10 Fresh Ways to Wear Plaid AND…a Giveaway!!!

How to Wear Plaid-NoSmallLife

Are you jumping in the leaves yet? ‘Cause it’s the 1st day of Fall ya’ll!


That’s right, I said it. I am finally ready to embrace Fall…even though I may be among the last to the party. While everyone else is itching to get into their boots and sweaters I’m usually wearing skirts and sandals right up until the last appropriate minute. But then last year, I had an epiphany…


            I used to only think of clothes in terms of “summer” and “winter.” I mean, I live in Michigan after all, Spring and Fall are mere blips on the radar unfortunately. BUT, my epiphany led me to the conclusion that there truly are some looks you can only wear in the fall. Some things only work well either:

A.  above 40 degrees OR

B. before you cover them with a winter coat


(Ever try to hide a fur vest under a wool coat?  You look like the little brother from “A Christmas Story.” I should know, I’ve done it. )


So finally, if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em. I’m throwing up my hands in surrender and choosing to embrace fall and all the infinity scarfs that go along with it.


Fall and Fashion are synonymous with each other. Maybe it’s because Fashion Week lands in the beginning of September or maybe it’s because we were conditioned to go school shopping for around 13 years of our lives. (Don’t you miss that?) Whatever the case may be, there’s an excitement in the air when riding boots start replacing peep toes and today we’re going to get in on the excitement! AND True to No Small Life form, we’re doing it on a budget! Because funds or the lack there of are never a reason for you not celebrate your life through style. SO, today we’re talking about how to get in on the No.1 Trend for fall. Are you ready…it’s…



I know, novel right? Try and contain your shock, plaid is in for fall.  (She said in a monotone voice.) BUT, before you go assuming you can just dust off your old flannel shirts… this year’s plaid has a twist. Plaid has gone girly.  Don’t think those words belong in the same sentence? Here’s proof. Check out these adorable Betsy Johnson finds:


 Pretty n Punk Plaid Infinity Scarf in Cream

Betsy Johnson Plaid Infinity Scarf

Pretty n Punk Beanie Hat in Black

BONUS! It’s on sale for $6!


Not quite your speed?

Maybe you’re looking for a little something more 9-5.  Try one of these 3 options on for size.


I’m currently LOVING these Plaid Columnist Ankle Pants, and as always remember to check for Express coupons!  Just use the ShopStyle App or ask about text coupons.

Express Columnist Berry Plaid Ankle Pant

Express Columnist Berry Plaid Ankle Pant

Feeling more girly? Try this classic pencil skirt. It would look great with those skinny neck tie blouses which are also a huge trend right now.

Plaid Pencil Skirt-NY&C

Maybe you only want to jump on the plaid bandwagon occasionally, say in bad weather? There’s a solution for that:

Western Chief Lumber Boots in Berry Plaid

It would be virtually impossible to be sad while wearing these boots.  Confession: I don’t own rain boots. But these are making a strong case for a new addition to my closet.


Looking for just a fresh take on a classic plaid shirt?  Try this Express Portifino.  With its sheer sleeves, it’s the perfect transition piece into the cooler weather OR great for my buddies in the warmer states looking to still rock your fall.

Express Plaid Portifino Shirt

And if you’re looking for “just a touch” of plaid check out these accessories:

This bag gives a nod to plaid in an oh-so-subtle way

Chic Nova Serpentine Diagonal Bag

Get in on the “blanket scarf” trend without looking like you’ve been swallowed by Paul Bunyon with this Scarf from Shoptiques:

Shoptiques Pink Pineapple Blanket Scarf-NoSmallLife

Or simply dip your toe ( pun of course, totally intended) into the trend with a super funky pair of heels for $34! It’s true, I wouldn’t lie to you about shoes.

Tahari Charter Plaid Floral Pump


Or slip on this comfy pair and run errands all day with your cute little plaid self.


Roxy Ventura Plaid Slip on Sneaker


Don’t ever let lack of funds make your life feel small.  Everything listed here is well under $100 and most of it is on DEEP clearance.  Thanks Shopstyle App! 😉 So go out armed and ready with your coupon apps and get ready to sport this Classic Fall Look!


And while you’re out sportin’ your new plaid, I THINK I promised you a giveaway right?? 😉  Well, I aim to please so here you have it friends.  Let’s usher in Fall together with a Fun Prize Pack Overflowing with over $100 worth of Fall Goodness AND a Starbucks card because…Pumpkin Spice.



SO, let’s make your Autumn all the more awesome just by entering to win this fun prize pack!  It’s filled with all sorts of Fall-themed goodies and a Starbucks gift card. Bring on the PSL’s! Or you know, the Americano’s with EXTRA Cinnamon (high fives to all my food allergies buddies!)…for when I’m gettin’ crazy 😉  I’ve teamed up with 14 other bloggers to bring you all the Fall goodness this September.  Check out their great reads, I know you’ll love what they have to offer!


Fall Welcome Week Hosts
To Travel and Beyond // The Beauty Section // Back to Carolina //

Yellow Dog Pink Pig // Natasha Byrd // Glitz & Gritz // Set Free // Mandy Living Life

Wetherills Say I Do // Life w/ Mrs. G. and the Artist // The Gift of Gab

Sustaining the Powers // Bright Green Door // A Savory Feast // No Small Life

Enter to win just by clicking on the “Rafflecopter” link below!  And follow me and these other amazing ladies on the Social Media’s 😀 AND if you’re a blogger, feel free to add your “Fall Themed” post to our link up.

Good Luck Everybody!  What Starbucks Drink and Cute Plaid thing will you wear to Celebrate Life and ring in this first week of Fall? 


Until Next Time,






Giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age and older. Entries will be accepted via the Rafflecopter below from 9/23/2015 to 9/30/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be randomly selected and will be verified. Winner will be emailed and must respond with a mailing address within 48 hours to claim their prize.

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  1. I’ve got a few plaid shirts ready to go for Fall but I’m loving those plaid slip ons!


  2. Plaid is definitely in this Fall! I love those boots you found. Too cute! They are great for Florida since it’s been raining so much lately.


  3. I had to check out your post, because I LOVE plaid! I really love that leather plaid bag!



  4. SO much cuteness here :). I love the beanie and rain boots. I honestly don’t think I have anything plaid right now. I guess I need to do some shopping!


  5. Very cute, I have lots of plaid in my closet and I’m always looking for a way to freshen it up, so to speak! 🙂


  6. I haven’t worn plaid in such a long time. I think I’m too old for it…lol. My kids love plaid though.


  7. I LOVE fall….It’s the perfect season up here in Ontario, Canada. We practically live in the plaids LOL.


  8. I love your thoughts on fall. Being from Wisconsin, I have similar feelings. Fall is the best time to wear cute jackets, blazers, and such, as it is winter so fast, we don’t get a lot of wear out of them. Great pics! Love the purse, and the smaller version of the blanket scarf. I have the large version, and have never worn it because I feel ‘swallowed’ up in it. Maybe I should cut it in half!


  9. I LOVE that scarf. I’ve been looking for one exactly like it. So does everyone else it seems because it’s sold out!!!!!!!


  10. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Ok I am mad for plaid! Says the girl who named her blog after the pattern! Love these ideas. I have to get those rain boots!!!!


  11. Great round up. I am drooling over the tote and the sneakers! Oh my, they are adorable. Stop by and join our Tuesday Fashion Party Link Up. We’d love to have you join in.
    Betsy and Katey


  12. Love the Express suite and the pencil skirt! It’s time to do a little online shopping…thank you for sharing!!


  13. Great ideas! Pinned and tweeted. We truly appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. Please stop by and party with us again. The party starts Monday at 7 pm and ends on Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls


  14. I LOVE all these plaid choices, especially the pants with jacket and the pencil skirt! Thanks so much for sharing at Share The Wealth Sunday!


  15. Some of those are really cute. I especially like that skirt. Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty link party



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