Outfit | Transitional tartan and 10 ways to wear it


As soon as the days start shortening and sunlight evaporates, turning into that crappy grey light which makes everything look drab, my mind immediately turns to tartan. Maybe it's my Scottish heritage (my paternal grandfather was from Edinburgh) or perhaps it's that I lived through the grunge era, but I've always been a fan of tartans and checks.

I'd lost direction with fashion, not knowing really what I could see myself wearing in the near future (other than continuing to mix up older stuff in new ways, of course) but as soon as I saw this checked shirt dress it was like angels singing. Checked shirt dresses are going to be everywhere this autumn/winter and soon enough everyone and their mother will be selling them.

There are a lot of photos of my body and face in this post and I'm unapologetic. I was feeling myself this day and long may it last. You will probably see a lot of this shirt in different ways over autumn/winter. How will I wear thee? Let me count the ways.

Yours Clothing check shirt tunic with tie waist

Transitional tartan for autumn/winter and how to wear it
What's that? Yes I am fabulous, thank you!

Tartan plaid flannel checked shirt dress plus size

Now I sized allll the way up in this shirt, more so than would be to many people's tastes, but I care more for comfort and less for 'flattering' clothes. I wanted to make sure if the dress shrunk in the wash there'd still be plenty of room in it.

There'll be plenty of room for the bulkiest of jumpers underneath this when the weather turns bad. Do bear in mind the poppers come undone very easily so I suggest wearing a camisole underneath unless exhibitionism is your thing. ;)

Transitional tartan for autumn/winter and how to wear it

Unfortunately this top has sold out now as it was less than half price at £12, and demand was high. I hope it'll come back into stock. They also do it in black and white, which I've linked to below.

Plus size checked shirt dress plaid flannel checks

I'm wearing:

Checked shirt tunic with tie waist, past Yours Clothing
Navy leggings, past Everything 5 Pounds
Boots, past season F&F from Tesco

Ways to wear shirt dresses and checked shirts

  1. Worn as a dress over thick woollen tights and chunky boots
  2. Worn over the top of a roll neck jumper (for a proper 70s vibe!) with some flared jeans
  3. Tied at the waist over a pencil skirt, chunky flats and knee high socks
  4. Worn over a band shirt and jeggings/leggings
  5. Worn under a jumper so only the bottom half is showing with knee high boots
  6. Pattern clash - wear it with a horizontal striped top
  7. Layer up with ripped knee jeans, a chunky knit hat and a circle scarf/snood
  8. Wear it over a crop top and pencil skirt
  9. Layer it under a battered leather/faux leather jacket or a denim jacket
  10. Wear it over a plain t shirt dress, the more worn the better
I've made a Pinterest board with some visual cues if you want some more tips. The world's your oyster with checks/plaids/flannels/tartan. They're never going to go out of fashion, and they go with absolutely everything so investing in them is always a sound bet.

Follow Leah (Just me Leah)'s board How to wear shirt dresses and checked shirts on Pinterest.

Will you be wearing shirt dresses or checked shirts in the cold weather? People currently having spring, do you rock the flannel when it's cold?

Would you like more of these 'How to wear' posts from me?

Thanks for reading,
Leah xoxo

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