How to Wear Your Husband’s Plaid Shirt

One thing I’ve learned about dressing and pattern mixing is that plaid goes with literally everything.  It’s like a good attitude, sunshine, or iced coffee.  It just always works.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone utter the words: “I don’t look good in plaid.”  Because EVERYONE looks GREAT in plaid!

There are just somedays when I need things to be easy.  Because with toddlers, nothing is ever easy.  I mean remember those days when I could literally just park my car and get out and go?  Just like that?  No longer.  Now a simple stop for coffee entails diaper bags, wielding a giant stroller, and unbuckling and buckling seat belts.  Not to mention whatever snacks, toys, and other pacifying elements are required.  Because no matter how many times you INSIST it will ONLY BE A FEW MINUTES, you might as well be speaking a foreign language and the tiny humans who rule your life insist that you grab ALL the toys and books.  Just for a Starbucks run.  Half an hour and one coffee drink, two apple juices and chocolate covered food items (and a bucket of sweat pouring off of me) later, I’m repeating this exercise to get back IN the car.  So simplicity being a thing of the past, at times I just need to reach for things that just ALWAYS work without me belting, pinning, layering, or sucking in my gut.  Know what I mean?!?

Because I don’t have enough shirts (insert sarcasm here), I stole one of my husband’s.  With his permission of course.  I really like this plaid shirt…the soft colors and the fact that it’s vintage and super thin and worn.  And plaid goes with EVERYTHING.

First and easiest way to wear plaid.  With bell bottoms of COURSE!!!  I love when plaid shirts are a tad too big so I can tie them at the waist.  Then add jewelry and huaraches and you are so good to go!  These sandals are from Ix Style and they’re the cutest!  They’re fair trade and provide clean water for families in Guatemala when you buy them!

This is the easiest plaid shirt DIY ever.  You basically take your arms out of your sleeves, then tie them around your waist like a belt.  Instant strapless top.  That is my kind of DIY!!!  So cute, fun, and totally creates a different outfit out of the same pieces!

I love plaid tops and patterned palazzo pants.  This is my go-to playdate with my kids outfit with my kids because it’s comfy, casual, and easy.  It looks put together but not like I got inappropriately dressed up to go to a park.  The feather necklace just kind of adds a little extra fun! :)

Hope you’re having a fun, easy Wednesday no matter what you’re doing!


Leggings. My Way.

Leggings are just not my thing.  Don’t get me wrong.  I actually LOVE them.  They are so cute, so comfy, and just so versatile.  Here’s the thing about them that makes them, well, not my thing.  I wore them for two years straight (or what felt like that) while I was pregnant, losing weight, then pregnant again, then losing weight again.  So even the thought of putting them on makes me feel like I’m instantly back in that spot where nothing fits me…except my leggings.  I mean, nothing ruins a perfect article of clothing like wearing it while you’re pregnant or even just feeling overweight.  Hence, my difficulty wearing them now.

Despite my bad association with leggings, I feel like as a mom, there are times in life when I just need to be comfortable, able to crawl under a car to reach a toy, or be in some other strange compromising position that makes a dress or a skirt or even nicer pants just all wrong for the scenario at hand.  When I saw these leggings at HumanKind SLO (our local and amazing fair trade store), I knew these were just the ticket to breaking myself out of my legging rut.  I figured that since I wore the same old black leggings over and over again for a few years, maybe a new and fun patterned pair could help make me feel like I was wearing something brand new instead of the same old same old.

Of course, I wanted to style them as much as I could in “my style”…so wearing them in ways that feel more like ME.  Here’s what I came up with.


I got this really awesome tunic from Target with all that fringe down the sides…and it actually has a slit on either side so it hangs really nicely.  You can see I just put a long black tank top under it.  With the black booties and the Child Of Wild necklace, it’s definitely kind of a fun, dressier way to wear them.


Hippie leggings.  Headscarf, orange tunic (from Forever 21, but this reminds me so much of Halston Heritage!) and Sam Edelman sandals.  I think this’ll be my “I forgot to wash my hair” day outfit.


I got this AMAZING vintage lace duster jacket from Curio SLO and I’m just so excited to pair it with stuff.  I think it could totally be a fun thing to put with these leggings and a long fitted tank.  It’s a way to show off a super vintage piece without adding a ton of bulk underneath it.


I think this is my favorite way.  With a vintage distressed tee, some gold jewelry, and sandals.  It’s so casual, but I feel so cool in it.  I don’t often feel cool personally, so when I find an outfit that makes me feel cooler than I am…I wear the heck out of it!

Okay, okay.  I think I’m getting used to the thought of wearing leggings again.  Thanks HumanKind for selling a pair that I just couldn’t resist… :)