Plaid, the Color of the Season

What do you love the most about this time of year? For me, it's taking the time to get together with family and friends. Most of the year I'm all about that home life but there's something about the lights and the music and the cheer that gets me every time. It's also the perfect time of year to get dressed up. Which is why I could not pass up this pretty ruffled plaid top from J.Crew Factory. 

Plaid, the Color of the Season: How to Wear it and What to Pair With It
Plaid, the Color of the Season: How to Wear it and What to Pair With It
Plaid, the Color of the Season: How to Wear it and What to Pair With It
Plaid, the color of the season: how and when to wear it - Wear She Blossoms

top: j.crew factory (sold out but similar sleeveless option here), pants: j.crew factory, boots: franco sarto

Growing up going to Catholic school, I can't say I was the biggest fan of plaid. When you're forced to wear it every single day, it's not something you choose to wear. But now it's basically the color of the season and I can't get enough of it. 

Plaid pairs perfectly with the best colors of this season.  I would love to pair this top with a dark green skirt or navy velvet pants. The simplest compliment in my closet are these super comfortable high waist black jeans. Black jeans will be on the "to pack" list for all my travels this season for two reasons: they look polished but have the comfort of jeans. Since, you know, it's frowned upon to wear leggings every day. 

The key to wearing plaid is to treat it as the star of the show. Solid colored compliments are your best bet. If you don't want to be boring, try fun textures like velvet or chunky knits. It is definitely not the same plaid I wore in middle school! 

How to wear plaid this winter - Wear She Blossoms
Plaid, the Color of the Season - Wear She Blossoms
Plaid, the Color of the Season - Wear She Blossoms

Also, ladies, this is the debut of these over-the-knee boots! How amazing are they?!? It's been a hunt for just the right pair of OTK boots. Because I'm not a "wear once and done" kind of girl, I was hesitant to grab a pair. Honestly, they always seemed a little bit risky for a conservative (a.k.a. teacher wardrobe). Then this pair from Franco Sarto changed my mind. 

The reasons why I finally invested in this pair of OTK boots: a great neutral color, super comfortable heel, they're soft, and they pair with just about anything. I'm super excited to feature them more on here as we head into winter. I can't wait to wear them with jeans, midi skirts, dresses, leggings...yup, everything!

Three days out from Christmas and I am READY. It doesn't hurt that today is the last day of work before ten days off. Add that to having my presents wrapped and my grocery shopping done, it's time to get this holiday started. So if you need from 2pm on, you can find me in the kitchen or sipping a hot tea right next to the tree. 

Shop my plaid picks below: