Stripes and Plaids: Fashion No No or Fashion Yes Yes?

Updated on February 12, 2013

YES They DO Go Together

There has always been the grand debate (for as long as I can remember) of whether stripes and plaid (or any patterns for that matter) can be mixed and worn together. Well, I am going to give my opinion on this topic here.

Ever since I was little I would always want to wear stripes and plaid together, but my best friend would yell at me (along with her mother and sisters) that it was not socially acceptable to wear the two patterns together. I would say that during the years when I was younger, it was unacceptable, but now a days it is starting to become more socially acceptable. I personally think they have always gone together though (but who am I to decide? I mean I am not the best fashion expert out me!). I use to tell my friend, "you just wait, one day it will be ok to wear stripes and plaids together!" Well, the day has FINALLY come and it IS acceptable (in reason)!

In general, mixing any patterns together is tricky, but it is a great way add a ton of new variety to your daily outfits! You just have to make sure you are careful when putting the two patterns together because when you don't, well, that is when people say you can never wear stripes and plaid together. Mixing these two patterns will give you a chance to make your clothing more personal and individualistic. If done correctly, the two patterns will look absolutely AMAZING together!

Some Rules...

Now don't get me wrong, I do agree that not ALL stripes and plaids go together. You do have to match them well, but they DO go together and you CAN wear them together. Here are some tips that I have come up with for you:

1. Keep whatever other colors you are wearing to a minimum because if you add a lot you will look sloppy.

2. You can add one of the patterns in simply by just adding an accessory (like a scarf or something). This will allow you to not stand out tooo much!

3. One piece of the clothing (whether the stripes or the plaids) should be more vibrant and LOUD! Because lets face it...Everyone wants to stand out just a tad :)

Some More Rules...

You can match these two very different patterns together successfully! Make sure the stripes and plaids are around the same size; this means: big stripes with big plaid and small stripes with small plaid. If you decide to wear two striped items, make sure they are different in size (thick and thin). Bigger and bolder patterns are definitely going to make you look bigger and the horizontal patterns are going to give off a wider look, while the vertical patterns are going to give off the taller, thinner appearance.

What are your thoughts on this everlasting, brutal debate? Let me know your thoughts! Is it truly a fashion no no or is it now a fashion yes yes?

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        Ummmm... 3 days ago

        OMG I think it’s totally a fashion no no and not a fashion yes yes trust me I’m a fashionista I know what I’m talking about I knows whats in and what’s out and that is out for sure.

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        Hm 11 days ago

        I don’t think stripes and plaids go together because wearing two patters makes the outfit look really unbalanced. If you wanna look fashionable, balancing each clothing item is important .

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        Imagr 2 months ago

        Third image is my fave

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        Susan davis 3 months ago

        I thought that plaid and stripes where horrible together but then when I found this I recognized that is is better.

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        Theodore Prifti 12 months ago

        Never mix checks plaids stripes!!! That is what circus clowns do! Solid color suit. Checks or plaid or striped tie with solid color shirt is class.

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        hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

        I like your rules for mixing stripes and plaids, but must confess that I freely and thoughtlessly mix stripes, plaids, spirals, little hearts... you name it. I guess I just count on being admired for my enthusiasm ;)

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Like the first black and white stripe and check outfit.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Nice lens !

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        darksalo 5 years ago

        Okay cool,.....Where do I add the Bedazzler accents?

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        webmavern 5 years ago

        I never thought stripes and plaids would look good together, but you have shown they can!

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        ismeedee 5 years ago

        I don't think anything is a fashion no-no anymore. And stripes and plaids often look great together, why not?

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Your articles and the photographs make clear that stripes and plaids can go together, but I still can't do it. Makes me dizzy when I look at it too. Perhaps, since I've just turned 50, I'm no longer hip :-).

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        I love the look of stripes and plaid when the color theme matches - great idea for interior decorating too

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        SteveKaye 5 years ago

        Right now I'm wearing a plaid flannel shirt. Amazing coincidence.

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        Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

        I've never been fond of mixing stripes and plains and hoping this is just a fad. Too many other good choices to be mixing plaids with stripes. Guess I am just old!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        I love it and I'm going out shopping now! Great photos, but that Betsey Johnson video? Who would ever where those outfits except to a costume party?! Great shoes though!

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        Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

        A fashion yes, yes, as you can see from the photos. Great fashion tips!

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        Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

        Great explanation and awesome examples of how to wear stripes and plaids together. I'm lovin' the look!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        THis is sooo cool. I am going to try to put some plaid/stripe outfits together this week!