How to style a plaid shirt

Snow dazed!

If you’re reading this post that probably means you’re on my blog website. I also hope it means you’ve read a bit about me on my bio page. If so, you know I was born and raised in northeastern China. Among other things that means cold nasty winters! I remember sitting in my grade school classroom and not being able to feel the pencil in my fingers. So when I got of age, I figured that enough was enough and moved to Shanghai. Although not what you would call the Deep South, but it’s generally much warmer there than my hometown. I got used to the steamy summers and loved the mild winters. I gave away my snow boots and winter coats and got used to being able to wear skirts and dresses year round. Then I met my future husband. Like many Americans working in China he was in Shanghai for his job in the automotive industry. And in America that means Detroit, the Motor City. So when I moved to America I went right back to those long dark cold winters I thought I was finished with! Oh well, the things you do for love! But it’s not all bad news. On my blog you will see outfits that you can actually wear if you aren’t one of those lucky folks who have to worry about coconuts falling on their heads. This week’s posts will feature outerwear that you can go out to wear and still look stylish. Stay warm!

How to style a plaid shirt
How to style a plaid shirt

If you’ve been paying attention you will have learned about my on and off and on love with the classic plaid button down shirt. I’ve forgiven their stodgy former appearance and they, in turn, have gotten much more fitted and cool. Especially this time of year I like how they look when layered with a sweater and coat or jacket. This particular shirt has a burgundy base color so that was my foundation. When starting with a plaid pattern you usually have a few colors that you can build from but the rich burgundy is always one of my go to anchor shades because it can blend with so many others.

Black felt hat
Black felt hat

I used the shirt to cover a slightly redder wine colored sweater. I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit clean and smooth so my always ready to chill leather skinnies got tasked with keeping my legs warm and stylish. To make sure the cold stays out where it’s supposed to, my leather and leopard print booties and winter white faux fur jacket did their job. A hat in the Michigan winter not only makes sense but it also makes an on trend fashion statement. My black wool hat features some colorful feathers at the band that play off the shirt, sweater and booties and pull this outfit together nicely. The black leather quilted bag adds a bit of sophisticated shine with the double row metal chain strap and dangles. Even in winter the sun shines so I like to see through and be seen with my cool white sunnies. I never like to be all casual or all formal so really love the just right balance from this look.

Plaid shirt
Plaid shirt
Fendi white sunglasses
Fendi white sunglasses
White faux fur jacket
White faux fur jacket
DKNY black purse
DKNY black purse
Black leather pants
Black leather pants
leopard booties
leopard booties

Hat @Saks 5th Avenue
Faux Fur Jacket Vintage Consignment Store Score!
Plaid shirt, Leather Skinnies & Leather and Leopard Booties @Nordstrom Rack
Wine sweater @BCBG
Purse @DKNY
Sunnies @Fendi
Cheers!
Grace

It's only fair to share...Share on Google+Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

How to style around a hot pink purse

Resigned to consign!

When I look around my walk in closet even I have to admit that I have a lot of clothes. Never too many but a lot! When I want to make a bit of room for another must have piece I often choose a few items that I’ve fallen out of love with a bit. Maybe they weren’t quite as flattering as I once thought. Maybe they somehow shrunk while on the hanger and are a bit tighter than they used to be when I first bought them! Anyway, my first choice is to take them to a local consignment or resale boutique. At least I might walk away with a little jingle in my pocket. Of course while they are going through your former treasures you have a bit of time to look at what other people have parted with. Every once in a while I use my payout to nab an interesting piece. If I still have a few coins left over it almost seems like they’re paying me to shop! Now that’s the job I’ve been training for my whole life!

Bebe hot pink fringed leather bag
Bebe hot pink fringed leather bag

Surprise! I love colors! Oh, I guess you already knew that. Darned ColorAndGrace blog name always spoils the shock factor. But sometimes even I have occasional difficulty to decide which color goes with what. When that happens, one trick I have is to take a deep breath and look around. I usually try to get inspiration from what’s in front of my own eyes. It may be my room décor, my garden, my closet or a magazine spread. When I spy something that makes my eyes happy I know I have my inspiration and have what I need to build my outfit on. Once the color palette is decided the rest of the look usually falls into place.

Grey jacket
Grey jacket

For today’s outfit I started with the hot pink fringed leather bag that almost jumped off the shelf in my closet. I found this bag at the consignment store when I was outing some old to make room for some new. I love bold rich colors but when you get into the neon range such as hot pink it can be difficult to use. I want to make sure I still look mature and not too sweet. After all, when you see pink it’s hard to not think of bubble gum and cotton candy. So to get me back to the grown up side of the scale I paired it with a short grey wool jacket. The base is clean and crisp white with some cool white skinnies featuring blingy leg zippers that segued nicely into the metal buckles on my strappy tan suede and leather booties. Brown leather gloves echo the bootie color and keep the metal trim on the fluorescent pink bag fingerprint free! I capped it all off with my very cool jeweled ballcap. The whole look keeps the pink of the bag from getting too loud and gives a sophisticated elegant vibe. I’m thinking that whoever got rid of that purse is wishing it back now!

Loft white skinny jeans
Loft white skinny jeans

Hat @Saks 5th Avenue
Coat @ Lord & Taylor
Gloves @TJ Maxx
Purse @Bebe
Pants @Loft
Booties @Nordstrom Rack
Cheers!
Grace

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
It's only fair to share...Share on Google+Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

Over 40s Petite fashion and life style blogger