One Piece – Two Ways: Plaid Shirt

By Kelly Gartner

It’s fall, and that means plaid is everywhere – in shirts and scarves, bedding and blankets, dishes and decorations. I was in Target the other day, and I kept telling myself: “You have enough plaid. You have enough plaid.” I’m not sure I believe that, but it did help me keep my total down at checkout!

Most of the pictures I see on Pinterest show plaid styled in a casual way – with leggings, a puffer vest, and Hunter rain boots or with skinny cords and riding boots. I love those ideas, but I wondered what a dressier plaid shirt outfit would look like. I found this cute shirt from J. Crew and styled it with a black pencil skirt and pumps for a work-appropriate look and with skinny jeans and peep toe booties for a casual outfit. What do you think?

I love the ruffle on this plaid shirt – it dresses it up a bit. I don’t work in an office, but if I did, I think I would try this shirt with a pencil skirt and black pumps.


My exact shirt is sold out, but Nordstrom has this cute tunic with a similar pattern. These from Lands’End, Gap, and Old Navy are cute, too, and check out this post for 16 more plaid shirt options!

I styled a plaid shirt five different ways for the Kelly Gartner Style Fall 2016 Challenge, a 27-piece capsule wardrobe that will help you look and feel fabulous in what you’re wearing every day. It’s an easy, affordable way to have your own personal stylist help you shop and put together outfits this fall.

When you sign up for the challenge, you will receive a downloadable shopping list with links to recommended items, 21 outfit ideas using clothes from the list, and membership in a private Facebook group where fellow challengers and I will share outfit pictures, style tips, the best deals on wardrobe items, and encouragement for our personal style journeys. You can find out more here. I hope you will join us!


erin-close-up-greyABOUT KELLY

I am a native Houstonian, former teacher, personal stylist, and closet organizer. I have a closet full of clothes, shoes, and accessories that I love– I actually enjoy getting dressed in the morning!– but that wasn’t always the case.

Six years ago, I was a teacher in a fashion rut. I reached for the same clothes day after day, and I didn’t care whether or not I looked stylish. That changed when I became a stylist for Stella & Dot, a jewelry and accessories company.

I realized I needed to upgrade my wardrobe to complement the beautiful jewelry I was wearing, so I went shopping and bought a black sweater set, a grey skirt, and black heeled boots. I remember putting on a bold necklace of pearls intertwined with sparkly cupchains, tied with a pink grosgrain ribbon, and feeling like a new person!

I created the Kelly Gartner Style Fall 2016 Challenge because I want you to have that feeling, too, but I know you’re busy and don’t have time to spend hours shopping and putting outfits together. The Style Challenge is a tool to help you shop with a purpose and build a mix-and-match wardrobe of clothes, shoes, and accessories you will wear season after season.

I hope you will join us so you can say goodbye to stress and indecision in the morning, and say hello to looking and feeling great every time you walk out the door!