Target Real Talk Test Drive: 4 Tips to Style a Plaid Blazer

Plaid Blazer (sized up to size 4 for looser fit) // Sweater (on sale! size small - color: light heather grey) // Skinny Jeans // Suede Ankle Boots (true to size) // Chanel Bag (similar budget friendly here) // Lip Stick (shade: Aubergine) // Silver Watch 

You asked for it! According to Facebook voter feedback, you wanted to see tips for styling this plaid blazer. I was excited for the opportunity to test drive a few styles from your perspective. While a plaid blazer might not seem very versatile, the truth is it can be styled in so many great ways. Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

[Guideline: Color is key when styling plaid in any look. While you might think the multiple colors in a plaid mean you have more options for matching, it also means you run a greater risk of clashing. To play it safe, stick to neutrals, complementary jewel tones, or pull hues from the plaid pattern.]
1.     Basic: For a fail-safe combination, wear a thin, oversized blouse under your blazer with some skinny jeans and heels. You can also layer unexpected elements like a hoodie or textured sweater with this combination. Feel free to add print or texture in your layers, but keep patterns on a small scale to avoid competing with the blazer.
2.     Menswear: Embrace the menswear effect by pairing your plaid blazer with distressed boyfriend jeans, a basic tee, and boyish accessories to taste. Some ideas might include a baseball hat, boyfriend watch, and oxfords or sneakers to complete the look. Graphic tees are another way to add edgy interest without overpowering the plaid blazer. Converse sneakers are usually my go to shoe for a clean boyfriend look. 
3.     Dress up: Dresses in a feminine cut and color will provide needed contrast for a structured, plaid blazer. Better yet, adding a plaid blazer will transition a dress seamlessly into fall. Don’t worry too much about hem lines or silhouettes. A blazer can double as a way to dress up or dress down a look, depending on your outfit. This means a blazer is a perfect option to give a more casual feel to a glam, a-line dress or to add sophistication to a laid-back maxi dress. 
4.     Skirting the trend: A skirt adds a perfect feminine balance to a structured plaid blazer. To be extra daring, opt for a skirt in soft pastels or complementary-colored prints. In doing so, you force the plaid to take a backseat and act as more of a neutral.

Tune in tomorrow for this weeks his and her look and on Monday I will be launching my new site! I wanted to give you all a heads up since many of you follow through Blogger. I will be switching over to Word Press so make sure you are following along on one of my social networks or here or else you won't receive updates on the new posts.  


* Special thanks to Target for sponsoring this post. Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not indicative of Target.

Fall Poncho

Poncho (size small - on sale - extra 20% off) // Navy Top (on sale - extra 20% off) // Gold Chain Watch  // Khaki Leggings // Tory Burch Boots // Rings // Sunglasses // Michael Kors Handbag

I love the classic color combination of navy, cognac, and gold. Something about the combo seems timeless and sophisticated.  I've been anxious to get a poncho for Fall. I was immediately drawn to the detailing on this one with the faux leather pockets and gold zippers on the side. 

Hope you all are having a good week!
* Photos by JessaKae

Layering and Accessorizing

Necklace // Sweater (also worn here)

Necklace (also worn here) // Ring // Lip Color

Today I am excited to share a look book we created for ILY’s Fall Collection. Right now they are a running a huge sale until 8am tomorrow: 40% off jewelry (code: SERIOUS40), 10% off apparel (code: SERIOUS10), and an additional 40% off sale pieces (code: SERIOUS40). These dual pearl studs are one of my favorites!

Below are a few ILY COUTURE items you have seen styled in previous posts:

Happy Shopping!

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