Trend Spotting: Plaid and Pleats

I love trends and like to think that keeping up with the best of them is my thang. A trend this Fall, which I was rocking back in junior high, is the plaid skirt. When I told my husband I was going to be styling plaid in a few ways he said, "You mean like Grandma, Great Grandma..." Ha ha ha. Yes- these skirts may have actually come from someone's grandma, but they can be styled to be fresh and current for today. 


Top: Old Navy
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Old Navy

The best place to find a great plaid skirt right now honestly is your local Goodwill or Savers. The past generation has thrown them out and into our welcoming arms. I fell in love this this navy, burnt orange, and gray pleated midi skirt for only $5. It is made out of wool which is the perfect texture for Fall outfits. To style this skirt I added coordinating ankle boots and a light sweater in an almost matching color. Plaid is great because it usually has a few colors to pull from when you pick your sweater or your bag. I went with a simple top because the bottom is pretty busy and the ankle boots add a bit of a modern edge to the look.


Top: J Crew
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Madewell
Bag: White Plum Boutique

Another way to style plaid is to pair it with your basic chambray shirt and coordinating color pop ballet flats. I left my shirt loosely tucked to keep from looking too buttoned up. A chambray shirt can really pair with any color plaid that you find. This plaid skirt had great colors to pull from and I pulled the bag color and shoe color from it. 

A few other ways to style a plaid skirt might be pairing a basic striped tee in coordinating, but not necessarily matching colors for some pattern mixing. Nude heels and a white oxford would look fantastic as well with most skirts. 


  1. I picked up a handful of "grandma" plaid skirts at a rummage sale a few years back & love wearing. They can be a bit difficult to style though so thanks for the tips. I've yet to try mixing them with chambray but excited to now - you look terrific.

  2. Fabulous looks! I love the idea of the colorful flats in the second one. So cool! I was just at Goodwill yesterday but wasn't as lucky as you. I can never find these "gems". I'll keep looking though...

  3. Hello Kilee,
    Are you going to re-stock your leather cuffs in your Etsy shop soon? I want to order one for my sister and I.

  4. I love plaid! Your husband is behind the times, obvs ;) You look great in both outfits!

  5. I'm stopping by from What I Wore Wednesday... love both of those skirts! The first one is such a classic, and the pockets in the second one are just too awesome.

  6. The second skirt is an interesting shape, but I love both outfits. Not very grandma at all!

  7. Wow great skirt finds! I love thrift shopping, its surprising what you can find! :)



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