Wearing flannel for fall and winter

 Fall weather is in the air and this morning my son just announced, “Mom, you need to stock me up on some flannels.”

Considering that he is our one son that cares about fashion, that sparked this post since I’ve pulled out my own plaid and I am on the hunt at thrift stores for those that have been lovingly discarded. Yes, wearing plaid shirts is one my Frugal Fashionista goal this month.

I’ve found some great inspiration pictures down below. Yes, keep scrolling past my pictures. Mine are real life, this is how we can look every day without trying. 😉

It’s so easy to look great with just a fun, flannel (plaid) shirt.

Fall and winter fashion Love wearing plaid

I definitely didn’t plan on having these make it to a Frugal Fashionista post. These are my “around the town for errands” look and obviously, not a day I was caring about hair, make up etc. but I guess that’s why I love it now and why I had my daughter spontaneously take these pics.

We can all dress up our errand look with just a few additions. Add some boyfriend jeans and fringe and you have three of the fall trends met in one cozy and comfy outfit.

Wearing plaid and flannel fall fashion

When I went thrifting last weekend, I found these Loft boyfriend jeans for $5 and the flannel shirt for $3.75 Right now, I’m on the hunt for plaid, gingham checks and flannels. I’m not even looking for anything else, just rushing into Goodwill, scanning the tops for prints and heading out.

I figure if I do this 2-3 times, I’ll hit the jackpot and so far, I’ve found two shirts, plus I am going to look in my son’s closet for some oversized ones. (Although my friend found some great ones at Cosco and TJ Maxx, so I may check there too.)

Fall and Winter plaid fashion

I adore these fringe booties from Payless. I got them for a steal and short boots are so popular right now. They have some great variety, plus this fringe backpack/purse (below) adds such character. My 12 year old has snagged it for herself and insists that moms should not be wearing backpacks, but I think it’s darn cute.

Also, did you know that flare jeans are back in this season? Yep, if you have any stuck way back in your closet, pull them out. Any kind of flare goes this year.

Dress up your plaid and flannels with some fringe

Wearing a plaid shirt under a fur vest is the perfect mix of casual and glam. I love this and am super excited to try this look because I have the jeans, booties, plaid shirt and fur vest. Remember the one I snagged last year? I’m excited.

wear plaid shirt with fur vest


Fur vest and plaid


You guys, remember the fur vest I wore to Fashion Week? Do you think I could pull this look off?  What do you think? They are super similar and I think it would work!! I would have NEVER thought of mixing plaid with it and now I can’t wait to try. I hope it doesn’t make me look like I’m trying to hard. haha

Red-Buffalo-Plaid-Quilted-Vest-White-and-Navy-Striped-Tee-Dark-Rinse-Skinny-Jeans-Cognac-Boots-Cognac-Tote-J.Crew-HM-Gap-Loeffler-Randall-Madewell-11This is the same concept with the vest, yet it carries much more of the casual look we are used to when layered under a puffy vest.

Yep, I have all of those pieces too and can’t wait to style them. I’ll show you when I do (but make sure you follow me on Instagram because I tend to show more fashion there.)

plaid shirt under a vest

We know if Taylor loves plaid, we are in good fashion company. It’s also the perfect time to bring out those long boots, because this is an easy win!

Taylor Swift wearing plaid shirt with long boots

I first wore some bling with my plaid a few years ago and I was a convert after the first day. I had so many ladies come up to me at the basketball game and mention, “I would have never thought to dress that up, but I love it.”


Sometimes we all just need a little inspiration and that’s why this post is fun for me because I’m getting inspired too. I would never have thought to take plaid to this next level and it’s gorgeous.

Wearing plaid shirts dressed up with statement necklace


They are truly dressing up a casual look to something so fabulous.

Create gorgeous fall fashion looks by dressing up your plaid with some bling. dress up a flannel shirt with statement necklace


Do you sense a trend? Statment necklace with plaid works!

Dressed up plaid


Next is something that I am struggling through, but I want to master. It’s that of mixing and matching varying patterns. I LOVE it when I see it on other people, but when I try to do it myself, I have to force myself out of my comfort zone because it doesn’t come naturally.

Yet, it’s bold and fun, so let’s try it together.

Who would ever think to layer camo, plaid and a graphic tee shirt?

plaid shirt mixed with patterns


Plaid under stripes? It works and is just adorable!

plaid shirt under striped sweater

plaids and stripes together


I’m really loving this!

plaids and stripes casual plaid and stripes layered

Now that we all officially want to storm Goodwill to see if we can find any more, I hope you’ve been completely inspired to dust off those old plaid shirts, raid your friends’ or hubby’s closet and enjoy this great look this season.

I’ll leave you with why I could never be a full blown fashion blogger when I have dogs and kids. 😉 Good thing my professional photographer (my 12 year old daughter) has a funny sense of humor. She LOVES to keep taking the pictures when I don’t know. Our poor dogs have been in their kennel because it has been non stop POURING here in NC. They were so happy to see me but they were getting mud everywhere.

The yellow labs just can't stay away

Fall fashion flannel bloopers

And yes, on a superficial fashion note, don’t look too close because the fringe back pack and fringe boots are different shades of brown that I don’t recommend close together in pictures. 🙂

Have you found any fun, frugal finds lately? I’d love to hear.