Tartan Dresses Round-Up: Affordable Holiday Plaids

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I’ve always been partial to plaid for the holidays. Something about it feels so festive and classic, yet it doesn’t fully scream “Christmas!” like some holiday prints do (which is also how I feel about Fair Isle sweaters, which I rounded up in this blog post). Last year, I found the most fabulous tartan/black-watch plaid style dress from Walmart (I know, I was shocked too!), and it sold out almost immediately when I shared it on Instagram. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for more plaid dresses for the holidays.

While I do LOVE a true tartan print, I’m also a fan of black-watch plaid and other variations of plaid for the holidays, so I’m sharing lots of different options. The best part? There are some very very pretty plaid options from more expensive retailers, but for the sake of this post, I’m only rounding up affordable plaids for this season! However, if you’re willing to spend a little more, Tuckernuck has the cutest plaid holiday dress right now.

By the way, did you know that the tartan print actually originated from Scotland centuries ago? It was used as a Scottish symbol of power. And maybe I love tartan and plaids so much because I’m 1/4 Scottish. 🙂 Since the holiday season is officially upon us, I hope this roundup helps you find something fun to wear for events this season! If you’re looking for more dressy cocktail dresses for the holidays, you’ll find lots in my blog post round up of affordable cocktail dresses.

Let’s dive in.

Tartan Plaid Dresses Round-Up: Affordable Holiday Plaids

Peter Pan Collar Long Sleeve Shift Plaid Dress

I love the feminine look of this Peter Pan Collar Dress from Amazon. The shift style is super cute and perfect for Christmas Eve church services. I’m wearing an XS and it’s under $35! You honestly can’t beat it. I also really love this non-peter pan collared option as well.

1950 Boatneck Cap Sleeve Vintage Swing Dress

How cute is this boatneck vintage swing dress? The style is totally retro and I love it. It’s such a fun option for Christmas Eve services and holiday cocktail parties. It fits TTS (I’m wearing an XS). I love that it has a waist tie, which helps accentuate the waist.  It’s under $35 too.

I also ordered the green plaid version which didn’t come with a belt. I love both, but I prefer the belt and I prefer the green colorway on me.

High Neck Plaid Fit and Flare Midi Dress

This green windowpane high neck dress is a fun one. I love the plaid that’s not totally holiday so it could work from November – February. It’s under $40, and true to size! I’m wearing and XS.

Red Plaid Shirt Dress

This red plaid shirt dress is another Amazon find. It’s a little more casual (shirt dresses usually are), which is a great option for events at a child’s school, work (assuming your office is somewhat casual), or just running around town during the holidays. I’d style this dress with a pair of heeled mules like this pair from Target.

J.Marie Joyce 3/4 Sleeve Bow Back Ruffle Mock Neck Plaid Shift Dress

I’m not one to shop at Dillards often, but MAN this is a great find! And since I’ve been seeing other influencers share collections from Dillards more often these days, I suppose I should start looking there more often. The long sleeves on this Plaid Shift Dress by J.Marie are perfect for colder winter evenings. I love that this find is under $100!

Flannel Shirt Dress

This Flannel Shirt Dress by Abercrombie is another great contemporary take on the plaid print this season. The shirt-dress style fit is perfect paired with the belt. The price is also amazing at $56. Note: when I ordered it, I got the petite and it was VERY short even on my 5’1″ frame so keep that in mind when deciding which length to buy,

Tartan Wool Mini Skirt

I found this tartan plaid wool mini skirt on Amazon the other week and fell in love with it! I’d style it with a turtleneck, tights, and booties. You could also do fun over the knee boots with it! Or, if you prefer something with more length, this plaid maxi skirt is a great option.

Happy shopping this holiday season!

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