Plaid is one of those timeless patterns, like polka dots, stripes or leopard print, that you know will never date, so investing in a pair of plaid pants makes sense. But what to wear with plaid pants? Below, you’ll find stylish plaid pants outfit choices for everyday…
Take a look, you might just be inspired to swap your black pants or jeans for some checks.
What to think about when putting together a plaid pants outfit
Because the print runs both up and down, and across, plaid pants can make your bottom half look wider. This may be a tricky look to wear if you’re a pear shape. However, you can definitely make it work for you. For example, you could wear a wide leg pair of plaid pants to skim over your thighs and hips and then choose a bright red top to draw the attention upwards.
If you’re an inverted triangle, plaid pants could be perfect as they can balance out your wider shoulders.
Best plaid pants for your plaid pants outfits
Before looking at what to wear with your plaid pants, do you already have a pair? Or will you be adding a pair to your closet this season? If you’re treating yourself to a new pair, you’ll find some of the most recommended below…
Lee motion fit plaid pants
For a subtle take on the plaid pants trend, you could choose a mixture of black and gray like the Lee pants (below) which are made with flexible fabric for comfort. Reviewers say these are a good choice for work if you need to go into the office.
black plaid pants
For a versatile pair of check pants that would be ideal for work or casual days, you could try the Grace Karin elastic waist pants (below). Wear with a t-shirt and sneakers for the weekend or with pumps and a blouse for work. Reviewers say these are light, breathable and have a decent amount of stretch.
Check flare pants
Wide leg pants are particularly on trend at the moment. The Karen Millen pants (below) have a classic country check and will look good with heeled booties.
Plaid cargo pants
Lands’ End often has a good selection of plaid pants. The utility style drawstring pants (below) have a casual style that would look good with sneakers. To elevate the look, you could wear a blazer over the top.
Pull on pants
Fonda @savvysouthernchic above chooses a pair of green and blue check pants and adds neutral accessories to her plaid pants outfit.
You could also try a pair of pull-on plaid pants in black and white like the Lands’ End pants below.
Wide leg pants
If you want to make a real style statement, then a very wide pair of check pants will definitely get you noticed for the right reasons. Tuck your top into your pants to make your legs look longer.
Sutton pants from Loft
If you like to wear skinny or slim pants, you could get a different look for your day-to-day outfits by choosing a print. You could wear a longer tunic or white shirt over the top.
Plaid jogger pants
The line between activewear and workwear is definitely being blurred with so many people working from home. You could wear the jogging pants (below) with a blazer and heels or with sneakers and a moto jacket.
A pair of ankle pants can be perfect for transitioning from winter to spring. You can show off a little ankle without losing too much warmth. Wear with ballet flats or heeled sandals.
Allegra K pants
While it tends to be easy to find black and white plaid pants, if you want a different color, the Allegra K pants (below) are worth a look. They come in a good choice of shades and print like the neutral checks shown here. Reviewers say these have a relaxed, baggy fit.
Skinny check pants
The Wdirara skinny pants (below) could work well worn with an asymmetrical tunic or a long white shirt. They come in a wide range of check styles and colors. Reviewers say they feel like leggings but look like trousers.
Plaid palazzo pants
For a wide pants option, you could try the high waist palazzo pants (below) which reviewers say work well for women with curves.
Slim fit pants
The pull-on pants (below) come in a gray plaid or a subtle brown houndstooth. Reviewers say they feel as comfortable as leggings but look like dressy work pants.
Plaid pants outfits
Now that you’re thinking about your favorite pair of plaid plants – either to add to your closet or a pair you already have, what will you wear with them? How will you put together your plaid pants outfit? Let’s take a look at some outfit ideas.
Outfit 1: with a blazer
A blazer looks great over pretty much everything. Boma @mrs.gaf above wears her black blazer over her check pants and adds a pop of color with her orange bag.
Outfit 2: with a trench coat for a classic look
A pair of plaid pants is an absolute classic, so it makes sense to wear them with other classic clothes and accessories like a trrench coat and tote bag.
Also, take a look at how to put together a capsule wardrobe for the classic style personality.
Cole Haan Signature Hooded Trench Coat – Boden Silk Shirt – Karen Millen Check Wide Leg Trousers – Clarks Linvale Sea Ankle Bootie – Kurt Geiger London Violet Leather Tote – VIENNOIS Round Dangle Earrings
Outfit 3: with sneakers for a casual look
Outfit 4: with a poncho
A stylish look to keep you warm can be to wear your knitwear in layers with your check pants. Opt for a poncho worn over your turtleneck.
Outfit 5: with heels for a night out
Outfit 6: with a tunic
If you choose a pair of skinny or slim pants, a longer tunic will look great with them. To add interest, choose an asymmetrical top.
Outfit 7: with a cozy sweater for a preppy look
Cole Haan Signature Hooded Trench Coat – Rails Halle Cashmere & Merino Wool Blend Sweater – GRACE KARIN Elastic Waist Plaid Pants – Kurt Geiger London Violet Leather Tote – Franco Sarto Carolynn Loafer
Outfit 8: with a short jacket
Playing with proportions can add interest to your outfit. Try a shorter jacket worn over a longer tunic.
Outfit 9: with more checks
While an easy outfit choice can be to team a pair of check pants with a block color top, you could also combine your checks. Carmen @carmen_gimeno above looks stylish and modern in her check suit and sneakers.
BB Dakota by Steve Madden Check You Out Coat – Rails Halle Cashmere & Merino Wool Blend Sweater – Treasure & Bond Plaid Drawstring Pants – Clarks Linvale Sea Ankle Bootie – JNB Envelope Clutch – VIENNOIS Round Dangle Earrings
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Do you already have a pair of plaid pants in your closet? What do you style yours with? And do you tend to save them for one particular season? You can let me know in the comments below?
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