How to Style Checks and Plaids Fabric for Dress Up
Quote of the day: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy
This quote spoke to me because if you’re anything like I am, you think of checks and plaid material as something casual. Yet, in this day and age of having fun with style, I think it’s not too hard to give it some pizzazz. You know, the kind of pizzazz that will take it from jeans to something a little more fancy.
So that was the idea behind this post. Challenge ourselves to take our buffalo plaid pieces and create an outfit we would wear to a holiday event. Don’t forget to see how we mixed different prints with another example of buffalo print.
Our buffalo plaid items may not be the same ones you have in your closet, yet you could create the same kinds of outfits using our ideas.
So join us as we give you some thoughts on taking your checks and plaids fabric pieces and making them perfect for your evening out. And if you’re interested in where we were for these photos, you can read more about it below.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit
Dress: Bella Dahl-thrifted (similar here)~~Vest: Miss Me-thrifted (similar here)~~Boots: ShoeMint (similar here)~~Necklace: Alison & Aubrey (here)~~Earrings: Happiness Boutique c/o (similar here)~~Purse: vintage (similar here)
Why I Wore This Outfit
This dress was a great deal from another blogger’s sale. It was only $5, and even though it’s not fitted or extremely flattering, I think it’s still a great addition to my closet. I wore it with bare legs earlier this year for our Thrifted Chic Style Challenge on Instagram.
The idea to add the fur vest is because I am still head over heels about them. I think I have 3 of them, and I’d get another one in a second.
How You Could Change This Outfit
If you’d feel more comfortable with a black vest with your red and black plaid, then there are many vests that would fit that bill. Take for example this drape front vest. Or you could easily add a black fur vest too. The only reason I don’t have a black fur vest is because black is not a great color on me. So I wanted the brown nearer my face.
I always think that the sparkle necklace could do the trick by itself. I recently purchased this one from Alison & Aubrey because my original one had broken. I have worn this sparkle kind of statement necklace with everything from a chambray shirt to a nice dress. It’s that versatile at least in my wardrobe. And Alison & Aubrey are a mother/daughter team which just floats my boat.
Nancy’s (70+) Outfit
Tunic: Beach Lunch Lounge (similar here)~~Leggings: Cold Water Creek (similar here)~~Turtleneck: Daisy Fuentes (similar here)~~Boots: Kellie & Katie (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Purse: Cammiehill-thrifted (similar here or as a clutch)
Why Nancy Wore This Outfit
I asked Nancy to wear her buffalo plaid tunic with pearls for an instant fancier look. I feel like this is the exact kind of outfit that just changing out the accessories can make it go from casual to dress up.
How You Could Change This Outfit
If you would rather have a tunic without the ruffles, then there are other plaid tunics that would work for both casual and dressy this way. This one could also be worn as a jacket if you didn’t button it up the front. Or this one is an interesting combination of plaid and solid.
This ruffle purse is one of Nancy’s favorite that she bought recently from a thrift store. I love it with this tunic because both the tunic and purse have the same ruffle theme. If you’re someone who considers buffalo plaid to be a bit masculine, then this detail really adds some feminine touch to it.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit
Skirt: My mom made it (similar here)~~Top: Chaus (similar here)~~Boots: Jambu c/o (similar here)~~Scarf: Mom made it (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: thrifted (similar here)
Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit
My mom’s checks and plaids fabric piece is her scarf. Since it’s a woven material, it doesn’t seem as dressy so I asked her to wear it in a more unique way rather than around her neck like we usually do.
So she tied it around her waist over her leather skirt. We all wore our leather skirts recently to showcase that any age woman can pull them off. And tying your scarf this way, is a fun way to break up two solids without cutting you in half like a belt can.
How You Could Change This Outfit
This trick of wearing your bigger scarf like a sarong would be wonderful with your little black dress. Especially if your dress seems a tad tight in the midsection after Thanksgiving. Or maybe you just want to add some color to your sheath dress.
My mom made this scarf from leftover fabric of a long skirt she made back in the 1970’s. Talk about a fabric that comes around almost every year. She added red fringe on one side and then black fringe on the opposite side which you can see a little where it’s tied in the front.
Those earrings were a souvenir from our trip to see the Dior exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. I would have bought a pair too, but they only had a black pair remaining. However, I did find a very similar pair on Etsy if you’re interested.
Tips & Tricks
I know I think of buffalo plaid as a casual element. Even so, with the right additions to it, it can certainly look more dressy.
Consider your accessories as one element to dress it up. For example pearls and sparkle go a long way to make anything look a little more fancy.
Even if your checks and plaids fabric is in the form of a top, just adding it to a black skirt or over a black dress could take it to a nice occasion.
Today’s photos were taken at the Lakewood Cultural Center where we went to see Timothy P and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers. The four of us always enjoy getting into the holiday spirit with music. We usually go to Nancy’s church for their Figgy Pudding Party; however this year it wasn’t scheduled.
None of us had heard of this bluegrass/country band; however, it was such an enjoyable time. The members of the band were so friendly and even talked to us as they exited the show. We heard some songs we had never heard before, and just loved it.
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