While plaid is a big trend almost every fall, this pattern showed up in all the fashion shows and is trending once again this year. The top designers have been showing beautiful tweed and plaid outfits, paired with rich colors in blouses and boots. Today, I’m sharing my version of a plaid pants and bow-tie blouse outfit.
Plaid pants are really hot and come in all styles–ankle pants, paperbag waist pants, crop pants, wide-leg pants–you name it, they are all popular for fall. You can wear them for work, casual occasions, and even for date night. When I was in Scotland recently, all the ladies were wearing tartan plaid pants. They said they just always wore them. They looked so cute! And since it was summer, none of the fabrics were overly heavy. I think they are ahead of the trends there! And have been through the centuries, right? Lol!
You can find lots of ideas for styling these pants on Pinterest.
Rich colored blouses are also big this fall and you will see them in lots of silky or satin fabrics. Bow-tie and silky long-sleeved blouses are the top trends in blouses. Brings me back to the ’80s when bow-tie blouses were THE tops to wear. Anybody else remember that? Big hair and blouses with bow-ties, right?
Of course, those looks often come with a hefty price tag. So, how do we create the look without breaking the bank? With all the fashion pieces available, you can easily put together a great plaid pants and bow-tie blouse outfit on a budget.
The Plaid Pants and Bow-Tie Blouse Outfit
The Plaid Pants
The most important thing when shopping for plaid pants is, of course, finding the right fit. Just like with any pant pattern or style. Once you find a good fit, have fun with the plaid patterns you find. Almost anything goes, but when you choose a pattern you like, envision all the pieces in your closet that you can wear with it. That’s one of the very best things about plaid–it gives you a wide range of colors and patterns to style it with.
A lot of the fall styles showcase mixing plaids together. I think that’s great if they have some of the same shades. But, hey, go wild if you are brave enough! You can also mix patterns–try a floral top that looks interesting with the plaid you choose.
For this outfit, I’ve stayed pretty basic, which is really my style.
Besides fitting me nicely, the side stripe on these WhoWhatWear pants was the selling point. Several colors in the plaid crisscross over the neutral khaki background, and the pants will go with many other things in my closet. For this outfit, I chose a silky long-sleeve blouse in a beautiful rust shade.
Once again, I’m totally frustrated with the availability of items that I’m showcasing in this post. I honestly picked up these pieces just LAST WEEK at my local Target and they are totally gone. (Except for the blouse, which is still available in plus sizes.) Honestly, when things are hot, they go super fast! However, never fret, there are lots of these plaid pants and bow-tie blouse outfits out there to find! Here are some cute versions of the plaid pants at affordable prices:
The Bow-tie Blouse
Ever find yourself buying a certain color over and over? My color, for now, seems to be this rich rust shade. You may remember my cashmere sweater in rust and my color-blocked cardigan that also has a rust stripe! Not to mention my slouch booties! Yikes! This is a new color for me and I’m enjoying adding it to my wardrobe. Is there a certain color that you are drawn to for fall?
This rust top is available in Plus, but I’ve linked some similar tops here in rich satiny fabrics and fall tones:
It’s almost time to pull out your boots from last fall, ladies! These are very basic suede ankle boots that go with everything. The bag and belt are both in a cognac shade that provides just a bit of contrast with the rust, and ties in with the plaid.
It really is possible to get a designer look without spending a great deal of money. Shop around, find your best fit, and add a rich jewel-tone blouse for a perfect fall look!