Fall in Love with Plaid

Hot this season is plaid. While plaid is trending, plaid has always been a classic staple pattern. This season though- Iam seeing either a total matching of plaids which I call plaid overhaul or a total mismatching of plaids which I call plaid attack. I am going to give you tips to achieve both.

 

L, Plaid Overhaul: Designer Barbara Bui and R, Plaid Attack: Designer Bottega Veneta in Fall 2016 shows 

L, Plaid Overhaul: Designer Barbara Bui and R, Plaid Attack: Designer Bottega Veneta in Fall 2016 shows 

For plaid overhaul: you need to find several items, my suggested number is 3, with the same sequence and color of plaid. Sure it would be ideal if you could find all 3 pieces together, but it may not happen ideally. As a master thrifter, I love finding things separately but not all of us have the patience. To make your search easier, just go with a more popular plaid pattern like the one show below.

Traditional plaid refers to a pattern consisting of cross cross horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. 

Traditional plaid refers to a pattern consisting of cross cross horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. 

But if you are a little bit more patient and daring choose a less popular plaid. Regardless the choice of plaid pattern, I suggest doing only 3 pieces as anything over 4 may be overwhelming and over- powering particularly if you are petite.

 

Model demonstrates plaid overhaul look with the suggested 3 pieces.  

Model demonstrates plaid overhaul look with the suggested 3 pieces.  

To achieve a plaid attack look, you will need a mix of plaids. The plaid patterns should be complementary-so if you have a plaid pastel, you may want to stay away from a warm colored plaid as they may potentially clash. So the question remains how to choose which plaids will be complimentary. Think similar hue, tones, and colors. 

For a more ready to wear approach to this fall fashion trend consider pairing with a bomber or denim jacket. 

For a more ready to wear approach to this fall fashion trend consider pairing with a bomber or denim jacket. 

Don't overthink the plaid pattern sizes since you are mixing prints it doesn't really matter. The key to successfully achieving the plaid attack look is to look like you know what you are doing not like you just threw something together - even if you did.

So what are your thoughts on this fall fashion trend? Will you be participating in a plaid overhaul or plaid attack? Or will be leaving the trend for the runway? 

 

Fall in Love with Plaid: 5 ways to style your plaid shirt

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1. As a skirt. To achieve an eye catching street style, button the buttons from the bottom up until your reach your waist then tie the sleeves around your waist and let them hang.

2. Around your waist. To achieve a sportier look, tie your shirt around your waist and match with sneakers to give you that laid back, chill vibe.

3. With a pencil skirt. As a professional keep the plaid simple and pair with a basic pinstripe or solid color pencil skirt and pair with a nice of basic nude, navy, or black pumps.

4. With denim cut offs and thigh high boots. Wearing your plaid shirt with Thigh high boots give you immediate sex appeal and are perfect look for sexy night out on the town with your girls or man.

5. Accessorize with wide brim hat and ankle boots. This simple minimalist look screams fall and is perfect for a busy day of errands.

How will you be styling your plaid shirt for this fall season? 

Achieving Instant Style: Go Mono

 

Why is it that monochromatic looks are so popular?

Monochomatic looks from various Fall 2016 Runway shows (L to R):  Gray ( Christian. Siriano) , Royal blue ( Escada) , Olive ( Marissa Webb) , Yellow (Escada), Pink (Gucci), Lavender ( Kenzo).

Monochomatic looks from various Fall 2016 Runway shows (L to R):  Gray ( Christian. Siriano) , Royal blue ( Escada) , Olive ( Marissa Webb) , Yellow (Escada), Pink (Gucci), Lavender ( Kenzo).

For one the look is clean and trendy but most important it  is so easy to achieve. The whole mission of The Working Beauty is to make style convenient. Convenient meaning easy. What easier way to achieve style than to stick to one color.  Find multiple pieces of clothing in one color- and put them together and wallah you have a instant fashion forward, stylish, and trendy look.  


Gray monochromatic looks created for clients and modeled during my Thrift Brunch last October.

Gray monochromatic looks created for clients and modeled during my Thrift Brunch last October.

Monochromatic works in any color purple, gray, cream, red, yellow, blue, olive. You get my point. And honestly I don't have a lot to say or explain because it really is just that easy. One question, you may is whether the chosen color pieces have to match exactly and the answer is most definitely not.


 This by far is one of my favorite monochromatic looks done by @goldendiamonds. 

 This by far is one of my favorite monochromatic looks done by @goldendiamonds. 

The goal is to have the colors in the same family appear cohesive.

Me in monochrome- and though my picture quality has gotten significantly better, an ode to when it was terrible and I used to wait until the bottom of my blog post to give personal examples of how I rocked whatever the blog topic was.

Me in monochrome- and though my picture quality has gotten significantly better, an ode to when it was terrible and I used to wait until the bottom of my blog post to give personal examples of how I rocked whatever the blog topic was.

   Although shade matching is a thing, honestly, it gives your look more depth if they do not match perfectly. So get your monochrome on and I don't just mean in all black.

 

Need help creating your own monochromatic looks for this fall season? Check out my thrift shop to find great affordable pieces to easily achieve this simple trend. 

Print Matching

Print Matching can be quite the fashion challenge. But if executed correctly, it can be so rewarding. You will feel bold, fresh, and chic if you follow these simple rules.

1. Be Confident. Don’t wear anything that you are unsure about. If you do, it will write itself all over your outfit. 

2. Pick up something printed. For this particular post my print choice is houndstooth (I love Houndstooth!) , but yours could be floral, paisley, checkered, stripes, polka dots, abstract, etc. But pick an item, any item in a print that you like that looks good on your body. I chose houndstooth leggings. Which if you like them I have included a link to a similar pair (http://www.zulily.com/p/white-black-houndstooth-wide-band-leggings-5675-35336626.html?search_pos=4&search_page=1&fromSearch=true)

3. Now build around that item, by picking another item with the same pattern. Now here is the interesting part- while the pattern should be the same for this trend ( we will talk about pattern mixing in another post)- it need not be the exact same as in if you chose a polka dot crop top then what ever bottoms, jacket, scarf etc. that you choose could be a smaller or larger print of the same pattern. Does that make sense? I sure hope it does, but for those of you who are more visual. I have included a picture. 
I chose to pattern mine with an oversize houndstooth blazer which I love and have had a long time! I thought about parting with it, but then changed my mind. However, if you do like the blazer I found one almost identical to it here: (http://www.shein.com/Black-Lapel-Houndstooth-Pockets-Blazer-p-240409-cat-1735.html)

4. At this point you have a look and you could just choose to move forward and accessorize, or you could add another dimension to your look by adding a third matching print item. Again the size of the print doesn’t matter even if it’s different from the other two.Or you could choose to add an additional complimentary piece. In this particular look, I did a houndtooth scarf as well. 
Below- I have done both. I chose to put a “vintage” sweater with the leggings and to the right I chose to add an infamous American Apparel body suit. I think they gave to completely different vibes to an otherwise similar outfit. You could also choose to a denim blouse of which I also have picture. 

5. Lastly, accessorize. It is my humble but expert opinion that you should always add a         solid but loud colored non-matching purse. Not a pattern because you already have so much pattern but a loud colored purse opposite any pattern or color combination that you may be wearing sends a clear message of “Look at Me! I’m trendy”. If you are not as welcome to the idea of drawing attention to yourself then perhaps you may just want to add a solid colored black or brown bookbag purse. That still says I’m trendy just not as loudly.

So what do you guys think and what is your preferred look? Do yo like the all matching prints? Is this a yay for you or not?  Let me know. As always, I would love to see you do it.