Silver Lining :: plaid + floral

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I don't know about you but in the late winter months I feel unmotivated to look cute on the regular. The silver lining to this freezing cold? Sharpening your styling skills by challenging yourself to create stylish looks despite the chilly temps and desperate want for spring. If nothing else it'll give you some 
much needed inspiration!  
To add some excitement to my daily winter attire, I decided to mix it up with some pattern infusion. Dark plaid and bright florals are fresh and playful - a great way to enliven a grey afternoon. 
Wearing vivid colors, with lips to match, is my favorite way to put a pep in my step. It's amazing what a blast of color can do. 
I added a dark blue bracelet to compliment the plaid in my top. When it comes to flannel button-downs, I always prefer one of the dark-hued and oversized variety. I found this one at H&M last fall and fell in love with it's slouchy fit and comfy fabric. 
How cute is the puff ball on this black beanie? I'll tell you what, it's the cherry to my ice cream sundae! 
This Tiffany & Co. necklace was a Christmas gift from my parents back when I was still in middle school. For those of you who know me well, you probably know that I wear this a lot. It's my go-to piece without a doubt and for a long time I wore it every single day. It holds a special place in my heart as well as in my collection. 
Never without a watch! 
Photos by Brooke Faison 
[plaid button-down: H&M, scarf: Urban Outfitters, jeans: Gap, hat: Loft, thigh-high boots: Ann Taylor, earrings: Ann Taylor, necklace: Tiffany & Co., watch: Fossil, blue bracelet: Ann Taylor, bangle: Alex & Ani, leather bracelet: Michael Dawkins

In my last post it was 74 degrees, in this post it was in the 40s, and today as I type this it is 34 degrees and there's snow on the ground. So although I'm in North Carolina, winter is clearly still going strong. Unfortunately. But as much as I cannot wait for warmer weather and longer days, there is a silver lining. 

With each passing day - each one colder than the last - I've been learning to get  more creative with my winter wardrobe, striving to put together an outfit that I feel energized about. This endless freezing cold has left me feeling inspired to create stylish and attractive looks despite my urge to just throw on a sweatshirt every day. It's been an invigorating style challenge! 
SHOP :: 


  1. Super chic look, love the way you mixed up plaid and florals. Gorgeous scarf !

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  2. Nice outfit!
    Love the boots..
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  3. you look amazing! :)

  4. Love that beanie and scarf combo - they suit you perfectly!

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  5. I definitely understand what you are saying about challenging yourself as I have a very similar process going on in late winter as I tend to wear more spring like garments that are not exactly frost or cold friendly! That is when layering comes in very handy! :)
    Anyways, I am really loving this outfit Kat, I like that you played with plaid and floral together- I have never thought that that combination could look so good! Props to you!

  6. the plaid shirt is so pretty!:) lovely combination!

  7. You are so pretty! Love your scarf <3

  8. You look gorgeous, I love your curls! x

  9. You're scarf is so cute! Love it :)

  10. I'm exactly the same in cold weather, just can't be bothered to look nice haha. This is such a nice outfit though, love the pattern mix :) x
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  11. you are really good at mixing prints and colors.
    i love this look.
    the scarf makes it more interesting.

    Ms. Kei

  12. You're outfits inspire me to want to look cute even in extremely cold weather! haha :) I love your scarf & how you mixed patterns!

  13. love this combination! And your hair is lush! Gorgeous xx

  14. Love the plaid/floral combo!

    Amy Ann
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  15. Cute scarf!!


  16. You are bringing the spring to us with this floral scarf! love it!
    I can't wait to wear florals and less layers

  17. Oh I know I swear every day I look at my closet and I am like ugh, it is too cold for anything! Love the florals with the plaid and contrast of colors. Never would have thought this would go together but it totally works.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  18. You are so beautiful and loved the way you have layered the look!! Absolutely fabulous! <3

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  19. I love the winter look you have going on here. Pom poms are basically the best thing ever. They make beanies WAY more fun!


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  20. Just found your blog, it's so cute. I love the scarf paired with them plaid!

  21. I love the balance of patterns between the plaid and your scarf! You look gorgeous ;) I agree, sometimes it's hard to dress up in the winter because it's sooo cold and all you feel like doing is wrapping up in a cozy sweater!


  22. Chic and laidback - my kind of style! You rock this look, Kat!

  23. Scarf <33333333333333333

  24. Oh wow.. I never knew plaid and floral can look so good together! You look fantastic Kathleen, great styling! <3

    Take care always, love Christine ~ xx

  25. My favourite part of this look is the scarf! Never would've imagined that plaid and floral would work so well together but you pull it off!

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  26. i love tartan perfect shirt!!

  27. You look amazing . I love your style :D
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  28. You look amazing! I love your boots :)

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  29. Looking smashing, perfect mix & match!!!!
    Cool boots!!
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  30. You look adorable Kat! Love the mix of prints and the cool booties! Happy Sunday pretty!

    xx /

  31. looking very pretty!!

  32. Love the scarf and the color on your lips :)

  33. I like this look very much. I immediately fell in love with your boots. They look amazing on you. By the way, I have also an account on Instagram since very recently. I also followed you via Instagram and would be happy if you follow me back! :)
    I wish you a wonderful Sunday! :)

  34. This is such a fun look!


  35. I feel you about not really wanting to have to get dressed these days. I love the floral and plaid together! It's perfect for transitioning from winter to spring!

  36. Hi sweetie
    so adorable shirt!!!
    I love this outfit.
    Kisses and Have a sweet week
    Maggie D.
    Fashion Blog Maggie Dallospedale fashion diary

  37. so nice. :) pretty. I like your top! :)


  38. Awesome. So chic! I really like the scarf you wear. Also, the accessories you have, especially the necklace and the watch. I have seen something like that from an online retail fashion accessories shop. Anyway, you look stunning!