When it comes to fall and winter wardrobe staples, a plaid blazer is a perennial favorite. From rich brown glen plaid to black windowpane, houndstooth, tartan, and micro check, all conjure visions of drinking a warm mug of apple cider or sitting by the fire after a day of leaf peeping.
I figure that everyone reading this post is here for one of three reasons: either you’re looking for new ways to style your favorite plaid blazer, you’re venturing into plaid blazers for the first time, or you’re a plaid blazer lover looking for a fresh, new addition to your wardrobe.
Wherever you’re at, I’ve got you covered. Below are eight easy ways to style a plaid blazer, plus key things to consider when finding your perfect blazer, and the blazers that are actually worth shopping this season.
Plaid Blazer Outfit Ideas
1. Go Casual with Jeans and a White Tee
Grab a t-shirt and your favorite blue jeans or black jeans, then finish the look with sneakers, mule slides, or loafers. I like to reach for fitted tees or long sleeve bodysuits to make sure everything looks streamlined underneath the blazer. Faux leather leggings can also work in the place of jeans.
2. Dressy with Heels for a Night Out
For a day to night look, start with the casual look above, then swap the flats for pumps, slingbacks, or strappy sandals. Trade your day bag for a clutch, and you’re ready for a night on the town. To lean even more into the dressy side of things, swap the t-shirt for a lace-trim satin camisole, which is one of my favorite fall date night looks!
3. For a Quick Coffee Run
The perfect example of “cute but comfy” look, a blazer over a tailored jogger and hoodie set is easy for meeting up last minute or a quick coffee run. This hoodie and these joggers look so elevated! If you’re not convinced you can wear loungewear out of the house, see my tips for chic loungewear outfits.
4. For the Office with Pants
So far we’ve been covering casual, very casual, and date-night ready looks, but plaid blazers are a business casual staple, too. Your favorite plaid blazer is begging to be worn over a drapey jumpsuit or with trousers and a button up blouse at the office.
5. In a Tonal Palette
Pick a secondary color in your blazer (usually tan, beige, or cream) and layer a turtleneck underneath in that tone. Then add coated denim or faux leather pants in another secondary color. Finish the look with a coordinating shoe. This fall outfit leans a little preppy but looks classy nonetheless—see here for another example.
6. Over a Slip Dress
I love a slip dress, but cooler weather calls for added coverage. I’m a huge advocate of bringing summer favorites into fall as base layers. Add a blazer and ankle boots to your favorite summer dress on a chilly fall day.
7. With a Satin Cami
Sometimes it’s still warm through mid-fall, so incorporate autumn vibes with the blazer while staying cool with a camisole underneath. If it’s really hot where you live, you could even swap the jeans/pants for faux leather shorts.
8. For Cold Weather
The blazer pictured falls more into the blazer coat category, and the heavier weight is especially handy in late fall. I did a white on white look here (yes, you can wear white jeans in the cooler months!). If it’s not quite turtleneck season, a slim-fit white blouse will look chic underneath!
What to Look for in a Plaid Blazer
Oversized blazers and boyfriend blazers are very “in” right now, but as with all printed clothing items, a poorly-tailored blazer can add width to your shape. Look for styles with figure cinching details, like slanted pockets and diagonal seams. Opt for a slim fit or an elongated silhouette that hits below your hips. Details like peak lapels and button cuffs will look more elevated. Avoid chest pockets and shoulder pads if you can.
This is the most overlooked characteristic of a great blazer. A satin-silk or polyester lining will help ensure easy layering over blouses and knits, especially if the blazer is wool or tweed.
A Neutral Color
There are dozens of plaid styles in every color of the rainbow, but a neutral plaid will go much further in your wardrobe, if we’re talking about cost per wear, than a trendy color. A brown plaid blazer, beige plaid blazer, and even a gray plaid blazer are excellent choices. If you can find one that blends all three tones, you’ll be able to wear it with black and brown.
Plaid Blazers that Pair with Any Outfit
Plaid looks good on everyone—which is why brands bring it back every single season. And if you’re going to buy something timeless, it’d better be good. To me, the perfect plaid blazer must meet the following criteria: Lined, easy to care for, tailored, and the ideal color for mixing, and matching. So which blazers make the cut? Here are blazers to try from brands I love and trust, ordered by price (low to high).
Are you convinced yet? Which plaid blazer look resonates the most with your style? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram!