Another classic in the plaid family is the buffalo plaid. Every fall we see this pattern re-emerge. I’ll bet most of you have at least one buffalo plaid shirt in your closet! In today’s post, I’m sharing three ways to style a buffalo plaid shirt.
Ever wondered where this pattern came from? We all know that plaids originated in the Scotish Highlands in the 1600’s. If you’re not a reader of classic Scots history, you’ve surely read Outlander, right? If not, it’s a must-read. The television version is decent (especially with Sam Heughan playing the part of Jamie😍), but in my view, the books are always better. There are a total of 8 books: I’ve read them all. Twice.🙂
In case you’ve missed this wonderful story, you can find it here. This series would also make a great gift for that special lady on your list! Beyond the original story of plaid from the Highlands, the next phase is an American story…
The distinctive buffalo plaid originated from Woolrich Woolen Mills in Maine around 1850. It was a warm wool fabric that was a big hit with workers and outdoorsman. The story is that the designer of this style owned a herd of buffalo and that’s how it got its name. While this classic pattern has gone in and out of style many times over the years, it will continue to make many comebacks in the world of style.
Hence, today’s versions of the buffalo plaid shirt.
The trendy buffalo plaid shirt outfit
This cute button tie sleeve version is a find from TJ Maxx and there are a few sizes left. It’s a fresh take on the buffalo plaid shirt with the split collar design. Here is a similar color combo from Target. Of course, you can take any basic plaid shirt and tuck or tie it at the waist, or leave it untucked as I did here.
Buffalo plaid looks great with jeans for the perfect casual outfit. Here I’m styling it with black jeans and chunky-heeled suede shoes for a longer leaner look.
Holiday party style buffalo plaid shirt outfit
Do you have holiday parties coming up? You can easily take a casual buffalo plaid shirt and dress it up party-style. Just pull out any plaid shirt and tuck it or tie it at the waist.
Add a long skirt like this one, some statement jewelry, a pair of heels or booties, and you are party ready. Especially if the party takes place somewhere on the cool side, like an air-conditioned restaurant or barn party. (Yes, that’s my Michigan roots showing themselves: barn party?! Well, maybe a patio party here in SoCal! Haha!) This link takes you to a roll-waist skirt that is VERY inexpensive, in case you need to add this staple to your wardrobe.
The street style buffalo plaid shirt outfit
Adding a pair of wide leg crops gives the top a current, street-style look. These are a brushed fleece style called soft-spun, making them perfect for casual lounging or dressing up. The riding boots keep it both comfortable and casual. They would also look cute with tights and booties, of course.
My leather moto style jacket gives it the punch needed for a street style look and is also warm and cozy. Somehow, a leather moto-jacket always appears “street style!” And a scarf tied at the neck adds a bit of pattern mixing, for more street style.
You can see how easy it is to take an everyday basic, like a buffalo plaid top, and style it for almost any occasion. If your budget is tight, or you just don’t want to spend a lot of money for a once-a-year event, you just might find what you need in your closet. Or add one basic thing to make any outfit holiday ready!