Pattern mixed and tailored

My version today with tartan and stripes. Will add Finds as I can. Internet down now.

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  • Karie replied 3 years ago

    Super, super trendy! Pattern mixing AND comfy trendy sneaks? Maximal marvelousness. Total outfit love from me.

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    I have to say this was so fun to wear!!

  • shiny replied 3 years ago

    Looks awesome and I have that same RM backpack! LOVE the tartan!!! How clever mixed with stripes!

  • cindysmith replied 3 years ago

    This is super cute and you look amazing!

  • Jane replied 3 years ago

    This looks amazing! Good mixing!

  • Katerina replied 3 years ago

    Wow! Perfection, Suz!

  • Mirjana replied 3 years ago

    OMG, terrific!!! I have to copy if you don't mind.

  • Cardiff girl replied 3 years ago

    I love it!Two of my favourite patterns mixed together with tailoring ,what’s not to love.

  • Chris987 replied 3 years ago

    Pattern pairing perfection!

  • Kathie replied 3 years ago

    Perfect! Love how the stripe in the turned back sleeve echos your top.

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  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    Looks great Suz!

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  • Colette replied 3 years ago

    Wow, you nailed it! Looks so good on you.

  • Aquamarine replied 3 years ago

    Oooo this is fun! I could do this type of pattern mixing, and I have two of the items and plenty of solid color toppers. Nice!

  • kkards replied 3 years ago

    suit and sneaker, pattern mixing, fashion backpack....FAB

  • LaPed replied 3 years ago

    Delightful! Not quite cold enough here for me to break out my tartan pants yet (lined wool), but I love the idea of pairing them with sneakers... this is very inspirational.

  • lisa p replied 3 years ago

    Looks great ! What are the sneaks ?

  • Angie replied 3 years ago


    That is all :)

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    I love this!!! I really love Black Watch, but to have a suit! Wow!

  • unfrumped replied 3 years ago

    Just super! What a great tartan suit. For pattern- mixing the matched pieces work so well.

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Thank you all for your kind words! This is one example of an outfit that might have been difficult to wear in my previous climate. I will do a post on that in a little while. 

    Sorry I could not add Finds right away. Our internet is acting up. 

    The sneakers are Ecco, the suit is BR. The pants are the ones that people here were raving about last year -- I snapped up the last pair in the store on sale. Then I saw the jacket for $100 and could not resist. I also bought that red military type jacket on that outing. 

  • delurked replied 3 years ago

    I love this on you Suz. The fit is sharp. The look is modern. I love a plaid and stripe combo.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    I know, right! Your style has infinitely more possibilities because of your new climate :)

  • Helena replied 3 years ago

    Sneaks for the win! That's it, I'm moving to the west coast. I want to have all these wardrobe options :D

  • replied 3 years ago

    What a great suit! YLF.

  • lisa p replied 3 years ago

    I'm moving too ;) 

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Bless your new climate for allowing such fabness.

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Love it! Climate for the win!

  • Beth Ann replied 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this -- you look terrific:  chic and comfortable, with a hint of playfulness.  

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 3 years ago

    I’m amazed at how great this looks. First of all, super suit. But the way you wear it is so unexpected, and you pull it off really, really well!

  • Column replied 3 years ago

    I need convincing to add sneakers to my work wardrobe. Thanks for showing me how!

  • krishnidoux replied 3 years ago

    Suz, you have such a great eye for proportions, color, and knowing what suits you. The feel of this outfit is delightful. It brings out your gamine side, it's very active and simply lovely. 

    However, if I may, and this is very personal, but I am not a fan of the checkered + stripes. It's just something that my sensibility finds, it's not that it's not beautiful. For me, the two directions are too separate and don't reconciliate well, and this despite your exquisite hair and smile. Or is it the purse? Color is good, but style is too busy. I would really sea a square sleek purse with this outfit. 

  • The Cat replied 3 years ago

    You look perfect. :-)

  • suntiger replied 3 years ago

    I wouldn't enjoy it on myself but like it on you! Re what krishnidoux said: it seems harmonious for me due to the repetition of the white and the plaid. If it was just the pants and top on its own it would feel more chaotic, since it would be a 50-50 proportion.

  • Bijou replied 3 years ago

    This is the BOMB!!! Love it on you. So glad that you have moved and get to wear all these killer gorgeous outfits.

  • Diana replied 3 years ago

    How fab is this?!?! I love it!

  • gryffin replied 3 years ago

    wow, LOVE!  What a great way to make a suit work for play!  Plus the black watch is so perfect just as pieces and for dress but you did an amazing job of making it smart casual.  Gorgeous with the stripes, sneaks and backpack!  Gorgeous!

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Gryffin, you and I share a deep love of black watch! It's a moody and slightly introverted tartan. I like that about it. :) Hmmm. Thinking about it...I know you are the Princess of Darkness, but a black watch accessory or two would fit well into your wardrobe, or perhaps a top that would go under le smoking? 

    Krish, thanks for being frank. I appreciate all views! I might have preferred a structured bag, also, but I don't currently own one (sob!) -- a subject for another post. In the meantime, this bag worked for what I had on the agenda -- a long walk to a grocer to buy supper. 

    I think the "suit with sneakers" look is something of an acquired taste -- as comments on Angie's blog post showed. And pattern mixing is also an acquired taste, or one that isn't necessarily shared. Speaking for myself, I love stripes with plaid and with florals and with animal print as well as with solids. A pattern mix is one kind of maximalism I can embrace. (There are others I can't manage for myself, e.g. lot of accessories.) My preppy gene likes stripes and likes plaid and likes them together. But I get that some people might not. And that's okay! Puts the personal in personal style. :) 

    This "suit" somehow feels "unsuit-like" to me, i.e. more casual. It might be because I did not buy it as a suit. I bought the pants because I wanted the pants. Noticed the jacket just as I was about to leave the store, saw the sale price, and pounced. The pants have stretch so they are even more comfy than jeans. The jacket is lightweight so it is also super comfortable. I honestly felt casually dressed, which I don't think I'd feel in my more formal Elie Tahari suit. Hmmm. 

    I liked it so much that I wore it again yesterday! :)

  • The Cat replied 3 years ago

    Oh, I LOVE stripes & checks (and other pattern mixing) as long as the patterns have at least one colour in common and the proportions look OK together. And in my opinion, some WHITE included in one or more of the patterns always serves to make the combo look more clean and crisp.

  • Inge replied 3 years ago

    Just looking at your stunning outfit makes me happy!!-)

  • lyn67 replied 3 years ago

    Wow, YLF! This is another fab pattern mix!  Love the use of white sneakers, which I never can do right:-(.

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