Is plaid is an option over 40 and how should I wear it? I am a 41 Stay at home mom with a 8-year-old and 3 ½ year old. I am trying to build a wardrobe to last, but also want to add some fun pieces. What do you think? ……………..Thank you. Nicole
Plaids are something that will never go out of style so they are a good thing to incorporate into a wardrobe, especially if you are on the traditional side. Lately designers have thrown us off “KILT-er” this season with their modern twist on plaids. They’re showing the classic Scottish staple in large scale checks and bright eye-popping colors.
Nevertheless, plaid is one of those things that can make you look old and frumpy if you are not careful how you wear it.
Here are 4 Things to Consider Before Wearing Plaid
1) Plaid Can Make you Look Heavy
Plaids are not Fabulous after 40, or at any age if you have weight issues.
Plaids are busy, bulky, and can make you look larger than you are, especially when the cut is loose or boxy as plaid shirts often are.
Also be forewarned that many plaid shirts are flannel which also packs on the pounds.
“But, What if I’m slim?”
Baggy is baggy after 40. Loose boyfriend lumber jack shirts may be hot now and are supposed to make you look sexy, but after 40 this is an extremely hard look to pull off, no matter how fit you are.
You don’t want to look like you are a grown woman trying to play dress up. It can easily backfire into just looking sloppy. Instead…
2) Fitted Plaid Looks Best
After 40 your body softens up and you need some definition, so if you are going to wear a plaid shirt find one with a slim cut that nips in at your waist to give you some shape.
3) Big, Bright Plaids Trump Traditional Plaids
Traditional plaids come in old world colors like navy, forest green, gold, and burgundy, but these days those color combinations can look pretty drab and dated, especially on a 40+woman.
Todays plaids come in vivid contrasting, colors and large scale prints. To look more modern and youthful in plaid try a:
- single brightly colored plaid garment like a trench coat or dress.
- combination of a bright plaid shirt and + a bright, contrasting sweater or jacket.
If you are not a fan of a lot of bright color then go for a
- neutral colored plaid garment, accented with a pop of color to look current and in style. A bright purse or shoe, for example, is exactly the pop of color you need with this taupe plaid dress.
4) Painterly Plaids are Chic
Some of the newest plaids (like this one above and right) have a brushstroke feel that makes them appear hand painted. This is an elegant and chic way to wear plaid and feels more contemporary.
Do you like plaid? Send me a photo of you in your plaid outfit and I’ll post it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org