Hello Wire and Honey readers! My name is Kristina! I am a mom of two, a wife, and a homemaker. I blog over on Eccentric Owl, sharing everyday outfits that feature practical vintage fashion, motherhood, and book reviews. I am so excited to become a part of the Wire and Honey blog every now and then! Today, I am sharing one way I stretch my wardrobe by pairing one top with as many different looks as I can.
Living in a small house, I want to make my wardrobe as practical as possible. This means I don't have a million dresses on rotation, but instead I strive to ensure that all of my clothes can be remixed at leastthree times with other things I own. So today I'm going to show you how I would style this plaid button up shirt for everyday mom life, for work in an office, and for a date out with my husband.
Look One: Mom on the Go
I am a stay-at-home mom, so my everyday garb looks something like this, minus the shoes unless we're off on errands. I find skirts to be infinitely easier to wear than jeans, as I'm not worried about constantly pulling my waistline up or my shirt hem down, and the pockets in this teal skirt are perfect for toting around whatever I need throughout the day (diaper wipes, diapers, toys, snacks... you name it, it's been in my pockets at least once!)
Since the plaid in this shirt has multiple colors, I took a cue from the yellows, blue-greens, and reds to base my entire outfit on. A headscarf keeps my hair out of the way, a red bead necklace doubles as a teething necklace for my 8 month old, and low yellow wedges are stylish and ridiculously comfortable for errand-running. Plus, this kiss-proof red lipstick (Rimmel London has some great shades!) makes me feel on-point even though the rest of my makeup is relatively bare.
Look Two: For the Office
Now I will fully admit: I have only ever worked in one office, and that office had no dress code whatsoever. It was full of construction workers, so as the receptionist I didn't have a very high bar to pass in order to be well-dressed.
Still, I tried to keep it professional. I am fully aware that my idea of office-wear is probably a bit louder than most peoples', but swap this skirt for a black pencil skirt and you've still got a wearable office look! To keep the entire outfit cohesive, I relied on black and red to pull it together. Adding a black cardigan over the top tones down the plaid for a more demure workday, while the hits of red in the polka-dot skirt keep it lively.
A unique brooch helps add personality, and these gold-toed pumps are the perfect accessory to keep the longer length of the skirt from feeling frumpy. Throw your hair up in a simple, clean bun, and you're ready for work!
Look Three: Date Night
You might have been wondering how in the world you could style plaid for a date -- in my mind, plaid is less date night and more woodsy -- but I'm here to show you how glitter and tulle make anything fancy. This tulle skirt has proven to be one of my most versatile skirts, surprisingly enough. The pink is light enough to become a neutral, the shape is perfect with nearly any top, and the elastic waist makes it the most comfortable skirt I own. Since there's some red in the top, I feel like pink is the perfect addition to fancy it up.
And it never hurts to add some pretty jewelry. For this look I decided to button all the way up and let this teardrop necklace do the talking, along with my favorite rhinestone earrings.
Gold glitter heels complete the look. I'm aware that these ones are half a size too big for me, but when I saw them at the thrift store, I had to have them. What's a little space when they're gold, glittery, and only $10?
So tell me, how would you wear a plaid shirt? I hope you enjoyed this inaugural post! If you have items in your closet that you struggle to style more than one way, let me know and I'll tackle a new garment next time!
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