How to Wear Plaid this Winter

Plaid and winter are two things that go hand in hand and make winter fashion so much more enjoyable. Just take Cher and Dionne’s iconic plaid look for example - it's a print that is reinvented every decade and always finds a way to show up every year in new styles. Year after year, plaid sneaks its way into our hearts and closets. But styling those checks, gingham, and plaids can get tricky - you don't want to look like a farmer, right?

In order to style plaid, it's important to first understand all the different types of plaid that are out there. There’s gingham and check plaid, which is a classic two-tone style. windowpane and grid check, buffalo plaid, glen check, and houndstooth, and tartan. The list can honestly get overwhelming. You can never have enough types of plaid in the winter, but if you are just getting started with plaid in your closet, you can just pick one type of plaid and use it as an accent for your outfit. 

Another thing to keep in mind is to remember what kind of style you trying to achieve. If you are going for a sophisticated look, we recommend a plaid blazer or blouse. Chic and relaxed? You can’t go wrong with an oversized flannel or shacket. What about cute and trendy? Plaid pants are a must! That’s why we all love plaid, it can be so versatile and fill all the holes in your closet this winter.


As we said, plaid can be so versatile. So versatile in fact, that it can act as a neutral and pair with other patterns or plaids (much like leopard print - which can also act as a neutral!) If you’re feeling bold and daring, pair an oversized plaid with a grid check or even a different pattern completely. Plaid is so fun to experiment with and an easy way to spruce up any outfit. 

Plaid Pieces You Need this Winter:

A plaid coat or shacket is a must-have and it’s such an easy way to incorporate a fun plaid into your outfit. Pull out all your basics and top it with a plaid coat and you’re ready to go. The simplicity of your basics will really make the plaid pop and make a statement. 

Plaid pants are so on trend this year and we have some of the cutest ones with more on their way. The fun part of this trend is that they can help you accomplish any style you are going. Looking for a more relaxed style? Pair it with a graphic tee. Need something more spruced up go for a top with a swiss dot texture or sweater. Plaid pants make for the easiest outfits! 

Lastly, you need a plaid piece that makes a statement. Something polished and sophisticated that you can throw on and go and it effortlessly looks amazing. We suggest a top like the one below - something with a flattering shape and exaggerated sleeves. You need a plaid piece that never lets you down - and that can be layered with a chic cardigan or solid blazer in the winter!

Whatever way you choose to rock plaid this winter, know that MSC has your back! We have a wide variety of plaid patterns, styles, and outwear to choose from and are happy to help you style your pieces in whatever way you feel your best in!