Last of the NAS

I am insanely and I mean insanely in love with my final three NAS purchases. Each one makes me unreasonably happy. :) :) :)

First up, the best jeans ever. Kut from the Kloth Mias in plaid. 

I own last year's version of the plaid Mias, and I love those, too, but they are completely different. 

Last year's (pic 3) are a darkish grey plaid, with a high poly content. They are extremely stretchy and sleek with a bit of a sheen IRL. But they are definitely calf-sucking. And rather warm. So I wear them as a legging jean in winter only, tucked into boots. And I sized DOWN for an extra sleek fit. 

This year's version (1/2) are a lighter, more cotton rich and less stretchy fabrication (although they do have stretch). I sized UP for a bit of slouch. And achieved it -- I need to wear a belt to hold them up. They could not be more comfortable. They speak to the prep and the punk in me. Plus, they go with almost everything in my closet. (Which makes sense, since most things in my closet are blue or grey, LOL. ) 

 they coordinate with my hair. ;) Yay for Angie picks!! 

I'm really happy because these will help me further my goal of "lightening up" in the winter months  -- something that is not easy (especially when it comes to bottoms) given our usually sloppy weather conditions. And they will make my outfits cohesive because of the way they work with my hair. 

Shown with my J. Crew tux shirt (1/2), AT silk camp shirt in navy (4), Zara silk/cotton dolman sleeved sweater (5), ink blue Reiss blazer (6). 

By the way, these are plenty long -- I will probably have to hem them and they will still be full length but able to be rolled as shown. 

Next up, the Trouvé textured tuxedo jacket. I hadn't even noticed this until Ummlila posted it. But I loved how it looked with her sheath dresses and since I've been wanting a topper to wear with mine in cooler weather, and I did not own a black jacket, I decided to give it a whirl. Love the texture and the collar style, and the fit is perfect. It's got a bit of stretch so it is comfy to wear. 

Finally, the Halogen striped midi skirt. I am over the moon about this. I have no idea when I will actually wear it, but oh, how I love it! So pretty and feminine. For styling, I'm shamelessly copying Angie here with my Okalas, leather sleeved denim jacket, and welted pullover. I also love it with chambray and the Okalas. Something about the juxtaposition of pony print, chambray, and satiny fabric makes me smile. 

Can I wear it with the Trouvé jacket also, or is that jacket too long for it? I think it might be borderline. The jacket comes higher in back. 

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  • Kari replied 8 years ago

    Wowwww. The Mias look like they were meant for you. So perfect. Love all your picks, but those are my favorites.

  • Cerinda replied 8 years ago

    Like the shorter jacket better and LOVE it with you denim shirt.

  • Sal replied 8 years ago

    They all look wonderful and what a great smile!

  • Joyce B replied 8 years ago

    Great finds! You look fab in all.
    I also got the plaid Kuts, we'll be twins with those.
    I love that striped skirt on you.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Those Mias are AWESOME! Wow! I absolutely love all your stylings.

    Love the textured black jacket too. Looks great with your spot dress and Okalas.

    Having said all that though, I nearly fell off my chair at #10! No wonder you love that skirt.

     You have my permission to go and hug your wardrobe :)

  • Neel replied 8 years ago

    Wow wow wow! That skirt is gorgeous on you! And so is the plaid jeans! Wow! Did I say wow? :)

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    Yay for all three  ( and being twins on 2 of those items)!
    I especially love the jeans with the blue tux shirt  - what a great color combination. We now have to inspire each other how to wear these jeans - fun!
    The skirt is super and true midi length too. I hope mine looks as good when I get it in September.
    The jacket looks great too and fills the hole it seems - win-win!

    Although I have to argue with the statement that KUTs are "plenty long": they are barely ankle length on me! :-)

  • replied 8 years ago

    Clearly excellent purchases, and excellent styling! What a group of wear-everywhere's.  I just love looking at those jeans and the skirt on those of you that have them - really stand-out pieces.  

    Another point on the jeans:  they look so good rolled up with lighter shoes/sandals as you've shown here - I bet they become a 12-month item.  Makes me really wish I had the nerve to put plaid on my legs!  

    In the meantime, I'll enjoy them vicariously through you!  Love the pictures:)

  • Nicole D replied 8 years ago

    Insanely in love with these on you!  Especially the midi skirt - you are channelling Audrey Hepburn and Angie in that.  Love it and you must find some place to wear it once a week.  Forever.  I like it best with the chambray shirt or jean jacket but the Trouve jacket looks great too.
    I predict these three pieces will be worn to death.  All three are flattering and versatile.  Go you!

  • deb replied 8 years ago

    All three look great on you.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Thanks, everyone. And thanks to YLF. If not for Angie's picks and seeing some of these items on various forum members, I would not have ordered a single one of them and would not have seen their possibilities. 

    Sveta, I want you to wear your Kut jeans with your coral silk top. They will look amazing with that. I also want to see them with your blue J. Crew tunic and your Club Monaco navy (or ink?) turtleneck (in winter, of course). Will they work with your neon yellow Gap jacket, I wonder? Or the pale blue Zara jacket? 

    Oh....also -- how will they look with your new grey gilet????? 

    I'm going to pair with my grey J. Crew oversize sweater; with my pale blue oversize J. Crew sweater; with my charcoal turtleneck, black turtleneck, cream turtleneck (and various toppers); with my bright navy cashmere turtleneck; with my BR sequinned navy sweatshirt; my blue J. Crew tunic sweater and the similar toned light merino V neck; my light grey Zara sweater (as shown here). Plus, I'll try them with my orchid sweater (as you did) for warmer weather. 

    I can also wear with my chambray shirt; my blue tux shirt; my white tux shirt; various other white shirts; navy camp shirt..  Not to mention my orchid shirt (taken out of the donate bag...), with my cranberry shirt (ditto) -- maybe layered under a topper. For toppers I have black, navy, denim, white leather. Plus my cranberry wool coat when it gets cold. 

    For footwear -- cranberry booties, taupe booties, black booties, ink booties. For warmer weather to wear BF style: gold slingbacks, taupe sandals, pewter gladiators. For winter: tall black boots, mid calf black boots. Grey snow boots. But let's not go there on this beautiful day. 


    Okay. If I do not have many occasions to wear the skirt at least I think we have established that I will wear the jeans!!  :)  

  • unfrumped replied 8 years ago

    The plaid jeans are amazing- they look great and truly do go with everything. The touch of creamy color will be a great relief in winter.
    The skirt may be sort if your rind card. As Angie said, is a lot of skirt, but you are able to balance it out. I had tried the black, before these other stripe colors, and was tempted by that gray stripe, but thought it was going to at best end up in my imaginary life capsule. I will so enjoy seeing you style it! I think the jacket works, too. It's neither too long nor cropped and is a flattering fit.

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    I did not like them with citron-ish Gap blazer - somehow the muted yellow in the jeans and bright yellow in the blazer fought with each other. But I did like them with my orange silk blouse  (the one you called coral I guess). I think everything else I tried with them worked well (except for the yellow blazer), they are surprisingly versatile. And I already posted them with the gillet - see below - and quite like how they work together. Even my almost-orphan Gibson knit jacket may be redeemed by these jeans!
    ...but I still don't like them with tall black boots...

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Yes, I remembered right after I posted, Sveta, and looked it up. 

    I have taken a few more photos. Am very surprised at all the ways I can wear these jeans. I think I have the added benefit of the hair. Who knew?????

    I almost did not order them and would not have ordered them if you did not and if they had not been an Angie pick. 

  • UmmLila replied 8 years ago

    I have been saving my fall picks for later, except the Trouvé jacket, because it already works with a lot of things. Yesterday I wore it with a mint print blouse and belted black drapy shorts for a suit effect.

    I really like it on you with the striped skirt and grey top. So elegant.

  • kerry replied 8 years ago

    Love it all!!

  • Emily replied 8 years ago

    Fan all around! Congratulations on a successful NAS!

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    Yeah, matching hair is a perk! Hey, there is some (faded) black in it as well, maybe it matches mine too? <wistful thinking here>

  • Caro in Oz replied 8 years ago

    Great finds Suz - those pants are amazing.  I think the jacket works with the skirt too. Can the skirt be worn with boots/booties?

  • Jjsloane replied 8 years ago

    Great finds - you scored big. The skirt is just dreamy and I'm loving how you've styled it all ways. 

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Caro -- yes, the skirt will also work with booties and (maybe) with boots. I'll have to play around with it a bit. It's a spring/ cool summer evening, fall, and maybe winter item in our climate, depending on how you wear it. Hose will help. 

    And Sveta -- the faded black will totally work with your hair!! 

  • Caro in Oz replied 8 years ago

    Even better (if that's possible).

  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    Suz, fab choices and I love how much you love them.  Our wardrobes should bring joy and I love that yours does.  I was going to ask about when you would wear the skirt and then noted that you had addressed that.:)
    I don't think it's a problem having something like that in your wardrobe.  It's kind of a statement piece and could be worn for any number of special occasions as it does have a dressy look with the fabric and even the cut.  
    Love the plaid pants to, awesome tones for you.  I so badly want red and black plaid pants and this has just reignited m desire:)

  • Gigi replied 8 years ago

    Wow, the plaid jeans are incredible on you, Suz! What a great match to your natural coloring. And I so understand the need to lighten up the winter wardrobe. I really struggled last year with that and am realizing how important it is to have lighter-colored *bottoms* to help with this.

    I think that the blazer works with the skirt. It may technically be too long if you judge just by ratios, but I think that the scrunching of the sleeves and also the notch near the collar help "lighten up" the jacket so that you can get away with it.

    I'm glad you talked about your old Kuts, with the poly content. I just bought some skinnies from BR with some poly in them. It's not much (around 10%, I think), but within one minute of putting them on, I am sweating. I was trying to decide whether to keep or return because of this. Were you uncomfortably (meaning sweating!) hot in the winter wearing your poly-blend Kuts? If you felt toasty warm but not sweaty, maybe I would keep the BRs and use them for a fall/winter jean. 

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Gigi, thank you for your thoughts. On the poly pants -- no I was not uncomfortably sweating. The blend in last year's was: 61% poly, 37% cotton, 2% spandex. It was warm, but "just right" warm for our winters, even indoors. I know I wouldn't be able to stand wearing them in the summer, though. 

    The new Mias are much lighter weight. Cotton with just a bit of spandex. These I could imagine wearing on cool summer evenings. And I might not choose them on our very coldest days. 

    Deb, thanks for enabling on the skirt! I guess I am just going to have to invent some occasions to wear it, LOL. 

  • Aubergine replied 8 years ago

    All three look perfect for you!

  • Jaime replied 8 years ago

    Agree with Wow, Wow, Wow! I love those jeans on Sveta and I love them on you. Kut really makes some outstanding jeans - the white Catherines are also a crowd favorite (I love mine too). The jacket looks fantastic with the dress. And the skirt - well I almost regretted not ordering one for myself even though I have NO MORE ROOM for skirts! Love all your stylings Suz and your excellent choice model to copy with the skirt.

  • fathenry replied 8 years ago

    So pretty, Suz!

  • Lyn D. replied 8 years ago

    Love 'em!

  • replied 8 years ago

    OMG.  They look fabulous on you.  So fabulous, you take my breath away.  

  • viva replied 8 years ago

    LOVE that jacket and the skirt, especially Suz. So lovely.

  • Joy replied 8 years ago

    Each of these pieces look wonderful on you and fit easily into your wardrobe. I wish I'd at least tried the plaid Kuts. They look so good on you and Sveta and others who bought them. The new skirt and jacket will make a fabulous presentation outfit.

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 8 years ago

    Suz, you look gorgeous! 

  • Claudia replied 8 years ago

    Looks great, Suz!

    I have these KUT jeans too, and find that they are surprisingly versatile in the colors that work with them. My wardrobe has some warmer tones as well as the blues and berries that you have -- and everything goes. I also bought the Pleione mixed media tunic that you have in olive, navy and deep purple and they all go with this plaid. Very happy with the fit and feel of the fabric as you are, so comfortable.
    I loved these so much I ended up going with two sizes after trying both on. The smaller fitting like skinny jeans, and the size up like straight leg jeans. So yeah, best jeans ever. :-)

    LOVE the skirt on you.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    Wow Suz - you scored BIG TIME with NAS this year! These three latest pieces are just incredible on you. Well done :)

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Claudia, do you know what? I'm actually tempted to order them in my regular size as well! They're that great! I might just watch to see if they go on sale again and do exactly that. Or order a backup pair. 

    I can't believe I almost didn't order them at all. 

  • Claudia replied 8 years ago

    Suz, how could anyone resist after seeing Sveta model her pair?!

    I wasn't planning on any NAS shopping, but after seeing Sveta, and then you in that Pleione tunic, these were my only purchases and I am so glad I did.

  • pil replied 8 years ago

    What a super post to discover after having been so scarce to the forum lately! Who woûld have thought plaid could be so versatile? I'm swooning over that skirt too.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    WOW. What a treat. Killer x3. I'm happy you're happy. Rock on, Suz. xo

  • Janet replied 8 years ago

    Love it all!

    Y'know, I didn't even see those Kut jeans in the store when I went to NAS. I think they're too high contrast of a pattern to work on my lower half anyway, but I kinda wish I'd tried them. I did go for the dark low-contrast plaid Jolts, which I think may suit my style better. But it's so hard to resist when so many of you look so fab in the Kuts! :-)

  • texstyle replied 8 years ago

    I think the KUTs look fantastic on you Suz - I wish I were brave enough to wear plaid pants because these are excellent in color and I do love KUTs, but I think I have to stick with plaid tops for the time being as I'm still having trouble even wearing my "bright" (to me) cream jeans.  All of your outfits are great! The jacket is also really nice as is the skirt. Now you'll have to plan some events to wear that skirt!

  • Lisa replied 8 years ago

    Three great new items here.  The plaid jeans are perfect to lighten up fall looks and it is not easy to find lighter colored bottoms for fall.  The midi skirt is fabulous on you and I like how you have styled it here too.  Great job on these new additions to your closet.

  • Thistle replied 8 years ago

    Love all of your selections. They are fab on you, fit your style and best of all, they make your heart sing!

  • Gracie replied 8 years ago

    Nice picks - I'm so glad they all fit and that you love them. The KUTs are fantastic on you, I like them best with the matching tonality of the gray top and sandals.  I love how your new jacket's notched lapels show up against your white shirt - so fab!

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Wow wow. You look Tony-the-tiger grrreat!

    And the thing is, I tried on those plaid Kuts and they were so so soooooooo not me.

  • N-Marie replied 8 years ago

    Those pants are fantastic on you - they work so well with your hair color and they seem like they would add some really nice styling depth/complexity to your closet.  A great find!

  • Beth Ann replied 8 years ago

    I'm so behind on the forum --- busy weeks!  But I wanted to pop on and applaud..............clapclapclapclapclap.........Brava!

    Love all of these items for you, and the way you've styled them makes them work even better for your form and your lifestyle.  I love the striped skirt, particularly with the denim jacket.  This would be great for "writer-ish" appearances. 

    Could you style the pants with a nod to sporty luxe?  I'm thinking of them for your fitness role gatherings.

  • Dee replied 8 years ago

    All of these are fantastic! I'm especially impressed by the Halogen skirt though. A midi that looks great even for petities is so hard to find, and I love the way you've styled it. The skirt with denim & leather jacket look is my favorite.

  • merwoman replied 8 years ago

    Love love love :-)

    hmmm...isn't that  beautiful skirt the perfect thing to wear to a reading? Of course, you do run the risk of distracting the audience....

  • Ginkgo replied 8 years ago

    My favorite is the skirt -- you look fabulous in it, and of course, better than the model.   It's obviously perfect for a reading.

  • unfrumped replied 8 years ago

    Suz, did you get the skirt in petite or R?
    I wondered if in P one would lose the midi-look edge, or if instead it might be more manageable and "less skirt". I'm always on the lookout for the stitched-down pleats but as  noted, the solid black did not work. And still it may not be good for pears--need more rectangle-ish look. The new more muted stripe colorways raise lots of possibilities, though.   

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    unfrumped, I'm 5'4" or so. I got the regular sized, which is what my fit calculator recommended. Actually, I went exactly with my fit calculator and as you see, the fit was perfect. 

    I think Sveta still considers herself a can see her try on of the skirt in her thread. 

    It's does not feel like a "lot of skirt" for me....though I understand what you are talking about. I think in my case, my rather wide shoulders balance it out. And I plan to wear for dressier occasions, not work, so the feminine vibe of it will work for that. Date night, readings, parties...that kind of thing. 

    I do think Sveta also has broad shoulders, despite her saying she is a pear. I would call her more of a slim hourglass these days....

    You are also on the slim side of the spectrum. I think in your case it would be a question of whether the waist fits in the right place, no? As in torso length. 

  • Mona replied 8 years ago

    All three of your purchases were beyond fab and these jeans are made for you. The moment you put them on, I could see the magic. So happy that skirt and jacket also looked great.

  • Laurie replied 8 years ago

    You look so cute - adorable really - in every outfit here!  Esp love #5 and #9.  Great items, and combinations.

  • unfrumped replied 8 years ago

    Thanks, Suz. I think that's right--"shoulders" work with it for balance,  and also a feminine shoe.

  • Vicki replied 8 years ago

    You, Claudia and Sveta are plaid Kut twins! You outdid yourself with these three picks and I so admire all the variations shown here. The Trouvé jacket will certainly be useful dressed up or down. Love the elegance and femininity of the skirt, too. Angie is a great role model.

    Are the pants grey or taupe, because I didn't know if your Elie Tahari could work, or that may be too brown.

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