Plaids and Plus Sizes

Plaids and Plus Sizes: How to master the season’s most important print

First things first: plaid is a print. It’s not a fabric. So often, people confuse flannel with plaid. Sure, most flannel shirts are plaid, but they can also be solid colors, too. The soft, brushed-on-both-sides feel of flannel can’t be limited to a single fabric. So when we say we seriously love plaid, and want to see everyone wearing it, we mean more than flannel shirts. Whew, got that out of the way. Because our love for plaid is serious. And when you love something that much you never want to be without it – no matter the season. Read on for a few of our suggestions on how you can incorporate plaid into your plus size wardrobe throughout the year and master the season’s most important print.

Spring in to action at work:

Keeping your business wardrobe fashionable can be a challenge, especially when you’re trying to break from the cover-every-inch-of-me-I’m-freezing rut of winter. Classic yet casual at the same time, a pattern like plaid makes for a great transition pant – and not just for the season. Not too dressy and yet just dressy enough thanks to the pre-hemmed ankle length that works perfectly with a pair of classy black heels or stylish pumps for work.

We know that wearing plaid on bottom can be intimidating, that’s why we make ours from a stretch fabric with a comfortable contour waist. The combination is intended to give you a flattering silhouette to compliment every curve you’re proud of without giving the illusion of added width. Pair your compliment-inviting plaid pants with a plus size blouse or fitted jacket and you’ll be the star at any staff meeting/impromptu happy-hour/karaoke sing-a-long you encounter this spring.

Surviving that summer heat:

Summer without barbeques is like July without sticky humidity and uncontrollable frizz: it’s just not happening. Keep things light at your next backyard shindig in a pair of fun and festive plaid shorts. Whether you prefer something a little longer like Bermuda chino shorts with a slimmer (but not too slim) leg shape or a more classic Chino cut, the shorts you’ll find at Lands' End make socializing in comfort a breeze.

Like our plaid pants, our plus size shorts are made from fabric with a hint of stretch to accommodate curvy hips. And if you’re worried the plaid pattern is too bold for plus size shorts, don’t be. A subtle plaid like herringbone is great for distracting attention from one specific area and smoothing out lines. But the most important thing about wearing a bold pattern on bottom is to make sure the fit is right. So if you feel like there’s too much pull at the waistline go up a size. Because, really the most important thing in an outfit should be your comfort. Wouldn’t you agree?

Of course a linen tunic in plaid is another great summer wardrobe must-have. The breathable linen fabric is the perfect weight for warm weather and, honestly, the exact thing you’ll need to shade your skin from those harsh UV rays. And when things get a little too hot to handle you can roll up the sleeves like it ain’t no thang (because it’s not—there’s a button for that). From pool party coverup to cute weekend adventure wear, this is one versatile piece you’ll be wearing all summer.

Fall into outerwear fashion:

Keep your outerwear fashionable this fall and incorporate a fun plaid quilted jacket or long wool coat into your everyday wear. Not only will they keep you warm on those brisk fall days but you’ll love how easy they make it to dress up any look. And don’t underestimate the power of a plaid scarf. Great for a pop of color or pattern to an otherwise muted look, the right plaid scarf can add that little something you never knew you were missing (but now clearly won’t be living without).

Winter sweater weather:

We know that when the temperatures drop your wardrobe priorities shift, and cute and stylish is not nearly as important as warm and comfy. But why should it be one or the other? We think you deserve to have it all, which is why we love our cold weather plaid must-haves. They’re designed with your size in mind, meaning we take the time to adjust the measurements on all of our plus size plaid no-iron shirts, sweaters, turtlenecks and pajamas so that we can offer you the best fit possible.

Use your layering skills to stay warm and stylish this winter. A cotton cardigan over a plaid no-iron shirt is a great look for winter weekends by the fire. Try a classic plaid turtleneck beneath a quilted vest or jacket for another go-to winter wonderland look we’re more than a little fond of. However cold (or not so cold) your winter may be we’re sure there’s a plaid layered look you’ll love warming up to this season.

Don’t suffer through the seasons without your precious plaid. Shop landsend.com today and find all the pieces you need to keep your love for plaid alive throughout the year.

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