For Part 3 of our series Target gives you lots of options to show some personality with Plaid. If you are feeling girly, edgy, or comfy there is something for everyday of the week!
Remember the tips from Part One when adding any trend to your wardrobe. Pick 1-3 pieces to pair with what you already have, and always focus on fit first. And, choose where to place your prints and patterns based on what area of your body you want emphasized.
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Dresses-Take this trend from the office through your weekend.
I kept the looks below fairly streamlined to leave the dress as the overall star of the outfit.
The first look is a cozy shirt dress in a plaid pattern that keeps you casual. The pocket detail works great on a smaller bust to draw the eye up. Wear the belt low on your waist like the model if you want to balance a narrow hip with your shoulders.
The second look easily goes from work to dinner. The coordinating belt nips in your waist causing the skirt of the dress to float away from your hips. This creates an hour glass shape on most figures.
The third look gives you some creativity in pattern mixing. This style of shift dress is best suited for a straighter figure or if you have larger hips & thighs. The elbow sleeve is wonderful to give you upper arm coverage, but still break up the window pane pattern.
How to Style the Tartan Plaid Shirtdress:
Look #1 Pairing this with the cozy cable sweater will add texture to this look. This will work if you have a narrow shoulder and need to add emphasis to your top half. Wearing the cognac riding boot adds to the casual effect. For most women wear the skinny belt at the narrowest part of your waist to appear thinner.
How to Style the Abstract Plaid A Line dress:
Look #2 The subtle high-low hem of this dress gives you a little extra coverage in the back while the rounded edge of the front should slim your thigh by cutting right along the widest part. Pairing the black ankle boot with opaque black tights to create an even longer leaner leg line.
How to Style the Window Pane Shift dress:
Look #3 The column shape of this dress gives you a conservative shape, so by pairing in the tuxedo vest you give it personality. The statement necklace and leopard print shoe give you interest but don't overwhelm because of the distance between the two.
Tops-Neutrals with Pattern Paired with Color add Interest.
All three of the plaid tops give you major style cred when worn with color. Treat these three pieces as neutral patterns. Meaning pair them with any color and they will work. They also work with complimentary patterns in smaller sizes i. e. polka dots and florals.
The first sweater when paired with the skirt draws your eye upward and balances the volume of the skirt. The midi length of this skirt works best if you are 5'7" or taller or worn with a heel.
The sweater dress should be belted so that it lays close to the body. This look is best if you want to add volume at your hips and thighs to balance a wider shoulder.
The window pane blouse is light and airy and should be worn tucked into the structured A line Mini. The shape of the skirt will camoflauge a wider hip because it pull away from your body.
How to Style the Graphic Plaid Sweater:
Look #1 Wearing a statement necklace adds to the drama of this look for evening. The strappy pointed toe pump elongates your leg line. If a midi length skirt overwhelms your height go for the same style, but in a length that hits just above your knee. Tuck the sweater in so that the waistband of the skirt hits at your most narrow part of your waist.
How to Style the Block Plaid Layering Sweater:
Look #2 Pairing the cranberry sweater dress gives depth and interest to this look. The pointed toe wedge boot creates a linear look to the leg to camoflauge a wider calf when worn with opague black tights.
How to Style the Window Pane Blouse:
Look #3 Show you are not afraid of color and pattern mixing with this look. Both the handbag and skirt add structure to this look. While the edginess of the boot and femininity of the blouse compliment each other.
Subtle Plaid in a Jacket or Pant to Polish for work or Give you Edge for evening
A blazer always has the ability to be just the finishing touch you need. And this one in a classic plaid pattern is on-trend. This piece is truly versatile, and would be one of many of Target's options that could become a staple in your closet for a few years.
The tartan in the jegging is subtle enough to make this pant a neutral. There is a sheen to this fabric which will draw emphasis to your hips and thighs in these pants. This is great for ladies who want to balance your shoulders with narrow hips, but not for those who want to slim this area.
How to Style the Classic Blazer:
Look #1 This Jacket could become boring if paired strictly with neutrals. This kelly green shell with a detailed pattern brightens the look. Both shoe options give you an elongated leg with a pointed toe. The deep red of the pump and the federal navy of the skirt act as neutrals, but give depth and softness to the outfit.
How to Style the Plaid Jegging:
Look #2 Add volume to your top half with the V-neck blouse to balance the emphasis of the sheen of the jegging. To make this look more casual pair the chucky knit sweater and pointed toe animal print or make it work for evening in the black mule.
Hope you have enjoyed Part Three of Add Plaid this Fall-Target Edition!
If you missed them check out Parts One & Two for more Styled Tips!
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