Want, Find, Love: Plaid Dress

Like so many other people, Fall is my favorite season of the year.  Oh, and I know we’re not there quite yet by the calendar but it’s coming. Summer has been fun but it’s been hot and cooler weather means boots and sweaters and layers and all things cozy. The fashion magazines are full of articles and photo spreads devoted to the big trends and reading through them is one of my guilty pleasures. I plow through them with glee, oohing and aahing, and taking notice of the items I already have that can be reworked in a fresh and more current way as well as making mental notes of new things I might add to my wardrobe.

However, if I limit myself to what I’m told is fashionable then how do I preserve my individuality?  I strive for a unique style with some of this and some of that.  And sometimes, an idea of a style or item that isn’t the current “hot ticket to Instagram fame” will pop into my head and I will go in search of it.  This is the concept behind a reoccurring feature that I’m starting on the blog. “Want, find, love” might be about desiring an item in a specific color or fabric type, or in the case of today’s post, desiring a fabric type in a certain style.

It was a few weeks ago when I saw one on the cover of an online retailer’s catalog and then saw another as a secondary item in a magazine fashion article, that it dawned on me that an item I lacked in my wardrobe was a plaid dress.  Kudos to those marketers, however, the dress in the catalog didn’t suit me and I wasn’t going to pay designer prices for one so it went onto my mental want/find/love shopping list.  Fortunately, it didn’t take me long to find what I was seeking.


Plaid dress – Uniqlo (exact)
Animal print scarf – Charming Charlie (similar if not exact)
Shoes – Blowfish, no longer available (similar look with a wedge heel, another similar look with 1″ wedge)

Any ol’ plaid dress wouldn’t do, I had a list of wants and I intended to get them.  I’d hope to find a dress with a plaid pattern that wasn’t too lumberjacky (check), with a black/gray/brown/taupe color palette (check), that had pockets (check), and had a straight hemline as opposed to a curved shirttail one (check).  I also wanted it to be about knee length (check) and not have roll tabs on the sleeves (check).  So why is it that when I found the nearly perfect dress, I didn’t buy it straight off?

I guess it’s because I didn’t realize how perfect it was while it was hanging on the hanger and I wasn’t in the mood to try it on at the time.  I found myself thinking about the dress and fortunately, I had occasion to be back at that mall about a week later (or maybe I went there deliberately, fine … whatever).  And even more fortunate, the dress was still available for immediate try-on and purchase (as opposed to ordering it online).

My conceptual vision for this plaid dress is “sophisticated grunge” and using it as a layering piece, both under and over other items, and mixing it with a variety of patterns and/or textures.  In some parts of the world, September brings with it a crispness in the air but those of us in sunnier climates will still be dealing with temps in the 80s or above for several more weeks.  In this transitional time, I’ll be wearing the dress with chunky heel sandal/booties (a recent clearance sale steal) and perhaps a cheetah print scarf as you see in these photos.  I promise that you’ll be seeing the dress again and again in the next few months in different and interesting ways.

It seems to me that fashion trends fall in and out of style in a cycle, only to return again with some new spin.  When it comes to trends, how much to do pay attention to fashion “experts”?   Which items are on your want/find/love list for this Fall?  How do you use clothes to showcase your individuality?  I invite you to use the hashtag #wantfindlovestyle for sharing your fashion flare.

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24 thoughts on “Want, Find, Love: Plaid Dress”

  1. Your idea for this new blog feature is great Rena! I think I spend more time than I want to admit in the want and find phases. Loving fashion is the easy part!:-)
    Your new dress is so cute! It’s a unique plaid as well; sort of a muted, misty vibe I think. It looks great with your haircolor and it’s clearly a best loved item of the moment judging from your joyful expression!
    Oh boy, you’re going to have so much fun coming up with cool ways to wear this fun dress as the weather cools off California style. I predict you just might be wanting, finding, and loving another one!!!

    1. Isn’t shopping/buying much like what hunting/gathering used to be? I’m glad that you like the dress and I’ve already got photos of another look with this dress that will in an upcoming post.

    1. Anna, thank you for the support and encouragement. Not only does the new feature switch things up for the blog, but it also helps me to see my wardrobe from a different perspective.

    1. Jennie, I’m glad that you like the pattern and style. As for the booties, I’d seen the canvas and leather strap detail on a flat sandal that I like but something seemed off with the whole look so when I saw it with a chunky heel, I was sold. I may even try them with chunky knit tights when the weather cools down.

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