“What is it with girls and the floppy hats?” my boyfriend said the other day.
“What? You don’t like it?” I replied. “No, it’s cute. I just don’t understand.”
It’s true. He doesn’t understand girls. Why we wear lipstick, high heels, and dresses—the rhyme or reason behind it is beyond him. He likes me in flats, jeans, and a plaid shirt—just like him.
I do wear a lot of plaid—and half the time I do leave the house looking like my boyfriend’s twin (whoops!). For me, striped tees and dresses are a staple in the summer and plaid is the go-to pattern come fall.
As I’m particular about my prints, blackwatch and buffalo are the best of the plaids, in my humble opinion. My repertoire has expanded beyond button downs to tunics—and shirtdresses. Because, YOLO.
Lately, so many of my social functions fall into the realm of dressy casual—not a cocktail party, but not a totally relaxed affair. I’ve been living in black skinny jeans and cute blouses, but I wanted to bring some dresses into the mix.
Naturally, I went for plaid with a buffalo check shirt dress from one of my favorite brands: BB Dakota. BB Dakota and its sister brand, Jack, make incredibly affordable, stylish pieces that look nice and hold up well.
Dresses in the winter are no fun at all—layers, accessories, a warm coat are a must. Floppy hats are actually quite functional—they keep your head warm. My newest discovery is boot tights. Boot tights are high-end, chic tights—with socks at the foot so your feet stay warm and your tights don’t run. And you know what? They make booties so much more comfortable. I was amazed—the foot of the tight is as comfortable as my performance running socks. I’m sold.
For accessories, I opt for black and gold all winter long—it makes everything so much easier. This is my second season with my gold pyramid studs from local designer Sophie Blake—they go with everything.
Photos are by the lovely Lauren Joseph. Shop our plaid picks below.