What Style of Shirt Would You Wear With Plaid Checked Pants?

Christina Hendricks wears plaid pants to a TV show taping.

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Sometimes regular old jeans or slacks just don't cut it -- it's true! Changing it up and wearing plaid checked pants is a fun and fashionable way to sport a whole new look. Of course, matching shirts with plaid is not as easy as with your favorite jeans, but there are various ways you can play up your awesome pants and wear this look with confidence.


The T-shirt is an obvious, but effective, top to wear with your plaid pants. You'll want to take a look at the color scheme and go with either a color within the pant or a neutral tee like black, gray, tan or navy. Any T-shirt style will do -- play up your own personality. If you like the retro or rocker look, wear a ripped up or vintage T-shirt. If you're generally more feminine, choose a soft fabric with smaller sleeves. Regardless, this is a foolproof way to dress with your plaid pants.

Button-Up Blouse

The button-up blouse looks amazing with plaid pants. Just think of a more masculine, modern take on the schoolgirl look and tuck in (or don't!) your button-up blouse. To avoid looking like you're wearing a uniform, however, play up your accessories and add some unique personal touches.

Tank Top

For warmer weather or layering purposes, go with a tank top. Tuck it in, or leave it hanging out of your plaid pants. Simple tanks work well or to add a splash of femininity; try one with floral or beaded embellishments on it. You can play around with fabric textures. Andrea Linett noted at Lucky Magazine in 2009 that just because you're wearing plaid "doesn't mean you have to keep everything else quiet." Your tank can have some fun patterns if you're bold enough to pull off multiple prints at once.


Your tunics can also work with plaid pants. If the pants are skinny fit, rock an oversize t-shirt or long sleeve for a great casual look. Belt your tunic if you need to add shape to your look, either at your waist or your hips. This look works best if your pants have some shape to them as you don't want to appear to be drowning in fabric.

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