Basics for a Bargain: The Plaid + Statement Necklace Combo for Fall, Inspired by Katy Perry, Rachel Zoe & More!

My posts are a bit far & few between these days- I’m working on my grad thesis, but that hasn’t stopped me from being inspired to expand my wardrobe & accessories choices this fall. The season is certainly in full swing & I’m thinking about my cozy / glam look for Thanksgiving. I have the plaid + statement necklace combination on the brain, especially since my statement necklace obsession is at its peak. Who wouldn’t be too? There’s so much inspiration every time I check out my favorite celebrity style blogs & Pinterest, when style stars are winning the statement necklace game. This includes the always flawless Olivia Palermo, The Honest Company founder Jessica Alba, pop star Katy PerryThe Real cohost Adrienne Bailon, the fearless Rihanna, former Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester, model Amber Rose, & stylist / designer Rachel Zoe

Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba, Katy Perry, Adrienne Bailon, Rihanna, Leighton Meester, Amber Rose, & Rachel Zoe.I couldn’t NOT share some of my favorite street style images from Pinterest, which have inspired this latest post. There are so many different color combos & metal choices to wear when considering plaid & jewelry. The pairing instantly dresses up a work look, makes date night a little more flirty, & mixes up your weekend favorites for a more glamorous options.

Fall's no-fail combo - a plaid shirt plus a statement necklace.It was tough narrowing down which plaid shirts & statement necklaces to select & feature, especially when I have a budget in mind for my readers & savvy shoppers who are looking for affordable fixes to any wardrobe rut. Also, I was eager to select a variety of jewels like rhinestones, beads, or pearls to coordinate with varieties of plaid shirts for any body type. Style knows no size, after all!

SHOP - Old Navy, Forever 21, Love Culture, Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal, Avenue, Target, Dress Barn, & Kohl's.SHOP: 1. classic plaid flannel shirt ($22.00, was $26.94) in red tartan @Old Navy (available in sizes XS – XXL) & bib necklace ($14.90) @Forever 21, 2. vintage wash plaid shirt ($29.95) @Love Culture & statement necklace ($16.99) @Charlotte Russe, 3. Attention plaid shirt ($15.39, was $21.99) @KMartcoin fringe necklace ($6.99, was $12.90) @Wet Seal, 4. plaid shirt ($38.50, was $55.00) in blue @Avenue (available in sizes 18-32) & leaf necklace ($10.40, was $12.99) @Target, & 5. plaid button down shirt ($40.00) in black / white @Dress Barn (available in sizes 1X – 3X) & Apt. 9 pearl necklace ($13.99, was $24.00) @Kohl’s.

If you’re still stuck on how to style this already seemingly busy pairing, what with some major bling over a pattern, think about basics that are not only rich in texture, but luxe in hue. Tuck your plaid shirt into slim bottoms like a pencil skirt or your favorite dark denim skinny jeans. Since fall is all about layers, try out a faux fur vest in a neutral or stylish jacket to reinvent your ensemble. 

What to wear with a plaid shirt & a statement necklace.SHOP MORE: 1. side split midi skirt ($25.50) in burgundy @Missguided, 2. high waist skinny jeans ($69.50) in indigo @LOFT (sign up for emails & get 40% off), 3. faux fur vest ($26.97, was $54.00) in black @Nordstrom Rack, & 4. crepe jacket ($24.99) in red @H&M.

Which plaid & necklace combination speaks to your style? Which celebrity’s statement jewelry game inspires you? For more stylish posts, check out budget-friendly earrings inspired by Jennifer Lawrence & Angelina Jolie, Olivia Palermo’s cover shoot for Holt Renfrew’s new site, how to get Victoria Beckham’s menswear look for less, & Louis Vuitton’s The Spirit of Travel campaign starring Michelle Williams & Alicia Vikander. Happy Styling!


Black Friday Sale Update: Get Up To 60% Off At The Gap + 20% Off Today Only!

It took me some time to warm up to The Gap, only b/c I always saw how high the prices were, but if you keep an eye out on the sales & keep your coupons handy, I’ve learned that this is one of my favorite places to shop for a great deal. On this Thanksgiving day, Gap is sharing an up to 60% off sale online & for today only, you can get another 20% off using code GAPGIFT at checkout.

For some style inspiration, I’ve found some of my favorite pieces to share with shoppers & readers. Not only do I love the styles of these items, but their newly reduced prices are hard to beat for the quality that you’re getting! I’m featuring the cable boatneck pullover ($31.46) in charcoal heather, slim cropped refined dot pants ($34.96), suede belt ($17.46) in electric fuchsia, fitted boyfriend flannel ruffle shirt ($32.97) in navy plaid, 1969 perfect boot jeans ($45.47), buffalo plaid open weave scarf ($20.96) in yellow plaid, & printed ballet flats ($27.96) in camouflage.

Are you a loyal Gap shopper? Is this one of the stores on your must-hit Black Friday shopping list? Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes For Less: Go Plaid in Arnold Zimberg @Bluefly Vs. A Sweet Old Navy Deal!

Bright & fun plaids are a casual way to celebrate the spring!  Not to mention you can really play up the masculinity of a plaid button down like one of these with softer items.  These include a chambray skirt, embellished belt, lace camisole, or some floral jewelry.  But when you’re a Style Darling on a budget, finding the best deals on these timeless & comfy pieces is the best way to go.  Here we have two similar plaid shirts, one is from Old Navy for under $18 & the other is by luxury designer Arnold Zimberg, sold @Bluefly.  The original retail price goes up to $162.00, however the website is selling it for just under $79.  Think about how much you can get @Old Navy for that much.  Give your mouse a little scroll over both images to see which has what price.  What ways would you style a plaid button down?  My go-to would be some dark denim jeans & strappy sandals to keep a touch of femininity in the look, but also carry around a canvas bag if I’m headed out for a lunch date in this.  Check out how celebs wear plaid, like Ashlee Simpson, Charlize Theron, & Jayma Mays! Happy Styling!