How to Wear Plaid Pants

Hiya, mamas! When I think of plaid, I think preppy, conservative, even stiff. Having grown up in New England, plaid has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. One of my first skirts was a Tartan kilt complete with large silver pin. You get the picture!

Plaid Pants OutfitHow to Wear Plaid Pants

I’m lucky to have a super fashionable friend who shares her finds! Tamela Greathouse Greene – a long-time bestie and founder of a design company ATStudios – often throws me and our pal, Julia, such great fashion coups! When we went for our annual Christmas lunch last December, Tamela modeled the pants you see here. When they went on sale, I grabbed them. Julia then bought the Zara dress I wore to the same lunch. Can you tell we are the closest of friends?
plaid pants outfit
plaid pants fashion
Ok so back to the plaid. You have to get serious when it comes to how to wear plaid pants! Meaning, plaid pants stand on their own. Keep the rest super simple and let the plaid dominate. Throw in a bright color or another pattern and you risk looking clown-like. Not our goal, mamas!

What to Wear Plaid Pants With

So now you’re asking what to wear plaid pants with? Consider a simple white blouse, a black sweater, crew or turtleneck. Keep it clean and elegant. I would avoid ruffles or buttoned cardigans. Balance the preppy out.
plaid pants winter outfit
what to wear plaid pants with

Tell me how you wear plaid and enter our giveaway for a $50 Jcrew gift card!

Happy shopping!



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  • EBT

    I love J Crew. Thanks! Really I barely see the plaid

  • evamack

    There are back again…

  • Abigail Gibson

    Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  • cynthiac

    I haven’t worn plaid for a while. I like the look, though.

  • ToniAnn Sprouse

    I am loving plaids this year!!

  • Antoinette M

    I don’t wear plaid, but I do own a plaid scarf. 🙂

  • debbie wilson

    I Love Plaid But Don’t If Plaid Would Flatter My Body Shape !!!!

  • Tammy Iler

    Thanks for the chance

  • Christina G.

    I haven’t worn plaid pants since I was about seven, lol. They look good on you! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • MintaBoggs

    I love plaid as long as it doesn’t remind me of a tablecloth

  • Katherine Gray

    Love Plaid!

  • Natalie

    These are great tips! I don’t see a lot of people wearing plaid in MN, at least pants 🙂

  • Great tips, but I need to lose weight firstly. Thanks for such great giveaway.

  • slehan

    I can’t see the plaid in these pictures? I don’t have any plaid.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  • shannon

    I really like these. J crew has such great pieces. I love hints of plaid. I also love plaid skirts. Ive never tried pants though.

  • Sandy Klocinski

    Awesome pants! I don’t have any plaids. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  • Seyma Shabbir

    I don’t think I have ever shopped J crew. I will definitely take a look at the store. Love the pants!

  • Nancy

    Plaid pants look great paired with a black top, a coordinating scarf, and some cute flats.

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    I haven’t had plaid pants since I was little! They look nice.

  • Kelly M.

    I don’t like plaid but that looks so good!

  • B.J. Bernal

    I love plaid!

  • Happi Shopr

    I would pair them with a white button up.