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Plaid trousers are so versatile and fun, they’ll fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. From outfits meant for the office to casual styles you can lounge around in at home, there’s no end to how many different combinations you can put together. No matter what you've got in your closet, there are tons of cool looks you can create to showcase your style.

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For a classic look: Plaid pants with a solid top[1]
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For work: Plaid pants with a fitted button-down shirt[2]
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    This outfit is great for the office or after-work drinks. Choose a button-down in a color that matches your pants or opt for a neutral like white. Your patterned trousers add a nice visual pop of style, and your understated top won’t risk making your outfit look too busy.
    • If a button-down is too stiff for you, go with a silk blouse instead.
    • High heels would look lovely with this outfit, and the same goes for oxfords or brogues.
    • Complete this outfit with a few necklaces and rings to dress it up, or stay neutral with a small scarf and a fedora.

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For a business casual outfit: A blazer and plaid pants[3]
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    Take your plaid pants to work with this professional ensemble. Choose pants that are fitted or tailored to keep that business casual vibe. Underneath your blazer, wear a solid-colored button-up or a silk camisole tucked into your pants.
    • Complete your outfit with a pair of nude or neutrally-toned shoes. Pumps or loafers would look great!
    • A navy, blue, tan, or black blazer would work best with this combo. Anything too bright risks clashing with the pattern of your pants.
    • If you want to go bold, try matching your blazer to your pants for an all-over plaid look.
    • Finish off this outfit with a pair of small stud earrings. Add a tie if you want a more formal ensemble.

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For a preppy look: Plaid trousers and a plain polo[4]
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For a sleek winter option: Turtleneck and plaid trousers[5]
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    This works for a day at the office or a night out with friends. A black turtleneck would look sophisticated, as would a cream or tan one. Tuck your turtleneck into your pants for a sleeker feel.
    • Wear high heeled shoes for a dressier look, or keep things minimalistic with flats or ankle boots.
    • For example, a black turtleneck with burnt orange plaid pants would be superb for fall.
    • If the weather is cooler, you could wear a nice peacoat or even a leather jacket.
    • Add a few long necklaces to draw attention to your high neckline, and throw on some hoop earrings for a fun addition.

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For a cozy cold weather look: Plaid pants and a sweater[6]
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    Comfortable and stylish, this look is perfect for chilly winter months. For a fun visual play, match your sweater's shade to one of the colors in your pants. For the best look, choose a solid-colored sweater to avoid overwhelming the plaid.
    • For example, a sea-green mohair sweater would look sweet with navy-blue plaid pants that have lines of light green or blue running through them.
    • Add a little more style to your outfit by tucking the front of your sweater into your trousers.
    • An oversized cardigan would work well, too. Wear it over top of a simple white or black tee.
    • If you’re not a fan of the oversized look, go with a cropped sweater instead.
    • Finish off this look with a small handbag and a few simple rings (make sure they don’t get caught in your sweater)!

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For lounging: Sweatshirt and plaid pants[7]
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For a chic, form-fitting outfit: Plaid pants and a bodysuit[8]
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    This is a great look for a date or night out with friends. A cream-colored or black bodysuit underneath fitted plaid trousers is simultaneously dressed up while still allowing you to feel comfortable in your own skin.
    • Finish your look with a pair of high heels or pumps and a simple leather clutch.
    • Try wearing a red bodysuit with red plaid pants for a bright, vibrant look. Tone it down a little with a black or white bodysuit and neutral plaid pants.
    • Throw your essentials into a backpack to keep this look laid-back and casual.
    • Accessorize with a choker and some hoop earrings.

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For a casual feel: Graphic tee and plaid pants[9]
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    Embrace the punk look with this comfy outfit. Try tucking in your tee or wearing a cropped top for a more styled and intentional look. Choose a shirt that complements the color of your pants.
    • A light denim jacket will look best with this outfit—if there are patches, pins, or worn-out areas, that’s even better.
    • To keep the look on the chic-grunge side, add a pair of lace-up combat boots. Converse shoes would also look great if you want something lighter.
    • Add some spiked jewelry or a big handbag to make this outfit feel complete.

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For an edgy vibe: Plaid pants and a leather jacket[10]
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