I'm a big believer in blazers (say that 3x fast!) because they can take my typical Mom uniform of jeans + tee to the next level without much fuss. Throw it on and you immediately look more polished, even if you haven't washed your hair in two days. Not that I'd know anything about that.
And while a solid black or navy jacket is a wardrobe staple, a plaid jacket can be just as versatile - and let's face it - more fun! I grabbed this J. Crew Schoolboy last fall during a fabulous sale, and it's proven to play nicely with so many other components in my closet that I just had to give it it's own blog post!
J. Crew Schoolboy Patterned Blazer (ebay | Poshmark) | J. Crew Striped Tee | Pilcro "Stet" Skinny Jean (Poshmark) | Frye Boots
Steve Madden Clutch | Madewell Cap (similar) | Gap Leopard Skinny Belt | Perry Street "Monica" Necklace
When you're picking out that perfect plaid, it helps to consider what other colors/patterns you wear often. I have a lot of navy stripes and dots in my closet already, as well as some red, so I knew those would work perfectly with the colors of this blazer. Here I paired it with a red stripe (though navy, orange, burgundy or mustard would have worked too!) Don't worry about matching colors exactly. The beauty of plaid is that the colors blend together to make a whole, so you can get away with varying shades and still look coordinated.
This red stripe combo is one of my faves, but I've styled this jacket with so many more of my closet basics. I just looked for tops with similar colors as the jacket - blues, reds, oranges. Remember, the colors don't need to match, they just need to go. And when choosing a patterned top, I tried to make sure it was either smaller (like the coral/navy dot) or larger (like the wide navy stripe) than the pattern of the jacket so they wouldn't compete.
And these eight outfits are really just the beginning. I also want to wear this over a basic denim shirt and jeans - the perfect pop of pattern for a Canadian Tuxedo! And maybe with a beige linen tee and statement pendant necklace? (See, all this outfit planning is why I never have time to wash my hair!) From polka dots to florals, chambray to lace, there's really lots of options to explore. Which one is your favorite?