How To Pull Off A Matching Plaid Set Without Feeling Overwhelmed

The 2023 fashion forecast is here, and plaid sets are back and better than ever. Originally reserved for the fall season, plaid has become a staple all year round (we have Cher Horowitz to thank for this one). In addition to being outrageously chic, plaid can redefine your shape. If you want to slim down your figure, try out a smaller print, and reach for larger checks to accentuate certain areas, advises Style By Dani. Bold plaid sets can be overwhelming, but with the right tips and tricks, they're surprisingly easy to style.

The key to creating the perfect matching plaid outfit is adding different elements to the look, from bold accessories to eye-catching shoes. With that said, if you're in need of some style inspiration, we've got you covered. Keep reading to learn how to pull off a matching plaid set without feeling overwhelmed. Trust us — 2023 will have no idea what hit 'em. 

Break up the look with a bold handbag

Creating the perfect plaid outfit is all about the accessories, specifically handbags. By adding a bold bag like the one you see here, you're bringing another focal point to the fit. This takes some of the attention away from the set so it isn't too overwhelming to look at.

Chuck on a blouse for a more professional look

Yes, matching plaid sets can work in a professional setting — it all comes down to how you style it. We personally love a blazer-skirt or blazer-pant combo paired with a flowy white or neutral blouse. The blazer says professional, but the blouse gives it that chic touch. Who says work attire has to be boring?

Mix up the patterns

It may seem counterintuitive, but you can actually pull off a matching plaid two-piece by incorporating different patterns into the rest of the outfit. Simply add a mix-matched blouse or t-shirt underneath the top half of the set. If you want to tone down the look, keep the blazer or jacket closed so the contrasting pattern barely peeks out.

Add a button up and loafers for an academic vibe

To unleash your inner prep schooler, shoot for a pants set like the one featured above. Add a button up underneath, but keep it untucked to grunge up the look. As far as shoes go, platform loafers are your best bet (nothing says academia like a nice pair of chunky loafers).

Keep the rest of the outfit neutral

The easiest way to prevent any matching set from being too overwhelming is by keeping the rest of the look neutral. Which color you choose depends on the main colors in the set. For example, as you can see in the photo above, the model chose to highlight the black tones in the pattern by adding a simple black bandeau.

Draw some attention to the shoes

Much like the bold handbag we mentioned earlier, with the right shoes, you can totally rock the matching plaid esthetic. This way, people see the outfit in its entirety, not just the set on its own. To elongate your legs, we recommend pairing a knee-high boot with a skirt set, and a pointed-toe stiletto with pants.