Target Real Talk Test Drive: 4 Tips to Style a Plaid Blazer

Plaid Blazer (sized up to size 4 for looser fit) // Sweater (on sale! size small - color: light heather grey) // Skinny Jeans // Suede Ankle Boots (true to size) // Chanel Bag (similar budget friendly here) // Lip Stick (shade: Aubergine) // Silver Watch 

You asked for it! According to Facebook voter feedback, you wanted to see tips for styling this plaid blazer. I was excited for the opportunity to test drive a few styles from your perspective. While a plaid blazer might not seem very versatile, the truth is it can be styled in so many great ways. Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

[Guideline: Color is key when styling plaid in any look. While you might think the multiple colors in a plaid mean you have more options for matching, it also means you run a greater risk of clashing. To play it safe, stick to neutrals, complementary jewel tones, or pull hues from the plaid pattern.]
1.     Basic: For a fail-safe combination, wear a thin, oversized blouse under your blazer with some skinny jeans and heels. You can also layer unexpected elements like a hoodie or textured sweater with this combination. Feel free to add print or texture in your layers, but keep patterns on a small scale to avoid competing with the blazer.
2.     Menswear: Embrace the menswear effect by pairing your plaid blazer with distressed boyfriend jeans, a basic tee, and boyish accessories to taste. Some ideas might include a baseball hat, boyfriend watch, and oxfords or sneakers to complete the look. Graphic tees are another way to add edgy interest without overpowering the plaid blazer. Converse sneakers are usually my go to shoe for a clean boyfriend look. 
3.     Dress up: Dresses in a feminine cut and color will provide needed contrast for a structured, plaid blazer. Better yet, adding a plaid blazer will transition a dress seamlessly into fall. Don’t worry too much about hem lines or silhouettes. A blazer can double as a way to dress up or dress down a look, depending on your outfit. This means a blazer is a perfect option to give a more casual feel to a glam, a-line dress or to add sophistication to a laid-back maxi dress. 
4.     Skirting the trend: A skirt adds a perfect feminine balance to a structured plaid blazer. To be extra daring, opt for a skirt in soft pastels or complementary-colored prints. In doing so, you force the plaid to take a backseat and act as more of a neutral.

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* Special thanks to Target for sponsoring this post. Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not indicative of Target.


  1. Love!

  2. Love the blazer! Need to go get one!

  3. Loving those boots!

  4. What a fun print!

    Liz @
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  5. Oh wow!! This outfit is a stylish bomb!! LOVE IT!

  6. So excited about this; I have been looking everywhere for an affordable plaid blazer!

    The 20-Something Project

  7. Love this blazer! I cannot believe it's from Target! Have a great weekend, Christine:)

    Heidi D.

  8. Now I've got to go out and get myself a plaid blazer, I love how you styled it!

  9. great article and amazing outfit! So in love with your plaid blazer! <3

  10. I can't believe your jacket and sweater are from Target! Don't get me wrong, I'm obsessed with Target but I'm loving these pieces and needing them now!!! Also loving your hair, you look gorgeous!


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