are nearly endless.

In the outfit below, for example, I wore my Burberry wool blazer for the commute. Thus, two tartans at once. Underneath the blazer I wore a floral silk top and a leopard printed cotton cardigan as seen in the photo above. To ground the pattern and prints I added black tights and shoes. The black picks up the black in all three other pieces and grounds the mixing of print and patterns. The wild combination of patterns and prints works as they are all in the same color family and have different size.

midlife woman wearing a work outfit with two types of plaid
Burberry plaid blazer over bias A-line plaid skirt with sheer scarf, GNW tight, Steve Madden Mary Janes, gloves and Kate Moss for Longchamp bag (all own)

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Which weave works when?

This classic color weave comes in various sizes and hence has different vibes and matches with different personal styles. Thus, it is a great thing for everyone, yearround and an eternal classic. In spring, gingham looks fresh and season appropriate. In summer, a flanel plaid shirt knotted around the waist is a perfect stylish coverup when dressing an outdoor concert. In the cold season, a tartran blazer or skirt are great business casual style.

style blogger posing in the darkness in plaid pants in fall GNW Luxe top, Kieselstein Cord belt, Hermes buckle, Pendleton wide Glen check trousers, Antonio Melani booties, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and statement necklace (all own)female science professor in fake skirt suit with leopard print tights and heels Tahari glen check blazer, Harley Davidson booties, Modalu Pippa tote, updo with barrette, leopard tight, and Aires skirt (all own)

older woman standing at the Chena in white jeans and gingham shirt London Jean white denim boyfriend jeans, Hermes collier de chien leather wrap and bangle, hair jewelry, Modalo Pippa bag,  Madonna True or Dare floral patent leather pumps, and gingham shirt c/o Whistle River

Nicole of High Latitude Style wearing a plaid cape in winter Cape worn over a Vittura shearling coat, Hipstik tights, Vince Camuto suede boots, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, hat and 3.1 Philip Lim tote (all own)over 50 years old fashion blogger in plaid sheath dress Ruby Belle sheath dress, GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater, GNW tights and Antonio Melani booties (all own) and DIY brooch worn on the waist

Alaskan fashion blogger donning a mixed pattern look Pendleton wool pleated skirt, L.K. Bennett boots, Kieselstein Cord belt and three horses buckle (all own) and blouse c/o Ethyl Clothing

 

When buying the classic flanel shirts make sure that it can’t be mistaken as the top of your PJs. In general, take a careful look at any type of checkered clothing  to not look cheap in plaid.

When you like these plaid outfit ideas, please pin them to your Pinterest board so your friends and family can see them too.

Do you buy a type of clothes over and over again? What is it? Do you mix prints and patterns? Just curious, whether it’s just me. LOL.

Stylish Monday – Mad for plaid

Given the versatility of this phantastic weave, my style blogging friends and I chose to feature it in this month’s Stylish Monday collaboration.

Stylish Monday hostesses Suzanne, Robin, Nicole, Michele, Andy, Julie, Nancy, Nina, Cindy and Emma
Join Suzanne, Robin, Michele, Andy, Julie, Nancy, Nina, Cindy, Emma and me at the Stylish Monday Linkup party and show us how you wear your plaid. Also see how they style theirs.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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