A couple of years ago one of my top posts on Pinterest was a dressed up plaid look. (Shameless plug: if you’re not following me on Pinterest, you should be!)
Fast forward to now, and I found this beautiful plaid top that gave me the idea to revisit that post with a 2019 version of how to dress up a plaid shirt. So, without further ado, here are the details of today’s look.
As always, you can shop the pieces in this look at the very bottom of this post.
The Plaid Top
This sheer tartan plaid top is the perfect piece for now, but given its festive colors, you can wear it straight through the holiday season. I love the attached sash; wear it like I am as a loose and effortless bow, or leave it open for an easy draped effect with a couple of undone buttons.
Usually plaid shirts come in heavy cotton or flannel, so this sheer number is a nice, dressy alternative. (It would look totally cute with black velvet pants like these if you’ve got a holiday party on the way and don’t want to wear a dress.)
You can wear it untucked, but I always love a good tucked-in shirt with high rise jeans, so I went for that for this look. FYI, I’m wearing a medium because I wanted to be comfortable in the chest area and shoulders, but I think I could have gotten away with a small.
Since this top is sheer silk, I wore a black simple camisole under it. I like these $12 ones from Nordstrom. They come in black, white, and tan and are great under sheer shirts like this one, but also perfect as a little extra layer as the temperatures start to dip.
I have a love-hate relationship with Levi’s because their sizing seems to be all over the place, particularly with their non-stretch styles. But this pair seemed to work for me! These contain 1% elastane, so you get the look of an old-school cotton jean with a little more comfort. Usually I’m a size 26 but I did have to take a 27, so I recommend going up one size.
I love the gray shade here; it’s dark enough to replace all of your black denim looks, but a bit softer and less harsh. I’m super into gray jeans this season so hoping to get another pair, maybe in a skinnier style.
In the spirit up dressed up plaid, I went with some pointed toe heeled ankle booties (under $150!) and added a touch of holiday metallic with my purse. It’s just festive enough without screaming, “I’M READY FOR CHRISTMAS!”