Fall is here and that means it's time to spice up your office petite wardrobe with some cozy and chic plaid pieces. This is a classic print that never goes out of style and it can add some personality and flair to your professional outfits. Whether you're working from home or heading to a business meeting, you can rock this timeless trend effortlessly to create stunning looks that are sure to impress your boss and coworkers. From classic tartan to a modern grid or a trendy houndstooth, it is back in a big way. We're here to show you how to incorporate this timeless print into your petite office looks!
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Mad For Plaid Pants
Do you want to make a statement with your office attire? Then opt for plaid pants! From trousers to leggings; they can add some texture and dimension to your outfit, as well as some color and pattern making them a trendy and comfortable option for the office. Depending on your preference, you can choose from various cuts and fits, such as wide-leg, cropped, skinny, straight, or flared. A solid-colored top, such as a sweater, a blouse, or a blazer will pair perfectly with plaid pants.
Since pants can be a tough fit for petites, opt for an ankle-length slack to ensure a length that won't be too long. Paperbag waist styles are usually high-waisted which can look flattering on petite frames. For a bold twist, give off the illusion of a longer and leaner body by option by pairing a matching plaid blazer and pant set for a monochromatic head-to-toe look.
Polish Your Look with a Plaid Blazer
Instantly elevate any outfit by layering with a plaid blazer. Pair this modern staple with some jeans and a turtleneck for a casual yet polished look that works for a Zoom call or casual Fridays at the office. If your workplace is on the dressier side, layer it over a blouse with a skirt or trousers, perfect for leading a meeting in. Choose a plaid blazer in any color scheme. My fave are plaid prints that add a pop of rust or burgundy throughout for a fun element!
When choosing a blazer, opt for a hip or cropped length to compliment your petite frame. Complete these outfit options with some boots or heels and a simple bag to complete the instantly elevated business casual look, ready to meet clients in!
A Plaid Skirt in any Length
Add some feminine charm to your office ensemble by wearing a plaid skirt. You can go for a pencil skirt for a sleek and professional silhouette or a pleated option for a more playful and preppy style. Instantly add length to your legs by opting for a shorter skirt, just to or above your knees. Add tights if you prefer more coverage in an office setting!
A plaid skirt can be paired with a simple sweater, a crisp shirt, or a cozy cardigan. You can also accessorize with some boots or flats to complete this effortless workweek look. Not the craziest about plaid but want to play around with prints? Houndstooth is another timeless option in the same wheelhouse that will instantly spice up your closet and is a gorgeous print for a skirt.
The Go-To Plaid Shirt
Every closet should have at least one plaid shirt. It is a must-have staple piece that can easily be dressed up for the office. You can wear this versatile piece with a pencil skirt for a smart and sophisticated look or with an A-line skirt for a cute and girly vibe. If your office is on the dressier side, choose a more structured style to pair with a skirt or trousers. If your job leans more casual, go for a looser fit to wear with jeans.
To create some shape and definition on your petite frame, French tuck the shirt into the bottom of your choice or tie it at the waist. This will help create balance and keep the plaid top looking a little more dressed up. Add some neutral booties or pumps as well as some fresh accessories to finish this classic desk-to-dinner outfit!
The Ultimate Plaid Scarf
Adding a touch of plaid to your outfit by layering with a scarf is a simple and easy way to accessorize your outfit with this chic print. It can add some color and texture to your look, while also keeping you warm and cozy. It’s the perfect accessory for a chilly office because you can wear it in so many ways like wrapping it around your neck, draping it over your shoulders, or throwing it over you like a blanket.
When choosing a scarf as a petite, select one in a thinner material so it doesn't overwhelm your petite frame. To elongate your frame, try looping your scarf around your neck once letting it hang down the front of your frame adding length. A plaid scarf can go with almost any outfit, from a dress to a suit making this accessory an excellent way to incorporate this timeless trend into your office look.
Basically, the 'Short Story' is that plaid is back and it's here to stay! There are so many more ways to rock this timeless trend so don't be afraid to show off your personality by mixing and matching different plaid prints and colors to create your own unique office looks this fall.
Go ahead and embrace the plaid trend this season by requesting this print in your next Short Story box!
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*Cover photo: Eleanor Barkes