[When moving into either a dorm or an off-campus apartment, your wardrobe will face two major challenges: 1. A major lack of funding (to add more to it), and 2. A major lack of storage space (for all the crap you’ve got). For these two reasons, maximizing what you already own becomes essential. That’s why you need to learn to Shop Your Closet. Each week, I’ll show you how to wear 1 item 3 ways – with the stuff you most likely already own! – to get the most out of your purchases.]
As plaid shirts have been super popular the last few years, pretty much every college girl has one in her wardrobe. (This college girl has 5. NBD.) If not, it’s easy to find someone to beg, borrow or steal (and return washed) one from. If you have a plaid shirt that is flannel, it’s a great way to add pattern to your daily wardrobe, while still having a cozy piece of clothing to face the cold in.
Since this item has been around for several seasons, it can be hard to find new, exciting ways to bring life to this wardrobe staple. That’s why I’m here. I’ve got three outfits to get you started.
Who says plaid shirts can’t be sexy? Want to wear yours out for a night on the town? Put it with a sequin (or other statement) skirt, for an unexpected look. A boyfriend blazer anchors the outfit, while keeping to warm. A pair of great heels, and a bracelet finish off this look. If you want warmth on your legs, a pair of tights – either nude or black – will work with this look. For a long leg line you can also wear boots with your black tights.
Have a simple tank dress you’ve been dying to wear despite the cold weather? Well, by putting an open flannel shirt over it and the putting a cardigan over that, you’re adding two layers on your arms for extra warmth. Belt it to accentuate your waistline, taking away some of the bulk from the outfit. Then finish off the look with tights and your boots. Adorably toasty.
Having a lazy day, but still need to leave the house at some point? Try putting your plaid shirt underneath a slouchy sweater (this will also work with one of your longer cardigans or any item borrowed from a boy). You’ll have the soft feeling on flannel next to your skin, paired with the warmth of a cozy sweater. This look can be worn with leggings, assuming your sweater covers your butt, or skinny jeans. Your favorite boots and a thick pair of socks will have you cute enough to trek out for brunch and comfy enough for even your laziest, most hungover mornings.