I haven’t done many true “styling” posts. But I had to do one surrounding the $5 plaid leggings I purchased from Forever21.com after Thanksgiving. The leggings have since sold out, but click here for a style that is still available for an affordable $10.80
For anyone who says plaid is huge right now, they’re not lying. In my unprofessional opinion, plaid is always huge! It’s a classic print that can be styled conservatively or edgily.
I initially had the urge to buy plaid leggings after seeing one of my Instagram friends, @sachakaye rock her plaid leggings she purchased from Walmart! So, when I saw a pair on Forever 21’s website (at 50% off the sale price), it was love at first sight.
As soon as I got them in the mail, I immediately started playing dress-up. I have worn them several times since receiving them. Because they are leggings, I made sure to wear a top that covered my backside. I just can’t handle seeing rear ends in leggings. I did kind of push it with Look 1:
I wore them to work so I paired a black blazer from The Limited (ten years old) over a long sleeved mustard T-shirt from Banana Republic ($9 a couple years ago), black Nine West knee boots (gift from the hubs a few years ago!) and a black and gold necklace from Forever 21. The T barely gave me full coverage so I felt like I was pulling it down every time I stood up from my desk. But, I still got a lot of compliments. Maybe the lack of coverage is why ;). ha! I flatter myself.
I figure, you can’t wear plaid without trying to look a little preppy, so here’s Look 2:
I paired them with a longer black sweater from the Loft factory store ($14), an oversized white button down (stolen from my husband), ankle boots from the Kenneth Cole outlet ($25) and my tassel necklace from J.Crew ($23).
My third styling was inspired by the Forever 21 styling of the plaid pants:
I don’t have the picture anymore, but the website had the leggings paired with a high-low top and a leather jacket. So, I ordered this high-low top from Forever 21 for about $6. My leather jacket came from Banana Republic with a 40% coupon last year for $180 and I tried to amp up the edge factor with some $14 open-toe booties with a chain ankle strap.
I also tried to come up with a more “neutral” way to wear them, so I came up with Look 4:
I went with my recent $7 cream sweater from H&M, layered over a chambray button-down from Banana Republic (I believe I bought it for about $30 a couple years ago) and my $58 DV by Dolce Vita boots that I bought from Piperlime.
Since bold pieces tend to be remembered easily, I have put the leggings on retirement for now. Heaven forbid it looks like I repeat items in my closet too many times! But…when the leggings make like Jay-Z and come out of retirement…I’ll try to find a way to make them more “spring appropriate” — a difficult challenge since I feel like this tartan-style has a Christmas vibe. If you have any ideas for transitioning the leggings into spring, I’d love to get your feedback!!