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August 21, 2014

Plaids: Casual Style Made just for Us Ladies

Plaid is often synonymous with a comfy, flannel shirt, right? And, don’t get us wrong. We love one of those – especially with the anticipation of fall just around the corner. But there’s so much more than that! A cozy sweater, oversized shirt, even patterned pants all make for great options that can still look pulled together and easy for a casual day of, well, anything. This is not about looking sloppy, or like you borrowed a shirt from your husband or brother. It’s about stylish, yet classic style that’s all ours.
If you missed out on plaids, windowpanes, and houndstooth for work or for after 5, be sure to check them out in our Fashion Finds, and tell us what you think in the comments section below and on social media. See you next week.
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Weekend Max Mara - Berbice Windowpane Belted Sweater
Berbice Windowpane Belted Sweater
Weekend Max Mara
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Oh, the luxury! And comfort! This kimono-style cardigan from Weekend Max Mara is contemporary in fit, but easy in style. If you are having a casual day, all you need to do is add this gorgeous Italian wool windowpane sweater to your outfit – whether it’s a tee with jeans or leggings, or a pair of ponte pants for a casual workday. You will instantly be the best-dressed person in the office…or grocery store…or pancake house. This will be an investment you will see immediate returns on.

http://www.theory.com/dreamerly-harmonious-pullover/E0711713,default,pd.html Theory - Dreamerly Pullover
Theory - Dreamerly Pullover
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Theory - Dreamerly Pullover
Dreamerly Pullover
Theory
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A sweatshirt style doesn’t have to be sloppy, as proven by this felted wool version from Theory. It’s basically a comfy, well-made sweater styled like a favorite sweatshirt. This gives us a lot of versatility, since it will work with jeans, black ponte pants, or drapey pull-on pants for an easy weekend look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/weekend-max-mara-bernard-plaid-front-wool-blend-sweater/3768192 Weekend Max Mara - Bernard Plaid Front Wool Blend Sweater
Weekend Max Mara - Bernard Plaid Front Wool Blend Sweater
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Weekend Max Mara - Bernard Plaid Front Wool Blend Sweater
Bernard Plaid Front Wool Blend Sweater
Weekend Max Mara
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Weekend Max Mara has really outdone themselves this season, finding the most sophisticated – yet easy – ways to do plaid that feel mature and stylish. They do have a European fit, but this sweater is a relaxed shape that goes up to size XL, so it will work on most everyone. We have yet to find a more perfect weekend sweater to pair with your favorite jeans. This will look amazing with a pair of preppy oxfords or your favorite brown boots.
http://www.shopbop.com/sullivan-cardigan-equipment/vp/v=1/1572460716.htm Equipment - Sullivan Cardigan
Equipment - Sullivan Cardigan
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Equipment - Sullivan Cardigan
Sullivan Cardigan
Equipment
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Just looking for a little pop of plaid? This Equipment sweater’s elbow patches deliver. This sweater is seriously soft and comfortable in it’s easy fit. It can be worn as shown, open with a white tee and relaxed jeans, just as easily as it can be dressed up a bit by closing it and adding a slim belt with skinny jeans or pants. Sizes are going fast, so try Equipment’s site if Shopbop is out.
http://www.rag-bone.com/Classic_Short_Sleeve_Tee/pd/cl/1903/np/160/p/6574.html Rag & Bone - Classic Short Sleeve Tee
Rag & Bone - Classic Short Sleeve Tee
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Rag & Bone - Classic Short Sleeve Tee
Classic Short Sleeve Tee
Rag & Bone
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A fun option from Rag & Bone to bring in a little buffalo plaid, this semi-sheer tee is great on its own for now, and later under your favorite cozy black cardigan.  If you’re looking for a little pop of color, Nordstrom also offers it in red and black.
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SHIRTSTOPS/otherboyshirts/PRDOVR~09331/09331.jsp Madewell - Plaid Boyshirt
Madewell - Plaid Boyshirt
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Madewell - Plaid Boyshirt
Plaid Boyshirt
Madewell
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When we’re taking on the wide range of plaid shirts out there, it can be overwhelming. We’ve mentioned a couple already this week, and here we’re breaking down our top casual plaid shirt picks. This one, from Madewell, is a winner because they found a way to use a lot of color in a cool, retro vibe that works easily with any shade of blue denim and a great pair of brown boots. It comes in a large range of sizes too, to accommodate most body types.

http://www.shopbop.com/carmen-buttondown-rails/vp/v=1/1561674964.htm RAILS - Carmen Button Down Shirt
RAILS - Carmen Button Down Shirt
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RAILS - Carmen Button Down Shirt
Carmen Button Down Shirt
RAILS
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Next on our hits list, this one is from RAILS. They are known for their plaids, and when you click through, you’ll see some more great color options. What we love about their shirts, besides the great colors they use, is the fabric. RAILS uses a rayon that has a really nice weight to it. It is seriously soft, and provides the perfect drape and slouch, taking a basic plaid shirt up a notch or two. The contemporary fit keeps it looking tailored, yet easy.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/the-kooples-plaid-print-cotton-silk-shirt/3802408 The Kooples - Plaid Print Cotton & Silk Shirt
The Kooples - Plaid Print Cotton & Silk Shirt
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The Kooples - Plaid Print Cotton & Silk Shirt
Plaid Print Cotton & Silk Shirt
The Kooples
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Sometimes a red plaid shirt can feel a little lumberjack (though, we kinda love that). But this one from The Kooples is just right, using deep red and a lot of black, in a semi-sheer fabric that gives it a lot of femininity and a very sophisticated way to do a casual plaid shirt that you will wear way past this season.

http://www.joesjeans.com/the-skinny/5465253652364585728/product Joe's Jeans - Plaid Skinny Jeans
Joe's Jeans - Plaid Skinny Jeans
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Joe's Jeans - Plaid Skinny Jeans
Plaid Skinny Jeans
Joe's Jeans
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There are a lot of plaid jeans out there this season, and this is one of the best for 2 reasons. 1. The color. The deep red and black plaid is super flattering, in that it’s not loud or full of contrasting color. It’s subtle, but still has a little spunk, much like The Kooples shirt we are showing here, too. 2. They’re from Joe’s Jeans, which has an easier contemporary fit that works on so many women. The rise isn’t too low, they are a very stretchy corduroy, and will work with anything from a black blazer to a slouchy sweater and knee high flat boots.



http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=21289446 Club Monaco - Sonja Reversible Poncho
Club Monaco - Sonja Reversible Poncho
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Club Monaco - Sonja Reversible Poncho
Sonja Reversible Poncho
Club Monaco
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Club Monaco has taken some of our favorite things and created this stylish poncho. It's cashmere, it's reversible, and it's in windowpane plaid! We can see ourselves walking down the street, fall leaves crinkling under our feet, pumpkin latte in hand. Can't you? The reversible option of cream ground or black ground (shown) is brilliant. If you're wearing black, you may want to play up the contrast by wearing the cream ground. Wearing a pair of distressed jeans and cream or grey sweater? The black will pop effortlessly.
http://www.shopbop.com/textured-plaid-maxi-coat-free/vp/v=1/1536371179.htm Free People - Textured Plaid Maxi Coat
Free People - Textured Plaid Maxi Coat
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Free People - Textured Plaid Maxi Coat
Textured Plaid Maxi Coat
Free People
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Once the weather cools down, can’t you just see yourself heading off to brunch in this plaid coat from Free People? The longer length is ideal – not just to keep you warm and look good, but it easily covers your “home clothes” if you are just running out to the grocery store. It’s got a zipper and button placket, hood, and belt for just a bit of feminine shape without being at all fitted. It feels very English and we love it.

 

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