Double plaid, side zip pants, & bling

On my way to a casual-festive event and decided to use Angie's inspiration. Double plaid, green and red (seasonal colours -- oh my! -- this is a tiny bit out of my comfort zone, I admit....) and bling again to bring in the shine. 

BrieN's thread on side zip pants was a great one for me; Marilyn directed me to the Best. Pants. Ever. I was sooooooo lucky to snap these up. They were literally the last pair in my size pretty much anywhere (in Canada, at least..). There were none online and none in the Toronto stores or anywhere in the area in my size. The first SA told me they only had them in a 14. Miraculously, I discovered a pair in another part of the store, hiding under some other items, and in my own size. They told me these pants just flew off the shelves, and I can see why. I have Sloans (and even side zip Sloans) from other seasons but none are as nice as this. A really decent weight for my cold weather, nice but not excessive stretch, a smooth side zip, perfect full length on me (they are cropped on the model, of course). I bought them on Sunday and have already worn them 4 times. They're that great. I will keep my eye open for more Sloan side zips this winter in hopes they do a similar fabric in a different pattern. 

The only reason I found myself in the store was Mr. Suz had his eye on the little military jacket that LisaP brought to our attention. (ha!) He thought (correctly) that it would make a long-lasting piece to use for presentations and such -- I like the idea of a bright near my face sometimes and this will travel well because it's a kind of ponte. I could not resist. Everything was 50% off, soo...

Plaid shirt and boots and bling from previous years. Thanks for inspiration, Angie!

ETA, you can't really see much of the shirt here, alas, but I may take off the jacket when I arrive. It is really cold here today and I need layers for now! But my hostess's house may be warmer. (Obviously I will be wearing a massive puffer, etc. for my trip there!) 

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  • The Cat replied 1 year ago

    Wow! You look gorgeous! Love the red jacket & boots.

  • harmonica replied 1 year ago

    OMG! I'm loving it! You look fantastic, Suz! I need to get out my burgundy old plaid shirt. Very similar to yours, but with peter pan collar

  • Chris987 replied 1 year ago

    Nailed it! This outfit is truly awesome! Love hearing about the shopping successes too...

  • JAileen replied 1 year ago

    Oh wow I love this! The plaid, the cool jacket - really nice.

  • K.M. replied 1 year ago

    Lovely way to combine plaids! You look so effortlessly pulled-together!
    And don't you love that feeling of snagging up a much sought item, especially when it's hidden out of sight? (Now you made me curious about trying on these Sloan pants...)

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Chiming in from the road to say:

    KILLER to the Power of KILLER

    The red jacket is sublime with the boots. Go Tream Plaid Squared!

  • Dianna replied 1 year ago

    Wow, you look gorgeous. Red loves you, Suz. Fantastic interpretation of Angie's ensemble.

  • Gail replied 1 year ago

    The outfit is fantastic, enjoy your evening.

  • FashIntern replied 1 year ago

    That jacket is a great match for plaid. Well done!

  • lisa p replied 1 year ago

    Awesome !! You look Britishly , holidayishly wonderful :) I haven’t worn my jacket yet , but plan to wear it with a pale grey cami ( also from BR ) or a black sequinned cami underneath . Little different than how you've worn it ;)  

  • Karie replied 1 year ago

    I love this! Those BR plaid pants look fantastic on you. I do love a side zip pant! And the red boots and jacket, WOW.

  • Eliza replied 1 year ago

    Read your post on the blog, Suz, then popped over to the forum to see if you went for it. Bravo! Love the bookended red, bling and double plaid. Festive Suz, at the ready. Perfection!

  • replied 1 year ago

    So festive and chic. Oh the boots. (sigh)

  • lisa p replied 1 year ago

    Suz, would you mind linking to BrieN's thread about pants?  I'm not finding it.....


  • MsMary replied 1 year ago


    OMG I die...

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    WOW!!!  Absolutely gorgeous.  I am going to track down those pants. 

  • Janet replied 1 year ago

    Festive and fun! You look so great in red.

  • smittie replied 1 year ago

    A show-stopping outfit!
    Those pants will be workhorses.
    The military jacket is SO FAB! I hope you get lots of happiness out of it.

  • replied 1 year ago

    You look great! Those are colors I cannot wear.

  • UmmLila replied 1 year ago

    This is so perfect, and  I love the "it takes a village" way you described how all the pieces of the look came together.

  • Mainelady replied 1 year ago

    Beautiful! I might be a bit envious!

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Thank you all for your nice words. It was fun! I was the most dressed up person there (sigh) but who cares, right? 

    Lisa, I love the idea of a black sequin cami or tank under the jacket. I don't have one but would like to find one. Here's Brie's thread:

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  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    What a treat for the eyes. Regarding being the most dressed up - one must lead by example, Suz!

  • Marilyn replied 1 year ago

    Such a great outfit, Suz.  I'm so happy that you found the pants!  I think they were destined to be yours......they were tucked away in the store just waiting for you to find them. :)

    Fantastic jacket.  I saw someone at the checkout with it several weeks ago.  Should have tried it on.  Is it TTS for BR?

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Yes, it's TTS for BR I would say, Marilyn -- and it does come in petite! I tried on both versions but (as usual) ended up with the regular. It is a great jacket for a trip because it will pack perfectly. 

  • lisa p replied 1 year ago

    Yep - I’ll vouch for TTS , and I often buy a petite in jackets and coats at BR but bought a regular size in this . Sleeves are generously long , if anything.

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    The pants are workhorses already and the jacket is just incredible on you. Love the entire outfit. Kudos to the collaborators in finding you these pieces!

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Snap! :D

  • gradfashionista replied 1 year ago

    That’s a winner. Here’s to a collaborative effort!

  • Mochi replied 1 year ago

    Such an incredible outfit.

  • Joyce B replied 1 year ago

    What a gorgeous outfit on you!

  • Bijou replied 1 year ago

    LisaP has a great eye and this jacket is stunning on you. It does have a Burberry vibe and I love how you have styled it, the red booties may get quite a work out with this new jacket and pants ensemble. What a treat, two Suz posts this week, both equally lovely.

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    That red jacket is gorgeous I love the colour combined with the military styling.The red boots are a great way of pulling the whole outfit look fab!

  • lyn67 replied 1 year ago

    You are so radiant in Christmass reds, Suz! You did gorgeous!!! Wow!!!

  • texstyle replied 1 year ago

    Pretty outfit - very festive and dressy in a comfortable way. Red is a wonderful color on  you!

  • Katerina replied 1 year ago

    Fabulous outfit, interesting and fun!
    You look great.

  • approprio replied 1 year ago

    Love the double plaid with the military jacket! It almost doesn't need the bling. I think this look could go more or less anywhere. 

  • Jenni NZ replied 1 year ago

    Oh Suz that is SO wonderful! I die for how the jacket and the boots go together. As for being the most dressed up person there, I say rock it and be proud!

  • Sara L. replied 1 year ago

    Great look!  The red jacket looks great on you.  The necklace is quite fab.  

  • Caro in Oz replied 1 year ago

    You look fabulous in red Suz - great outfit :) 

  • Gigi replied 1 year ago

    The jacket is a beautiful shade of red on you! And I love the story of how you found the makes them even more satisfying to wear!

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    OMG! You look fabulous, everything is so beautiful, I love, love.... red jacket great on you .

  • skylurker replied 1 year ago

    The trousers do fit very well and I love military jackets, this red number is perfect for you.

  • CocoLion replied 1 year ago

    Those pants fit you perfectly.  They must be comfortable too since you said you wore them 4 times in one week.  Great jacket too, vibrant and commanding (is that the right word?).

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