Red plaid pants and some more purchases and possibles

As mentioned in another post, most of my clothing purchases this year have been gear. 

But I have bought a few "fashion" items, mostly to fill new needs (indoor footwear for long days in the house, replacement white denim, updated sneakers for fall walking, a nylon backpack, the ripskirt). 

In other words, almost all my purchases have been of the extremely practical kind. 

I guess that's why I went a little nuts at a recent J. Crew sale with free delivery. Ooops!  

This is all potential holiday wear. We'll be at home, just the three of us and the cat, not doing any entertaining or going to any parties. I know many people have enjoyed Zoom dinner parties and cocktail hours etc. during the pandemic but those are not for me. I don't mind a one-to-one Zoom tea or wine date, but I really don't do well with  Zoom dining. 

Anyway...point being, I could wear my sweatpants but I would rather wear real clothes and I'd like to treat myself to something new to add to the feeling of "festive." 

First, the Cameron high rise plaid pants. These are great! Exceptional quality. They are beautiful wool, fully lined, they include an extra self-fabric front button (in case of overindulgence in holiday meals, I guess!) and the plaid lines up! At least on the pair I got. 

I found them TTS or possibly even a bit generous, and they have some give so will stretch a bit. Warning -- they will not work if you have a short rise. I happen to have a very long rise, so they are fine for me. If your rise is short, I would go for the mid-rise Cameron instead. On 5' 4" me, the "cropped" length is a true ankle pant (hits right above ankle bone). I like this "Laura Petrie" style pant -- it is slim up top and gently glides over calves -- not calf-sucking. I'm inclined to keep them. 

I also ordered a scarf to give myself a red outdoor accessory complement -- this one works with red, burgundy, blue, lilac, etc. (That is, with all my coats) and I can wear blue and burgundy hats with it as well. It's a bit scratchy but that doesn't matter so much to me with an outdoor scarf. And I suspect it will soften a bit if I put it in the wash and air dry. 

Onto the tops! 

First up, a lace shirt. I've wanted something in lace ever since I joined YLF (thanks, Angie!) but somehow, I never found my perfect item. This shirt comes with its own matching camisole and has a bit of stretch. It does not feel scratchy against the skin as some laces do. They call it "Baroque blue" but I'd say it's royal/ cobalt and since I also wanted to add more in this colour to my closet, The price was exceptional. I thought I'd give it a whirl. Inclined to keep. 

The Margot sweater is just a titch towards orange-red, so not my absolute best (I do better with anything from true red through cranberry to cool burgundy). But again, red is something I definitely want more of and this fits a need for now. So I'm wavering on it. Price was reasonable. 

The velvet shirt is another something I've wanted for years and never found. This one is soft, like a smooth hug, and feels very cozy, but I don't agree with the reviewers who crowed about its quality. It's fine, not at all bad, but I would not have wanted to pay full price for it and I'm debating a return (if it's returnable -- I need to check). 

Note: I find the two shirts to be on the small side. In the past, I often ordered a size down from the one I've ordered here at J. Crew and was fine -- these are on the just-barely-okay side for me in the shoulders and if I were ordering again, I might have ordered up. The sleeves are ridiculously short, i.e. they are on the short side for me and I don't have long arms. It doesn't matter to me since I always scrunch sleeves, but I thought I would report on it. 

Apologies for the length of the post and for the terrible photos. My full length mirror is supposed to go up tomorrow at last!! 

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45 Comments

  • Jenni NZ replied 1 month ago

    Wow Suz, all gorgeous! My first love is given to the pants. I am not as sure about the velvet shirt on you?

  • lisa p replied 1 month ago

    Wow Suz - these are all winners in my book!  I was tinkering around on the JCrew site last week too but didn't end up pulling the trigger. There were lots of great deals though ( I had my eye on a plaid and velvet trim tunic that I thought would be pretty for holiday - but I let that ship sail) .  The pants look great, and that velvet shirt is swoon worthy!  I vote keep it all !  Weird about the shirt sizing and sleeve length  .  

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    I LOVE IT ALL!! KILLER items, Suz, and a fun change of pace from gear shopping ;)

    Really glad the tartan pants worked on you! Aren’t they AMAZING quality! And fully lined too. Too high rise on me unfortunately so they went back, but at least I can enjoy them on you!

    My faves are the pants, velvet shirt, jumper, lace blouse, and scarf.....ooops. That’s all of it. KEEP :)

    Now I want that velvet shirt....to wear with a pile of pearls....

  • Nikki replied 1 month ago

    Love love love!

  • Jenn replied 1 month ago

    It all looks great, but the pants are over the top! The shirts -look- great, but I know appearances don't always tell the truth about fit. Some of your descriptions about the shortness of them give me pause. If you feel at all like you might be tugging/twisting them to make them comfortable, I'd return.

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 month ago

    Those plaid pants are gorgeous and I think,whisper it,that You look even better in red than you do in blue.Outfit #6 where the tartan scarf echoes the trousers is just perfect for the season.

  • La Pedestrienne replied 1 month ago

    What a great haul! The lace shirt is spectacular -- elegant texture and the colour lights you up. I'm surprised you got the burgundy scarf instead of the berry/navy. :) 

  • Minaminu replied 1 month ago

    Suz, all lovely finds!!! The trousers fit you beautifully and that lacey shirt is divine! Love the colour, you wear navy so well!!!

  • Janet replied 1 month ago

    Wow! All gorgeous! I love the blue lace shirt. And envying how good you and Angie look in bright plaid pants, which are comical on me.

    You’re reminding me that I have a similar velvet shirt but mine is black — I put it away after last winter and don’t think it wore it a year ago, but it’s casual luxe enough — and machine washable — so I can wear it around the house for the holidays without feeling like it’s too precious.

  • Deborah replied 1 month ago

    Suz I can’t see past the pants lol!  They look fantastic.  They fit looks good and I love the red.  Tartan pants are a HEWI for me so I might have to check these out.  I do like how tartan pants can be style on such a variety of ways to look classic, edgy, a little punk etc.  And you are looking gorgeous xx

  • JAileen replied 1 month ago

    The pants look like they were made for you - FAB!  

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Thank you all! I'm fighting a vicious headache today so it is nice to hear your happy voices in my noggin. 

    Thanks, JAileen -- and wouldn't they go great with something Yorkie?  :) 

    Deborah, thank you -- I can absolutely see you wearing these with black for a slightly punk vibe. I am going to pair them with my red plaid boots for plaid on plaid and a bit of punk myself! 

    Janet, that's exactly what I was thinking about the velvet shirt -- it can be worn around the house, washes easily, but looks and feels a bit special. I think I will keep despite slight reservations because it's the best one I've found over the years, and sending back would cost me $$ anyway...

    Thank you, Minaminu. I like the blue, too!

    LaPed -- ti was a tough call! I actually preferred the blue / berry but really needed the red/ burgundy so much more, so....

    Cardiff girl, you are too funny! I do think red is super flattering to me and I need more of it in my life. So...

    Jenn, good point -- I'll test fit again. The body fit is fine -- a bit shorter than they used to cut their shirts but still okay for me. But honestly -- if these were any narrower in the shoulder or shorter in the sleeve they'd be going back for sure. Just a heads up to anyone who is ordering from J. Crew. 

    Thanks, Nikki!

    Thank you, Angie! I'm so sorry the pants didn't work for you but I'm glad you got your mid-rise Camerons and I do understand the rave reviews for this style -- in the wool. The ones in other fabrics are not as nice. 

    Thanks, Lisa! It is weird about sizing. I guess you just never know....they are cutting corners in strange ways. How is it that the quality can be SO high in one item and just so-so in another from the same brand? But so it is. I hope you find your holiday shirt/ tunic. 

    Jenni, I can totally see you in a pair of these pants! They have other plaids as well. Tartan for the win! 

  • Runcarla replied 1 month ago

    I would lemming the entire capsule if I wasn’t so discouraged by my lack of success with JCrew cuts.  The lace and velvet button downs should have a very long life in your closet if the sizing suits you.  The red plaid trousers with the red sweater is *squee!* worthy!  What a contrast to your gear capsule!  ;-)

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Carla, I've been thinking about your comments re J. Crew cuts and I just can't figure out why their pants wouldn't work for you.

     I think the woven  tops could be a problem in the shoulder area -- you'd have to size up and then they would be too loose in the torso. These particular tops would be too short in the arms, too. And maybe even in the torso length. 

    But pants...just doesn't make sense entirely....at least not for the ones I've tried. 

    And knits would be okay, too -- I would think -- although you might have to size up in certain items. 

    You're right -- great contrast with gear and hurray for dressing up for the family!! 

  • slim cat replied 1 month ago

    Bright and festive- love all the pieces! Lace shirt is fab !

  • lisa p replied 1 month ago

    Carla isn’t the only one with J Crew fit issues . It’s the main reason I decided not to pull the trigger on my fat little shopping cart last week . Pants and jeans are NOT cut for those us with curvier figures . I truly believe their fit model is an ultra slim and straight hipped ,ellipse of some kind . Same goes for the shirts : if you have anything more than a very very small chest and/or rib cage - they don’t work . The only thing I have ever found that I can wear are knits - and that’s regardless of what size I’m wearing at any given time .

  • UmmLila replied 1 month ago

    fan-festive-tastic! I like the lace blouse the best ....

  • Runcarla replied 1 month ago

    @Suz - although size-wise I would be included I’m less a ‘tube’ and more an ‘oval’ - if that makes any sense!  Although 37 inches around the fullest part of my hips, I’m 14inches from hip bone to hip bone, and I have a long, flat butt!  Thighs are 21in and calves 13.5.  I photograph slim from the side, but broader from the front!  Admittedly I last gave Crew a go in 2018, but at the time I found the patterns cut for what I call ‘narrower’ physique and I couldn’t get my calves past the knees and down the legs of the pants!  So disappointing to pass by all the cute coloured jeans and chinos!  


    I tried their classic jackets, and some shirts  but the shoulders were tight and arms ridiculously short.  Same with T-shirts and sweaters.  

    I enjoy the shop windows, but rarely go into the stores these days.  Well, I don’t go into any stores these days....

  • Brooklyn replied 1 month ago

    Wow Suz, what a great haul. I love the plaid pants especially. I immediately went and looked to see if they had a darker version (more like Bijou’s jacket) for me. I lust after plaid pants. I love the velvet and lace shirts too. Go luxe for Christmas!

  • La Pedestrienne replied 1 month ago

    I've had the exact same J Crew fit issues as Carla describes: legs way too tight no matter how many sizes up I go; sleeves/shoulders constricting even when there's a lot of extra space in the torso. I *loved* J Crew 15 - 20 years ago. Most of my "special" pieces in high school/college were from J Crew: knitwear, outerwear, even some cords and khakis. It was one of the only brands I'd buy new and even pay full-price for sometimes. I gave up on them a couple years ago (probably around 2018, like Carla) after some subpar customer service experiences at the local store. :(

    And somehow your J Crew items manage to look so consistently smashing on you, Suz! I think you must have a very good eye for which pieces will work for you, and those pieces align really well with your style. 

  • Christina F. replied 1 month ago

    It’s all stunning in you. Those pants! 


    I too go a bit nutty when it’s tartan season at J Crew. Even this year when my transitional space is limited.... 

  • Helena (Torontogirl) replied 1 month ago

    Super fun and festive. I especially love the velvet top, and red is spectacular on you with your silver hair!

  • kkards replied 1 month ago

    Sorry, that velvet shirt is TDF..the rest if quite nice as well, but the velvet shirt,i now have a huge case of the wants...

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    So fun to see that different people are in love with different items. I guess that means they are all wins. Yay for me! 

    Now, to wear one or two tonight for supper alone with Mr. Suz....

    On J. Crew fit -- it's so interesting...when I look at photos of you, LaPed, I'd guess you are a slimmer, slightly wider-shouldered version of my shape...and Carla -- you are a taller, slightly wider shouldered and slimmer-legged version, i.e. we are all slim hourglasses, with some curves. And yes, there are variations in where our curves are, for sure....but we all have athletic thighs, a strong shoulder line, some curve to the waist but not a huge curve. 

    Fit is sooooo strange, though -- I guess it is the variables that make the difference. My calf measurement is actually the same as yours, Carla, and I'm a lot shorter, and my thighs/ hips are only slightly different -- enough to be proportionate with my shorter height. And I, too, have a longish bum (as how could I not, with my long rise?) 

    Meanwhile, Christina, who is curvier, often has great luck at J. Crew! In fact, it's often in checking out her outfits that I decide to make purchases for myself. :) So....scratches head....it must not be curves, exactly, but some other proportional issue at work....although even there, I have to wonder -- Christina is a bit short waisted, as am I, but I don't think she is long in the rise like I am, and her legs are relatively long while mine are just barely relatively short ..and on and on. 

    I do pay very close attention to the reviews when I order from them online. I look for reviewers who give good information about the fits. But by and large, I do pretty well with them. Even with the stuff I send back, it's rarely a fit issue -- much more often it's because I decide the item just isn't going to work for me. 

    I will say that I have tried some J. Crew jeans that worked great and others that were terrible on me. (Same problem you describe, Carla). Some of their earlier skinny styles were just not ever going to work on me, no how. But when I examine my closet, a huge proportion of what's in there comes from that store. I try to avoid it and always end up going back because it works better for me than most of the alternatives. The items below are just those in my current rotation...I've retired a ton, too!! 

    But in future, I will order shirts/ blouses a size larger, I think, based on these two. These ones work, but I wouldn't want to go any smaller in that shoulder area. 

  • kellygirl replied 1 month ago

    Superb haul! Love the pants and the lace blouse the best. SO gorgeous and festive!!

  • shevia replied 1 month ago

    The plaid pants are perfection in my book! Wow, and love the Laura Petrie reference. Looking back, I guess she was one of my early style icons. The blue of the lace and velvet top are stunning on you, as is the cut of the red top. Happy mirror news too!

  • Jessikams replied 1 month ago

    I have found j crew shirts are not fitting me around the shoulders and upper back lately! Your purchases look great though.

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Jessikams, thank you for letting me know -- at least I'm not alone! Good information. Maybe we should mention it in reviews. 

    I'm wearing the velvet shirt tonight and it is fine once it's on but truly, I would not want to go a fraction smaller on the shoulders. 

  • Eliza replied 1 month ago

    Great haul! One does need a pick me up at some point...
    Total candy eye for Laura Petrie pants and you wear this plaid pair beautifully. All of the top colors are terrific on you, too. The red top doesn’t look too orange on my screen. Happy holidays at home.

  • Bijou replied 1 month ago

    You look beautiful in all of these, the pants are just amazing on you. I love how the tartan is symmetrical and sits so nicely. Sorry to hear you have a headache, I hope it lifts quickly.

  • catherine replied 1 month ago

    Suz, you look so, so stylish. Those pants are perfect.

  • anchie replied 1 month ago

    Oh everything looks so great. You know how to select things that suits you.
    Just when I decided that J.Crew is not working for me, and now I am tempted again. We don’t have a J.Crew store here and ordering from US site is expensive and risky. There is currently good promotion going on, but returns are complicated and not free. Zalando here is selling small set of J.Crew items and I ordered recently few pants just to try to estimate sizing and fit to have more confidence ordering from US, but it didn’t help much, because nothing was good fit and I still don’t know which size I need.

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Anchie, I hear you. We have the same issue of no free returns here from J. Crew also. I used to be able to return to a store -- in person -- but now because of Covid and no doubt their financial issues, they have closed all our stores. Temporarily, they say, but I wonder. Anyway, returns cost and delivery usually costs, too, but this time I got it free. 

    I think online ordering only works if you have tried on enough of a maker's clothing and/or reviews and measurements given are accurate enough. It can be so risky and fraught otherwise. Ideally, makers would give accurate measurements and people would measure themselves just to be sure. 

  • Kyle replied 1 month ago

    Oh, that lace blouse is beyond gorgeous. I want one...to go exactly nowhere.

  • SarahD8 replied 1 month ago

    I'm late to the party, but you are very well dressed for it! I really like all of these items -- to me the standout is the lace shirt. Wow!

    Re: J Crew sizing, I do find them to run narrow through the shoulders and torso. I have relatively straight hips and a thick waist, and have been able to wear their pants in the past (I haven't really tried recently, because rises). I actually have a LOT of J Crew in my wardrobe, but it's all stuff that is designed to have a less tailored fit -- popover shirts, cardigans (which I wear open, so the narrow torso doesn't matter), a skirt with elastic at the back waist, a couple pullover sweaters with an oversized cut.

  • Sal replied 1 month ago

    What a lovely cheerful practical set of pieces.  Well relatively practical.  These will all last too and be great to bring out for future winter events.

    My favourite are the tartan pants.  Perfect fit and pattern on you.

  • RobinF replied 1 month ago

    These are great pieces! I love the pants on you, really perfect. I also love that velvet shirt. Interesting about the fit, I have always found them to fit small but I can't remember if I have tried pants and now from your description they may be good for my body type. Good to know. 

  • Christina F. replied 1 month ago

    As to J Crew sizing, I don't have any problem with shoulders. Mind are slight, relatively, and I need to size up in fitted shirts anyway since I'm short-waisted and curvy. As mentioned above, it does tend to be narrow in the torso.

    Most of my J Crew items are tops anyway. I have some pants, but those are very hit or miss on me, and a few jeans, skirts, sweaters and dresses. I have to rely on reviews etc to get it right.

    These recent items have been winners.I do have some pants but from past season (not so focused on needing pants during the pandemic and in my current verge of moving situation--mostly wearing jeans and I have plenty).

  • suntiger replied 1 month ago

    Wow especially to those pants and lace blouse- but great scores all round! J Crew never worked for my shape but so good on you!

  • Cee replied 1 month ago

    Aye, the NOO !!

  • FashIntern replied 1 month ago

    This post has been up for a few days. I just realized that it is phrased as a k/r question. Hard to believe, because these all seem to be your groove and to fit you just right. J Crew can be tricky for some, but when it’s right for you, it’s perfect. These all seem to fall on the good side of that line. It can be so hard to decide on HEWIs, at least for me. My mind keeps spinning and asking “is it really the one?” Going with a brand you know is a good way to resolve that.

  • lyn67 replied 1 month ago

    My love goes first to the velvet shirt, plaid pants and red sweater-but all are winers, pls keep! And what a great cut you have, now I could catch a glimpse of your side view and see it's longer on the nape,  I want that too-much more feminine!:-)

  • Roxanna replied 1 month ago

    These just look SO Great on you, Suz. Especially those pants! I am so jealous. My butt would look like a huge round Christmas ornament in those lol!

    I agree with your take on the velvet shirt - nice, but not particularly luxe looking to me, which I think is important in velvet. Sweater looks lovely.

  • Karie replied 1 month ago

    Sweet sister! Those plaid pants are gorgeous! The velvet top and lace shirt are spectacular too. Keep it all!

  • Laura replied 1 month ago

    Oh gosh, these items are so you! And you wear them to perfection. Velvet, lace, plaid - the texture and patterns are just divine!

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