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Plaid Workwear Is The Huge Office Style Trend This Winter

It’s not always so easy to feel stylish or on-trend when at the office. You may feel restricted by your work wardrobe because of company expectations, or bank balance realities. Well, this winter might just be the most stylish time to be in the office.

Checks, tartan, plaid – whatever you call it – is huge this season and the hero pieces in this trend are blazers, pants and coats. Hello plaid workwear! You might’ve spotted those double breasted check blazers all over your Facebook feed. It’s almost like those who don’t have to wear a blazer, just want to.

Don’t overthink plaid workwear 

Not often is a trend so wearable. The most classic interpretations are made up of neutrals, like black, white and grey. You shouldn’t have a problem finding variations in both the subtle check or a bolder plaid print. And you don’t have to spend much to make it work.

Whether you’re a neutral capsule wardrobe dresser or favour a brighter palette, it’s easy to incorporate, and almost impossible to mess up.

As with all prints, plaid attracts the eye, so do consider how bold you want to go and to which area of the body you are drawing attention. The simplest option is a blazer. Opt for double breasted and throw it over any or all of your go-to work combos. This is also the easiest way to update your jeans/tee/blazer look for smart-casual days at your desk.

Try this

  • Instead of reaching for a black blazer try a plaid blazer instead. It adds interest and means you can stop worrying about whether all your black items match.
  • This print loves to be paired with neutrals. In fact if dressing head to toe in camel or grey or even navy seems scary, wearing a plaid blazer or coat over the top might be the solution, giving you a few more 9-to-5 outfits.
  • Print mixing is a great way to get more out of your wardrobe. If you’ve got a plaid coat or jacket in neutral plaid print, try mixing a striped shirt or top or dress in neutral colours underneath.
  • Is colour your thing? Bright red tones look incredible alongside plaid. A red blouse or jumper with plaid pants topped with a grey coat looks incredible.
  • Coloured plaid is a further progression of this trend and while not quite as adaptable, works well pared back with all your neutrals like grey, taupe and white. Try to avoid bright plaid with black.

A funny thing about this trend is you may already own something with it. Classic workwear has often leaned into neutral palettes and prints and certainly plaid or check is not a stranger to this wardrobe landscape. Take a look at what’s already in your wardrobe and you may just realise some of your staples are now back on trend.

Just a touch

As with all trends, the easiest and sometimes cheapest way to get amongst it is with your accessories. There are certainly plaid shoes, belts and ties around, but scarves might be the easiest accessory to stay warm and stylish through winter.


Gemma is a Melbourne based Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. The Founder of Dress Your Best, she’s obsessed with helping women celebrate their bodies and dress for the life they want.