Winter Outfit Idea: Start with a Colorful Plaid Coat!

When it comes to dreaming up fresh and interesting winter outfit ideas, most of us approach it the same old way. We start by thinking about dark winter-colored pieces of clothing that we can mix and match. Then, we focus on creating our indoor outfit first before we ever give a thought to our outerwear. But what if you switched that up?

long plaid coat

What if you decided to experiment with color, and your outwear was your inspiration for your indoor wear? Today I’m sharing how my falling in love with a colorful, plaid winter coat inspired a chic winter outfit.

plaid stadium coat


Although it’s freezing outside, and we are months away from Memorial Day, this patriotic red, white and blue women’s plaid coat got me thinking, why not? Winter can be pretty dreary, and I’ve had enough dark winter coats in my life. This colorful stadium coat is such a refreshing change, and the bright mix of colors makes it artsy and youthful-looking too.


plaid stadium coat

I love how modern this jacket is. The sleek, streamlined shape and no-button front with a hidden zipper make it look chic.


It’s also got ribbed knit trim at the collar and cuffs, a nice, sporty touch that means you don’t even need a scarf.  The simple shape really sold me.  My feeling is if you are going to wear anything with a colorful pattern, keep the cut and details of the garment understated for the most elegant look. You don’t want a lot of color and pattern clashing with a lot of other stuff unless that is the vibe you are going for.

plaid winter coat


This rule applies to how I styled the outfit that goes with the coat too. Since the coat is bright with a bold, busy pattern, I kept everything else basic.  I paired the coat with a plain red sweater, black pants, tall black boots, and a black bag.  This way, the focus is mainly on the coat.

Some may find the red still a touch too much for their style. If that is the case, you could also go with all black underneath, top, and bottom. It would make the coat pop even more.  Did I mention that nearly froze my hands off on the day we shot this? They were white and numb, and my speech even started to slur. It was bitterly cold in Toronto last week, -8°C  (17°F)…..but it felt like -23°C (-9°F) !!! Such is the life of a blogger! (Lol!)

plaid winter coat womens

This coat has sold out, but I hope you picked up a couple of good style nuggets, and you might give starting with a colorful plaid coat and styling around it a try.


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Have a look at some other bright-colored plaid winter coats trending now that I have linked above, and see what you think. I’d love you to send me a photo and show me how you styled yours.


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4 thoughts on “Winter Outfit Idea: Start with a Colorful Plaid Coat!

  1. Thanks for this post – I was wondering if it’s true to size. I never know whether to order an S or M at BR because I’m often in between…

xo, Deb

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