Fall 2015 Fashion Trends: PLAID

Welcome back to our 26 Days of Fall Outfits series! Today’s outfit is perfect for a casual weekday at home, or it makes a great Saturday outfit for those who work in a professional environment. The weather here is still warm, so I’m not actually wearing this today, but it will be ideal for those crisp fall days that are just around the corner.

26 Days of Fall Fashion: Day 3 | Fall 2015 Fashion Trend: Plaid | Dark Skinny Jeans | Fall Fashion for Women Over 40

Plaid is a huge trend right now, but it’s one that I thought I might sit out until Stitch Fix sent me this top in my last box. Something about plaid feels decidedly unfeminine to me, even though I see other women pulling it off beautifully.

This top isn’t just a regular plaid button-down, though. Take a closer look at the details — the contrasting plaid lining, button-up 3/4-length sleeves, and the covered buttons all help to keep it from looking too lumberjack. Ha!

26 Days of Fall Fashion: Day 3 | Fall 2015 Fashion Trend: Plaid | Dark Skinny Jeans | Fall Fashion for Women Over 40

I tried wearing it a few different ways, and I ended up layering it over a white tank top, buttoning it halfway up, and leaving it untucked. It has enough structure to leave it out, but if it were a fuller style, I might have tied it at the waist. Another option would be to leave it completely unbuttoned, more like a jacket.

26 Days of Fall Fashion: Day 3 | Fall 2015 Fashion Trend: Plaid | Dark Skinny Jeans | Fall Fashion for Women Over 40

Here’s a look from the back.

26 Days of Fall Fashion: Day 3 | Fall 2015 Fashion Trend: Plaid | Dark Skinny Jeans | Fall Fashion for Women Over 40

For accessories, I wore the Rectangle Pedant from my Element Necklace and Goddess Teardrop Earrings. I added a gold cuff bracelet on one arm, and I wore my gold FitBit Bracelet and Runway Twist Watch on my other. The accessories also help keep the look feminine. The cuff bracelet is no longer available, but this Becker Cuff is similar.

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26 Days of Fall Fashion: Day 3 | Fall 2015 Fashion Trend: Plaid | Dark Skinny Jeans | Fall Fashion for Women Over 40

I considered styling the outfit with my tan jeans, but I ended up going with these dark wash skinny jeans. Either would work. It could also be cute with white jeans! My Paige Skyline Skinny Jeans are a few years old, but they still look like new. They have a fabulous fit, and they have held up so well, I can recommend them with confidence if you’re looking to invest in a pair of classic, dark wash skinny jeans. If want a more budget-friendly pair, LOFT has these Modern Skinny Jeans in a nice dark rinse wash for $69.50.

For shoes, I first went the safe route with brown ballet flats. These are from the Payless DexFlex comfort line, and they are cute and comfy AND budget-friendly. I have them in cognac and blush. This outfit totally works for running errands on a Saturday, a weekday playdate with the kids, volunteering at your child’s school, or working from home.

26 Days of Fall Fashion: Day 3 | Fall 2015 Fashion Trend: Plaid | Dark Skinny Jeans | Fall Fashion for Women Over 40

For fun, I decided to try the outfit with these Olson Pointy Toe Studded T-Strap Flats. I picked them up on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last month, and I’ve been dying to style them! These studded flats elevate the outfit and make modern. I’d wear this outfit if I were meeting a friend for lunch or going to a casual evening event.

26 Days of Fall Fashion: Day 3 | Fall 2015 Fashion Trend: Plaid | Dark Skinny Jeans | Fall Fashion for Women Over 40

It’s a bit unconventional to pair these shoes with plaid, but I like the juxtaposition of the dressy with the casual, and I’m trying to step out of  my comfort zone (see what I did there?) and try some new things. Plus, they’re super fun to wear.

26 Days of Fall Fashion: Day 3 | Studded Pointed Flats

I chose to carry this light brown crossbody because it goes perfectly with the brown in the straps of the shoes. It also works fine with the ballet flats. Of course, you might want something bigger for running errands with the kids, but it’s perfect if you’re just going out to eat and don’t want to lug the entire kitchen sink.

26 Days of Fall Fashion: Day 3 | Fall 2015 Fashion Trend: Plaid | Dark Skinny Jeans | Fall Fashion for Women Over 40

What do you think about the plaid trend? Are you a fan, or no? And would you wear plaid with those red shoes? Let me know what you think!

SALE ALERT!!

If you’re looking to do some shopping this Labor Day weekend, LOFT has a fantastic sale! Get 30% off new fall arrivals!!! PLUS, take an EXTRA 50% off summer sale styles. They have some cute plaid shirts, if you’re in the market for one.

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Have a lovely day!!