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Look of the Week: Red, White and Tweed

Look of the Week: Red, White and Tweed

I love surprise sales. I love them, even more, when the selections appeal to my style and the discounts are heavy. Today I’m showing you a few things I tried on but it’s not a dressing room diaries because I tried on what I hoped to buy for myself…not to show you the collection.

Since this DRD, I’ve been on the hunt for a white or ivory spring blazer. My hunt ended yesterday with this tweed, fringe trim jacket from Ann Taylor.

I had to try on 4 different sizes of this blazer on before I found the look and fit I wanted. I started with a 10 petite, my usual size in Ann Taylor jackets. The sleeves are meant to be cropped but they just looked a bit too short. I wanted them full length so I chose a regular 10. That felt snug through the torso so I went up to a 12. As I shared here, I pay no attention to size tags and don’t give them the power to make me feel good or bad about my size. These pants are a cotton/spandex black and white gingham. I’m wearing a 10 petite which is too large and too big. They’re meant to be cropped but I wanted them full length with the highest rise possible so I chose the regular rather than petite. These are also too large so I have ordered the 8 regular. They’re also available in tall in multiple colors and patterns.

Here are the cotton pants in regular length, which I prefer on me. I’m wearing it with this mixed jersey tank which I already own in 3 colors. It’s classier than a knit tank because the front is woven and the back is knit for comfort. This knit sweater jacket was a pleasant surprise. They call it Bollywood pink, but I see it as clear, cool toned red. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I tried it on and decided I had to have it. I don’t wear red, ever! But this made my complexion look clear and brought life to my face to it had to come home with me. This just goes to show, never say never with fashion. Try things on before you decide. It’s available in winter white but I’d already decided on the blazer so the red came home with me. I’m wearing a regular in a medium. It’s also available in petite which I would find too short.

These linen/cotton palazzo pants are what enticed me into the store. I love the wide-legged silhouette, high rise and the classic, 1940’s vibe. They’re also available in rayon here in regular, petite and tall. This is a 10 petite which I’ll need to hem.

Finally, I tried on these crops. The sign by the display described them as “flattering on every woman”. The rise on both is high but the petites are the intended length on me. I’m trying really hard to embrace wide crops because I love the look. This side by side shot is enlightening. My legs look longer on the right but I look taller on the left…of course, shoes would change everything. I’m still undecided about wide crops on me because I want to have both.

What do you think?

Do you limit your shopping to the category that should fit you?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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27 Comments

  1. Yvonne
    May 20, 2019 / 3:47 am

    I’m so glad that the wide leg crops and full length pants are back in style. You made some great choices here, especially the white jacket with the palazzo pants.

  2. Mary
    May 20, 2019 / 5:28 am

    The gingham outfit is a winner! It looks really nice on you. I’m not sure about wide cropped pants, but I like the way they look on you. I guess I should try a pair. Happy Monday!

  3. Sue G
    May 20, 2019 / 5:28 am

    I bought a pair of wide leg crops last year and I’m still trying to decide if they look good on me. I really like the style and how “easy breezy” I feel wearing them but the length is difficult (I’m 5’2” and wear a 12 regular).
    Love the white tweed jacket!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 8:51 am

      That’s what I like about them too. I’ve just not found a pair I’m happy with.

  4. Kathy
    May 20, 2019 / 5:46 am

    I’m not a fan of wide-legged crops, and think they’ll be old news next year, but I do love the white jacket, the gingham pants, and even the red jacket. Red is not my favorite color, but you’ve styled it perfectly. Also, full length pants with a high rise are what I look for. I’ve been 5’9” since I was 12 YO, and cropped pants feel too short. I’m 69 BTW.

  5. Kathy
    May 20, 2019 / 5:59 am

    I like the wide leg crops on you. I like the shorter version in the left picture. Nice to see someone my height (5’4”) in crops. It’s hard to determine the right length for crops. I usually get a regular size in pants but in a recent jcrew crop jeans purchase I ended up getting petite to get the right length.
    Thanks for showing the trends to this fashionable over-60 gal.

  6. Andra
    May 20, 2019 / 6:19 am

    I love the red sweater jacket on you, Jennifer!

  7. Marce
    May 20, 2019 / 6:34 am

    I am frequently surprised that things I think will look great don’t always and vice versa. I’ve learned to try on things just to see… especially if I like a certain aspect such as the material, the pattern, if I see how it might fit in my wardrobe etcetera. Reading your posts have given me great insight into noticing how clothes create a visual picture that can enhance/highlight my body or do the opposite. Just loving the color or having something fit isn’t always enough. This is probably why I am sometimes surprised at how different a photo of me looks compared to how I felt I looked. Thank you!!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 8:50 am

      That’s why I recommend taking selfies of your outfits because you learn by observing what looks best on you.

  8. Kat
    May 20, 2019 / 8:03 am

    That little white jacket is adorable! I really appreciate your comments re: proportion and color. Helps me out when I’m shopping for myself.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 8:49 am

      I’m glad you find them helpful.

  9. Denise
    May 20, 2019 / 8:25 am

    I love the palazzo pants and the white jacket. Also the the black and white checked pants. I don’t think crop pants look good on anyone unless you’re model tall and skinny.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 8:48 am

      You may be right about those crops. I haven’t found a flattering pair yet!

  10. Dianne
    May 20, 2019 / 9:03 am

    Love the first outfit with the palazzo pants. They are so elegant. Skinnies are more for casual wear I think. I also like the red jacket and have been told that red is my colour. I always feel better when I can fit into a smaller size even though that has more to do with the manufacturer than me. I need to get over that, if possible.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 4:45 pm

      Cut the labels out Dianne. In some brands I wear a large, in others an XS. There is no parity in sizing

  11. May 20, 2019 / 10:45 am

    Looks like you are ready for your trip! Great choices… love the red jacket!

  12. May 20, 2019 / 1:05 pm

    I absolutely love the white jacket with the white top and beige palazzo pants! I’m still looking for a lighter weight white jacket for summer. I’m afraid the lined tweed would not work during the warm weather. The gingham pants are adorable and I tried on some very similar but definitely did not look as good on me as they do on you. I am still on the fence about wide crops, maybe I just haven’t found the right ones. I just bought another pair of black long wide pants in a very light weight gauzy fabric. They will be perfect for hot weather ahead. I’m 5’4” and prefer long pants over capris or crops. Capris, Bermudas or shorts are OK for me around the house or camping, but I’m just not comfortable in them otherwise. I love that shade of red on you, it does brighten up everything and gives you a glow.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 4:49 pm

      I’m with you on the crops Norma. Narrow ones chop my leg line and make me look shorter.When it gets super hot here I won’t be wearing the white jacket either. Then it’ll be linen all the way.

  13. Pam Herrlinger
    May 20, 2019 / 2:14 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of fringed tweed jackets, mostly because they looked dowdy and dated to me, but in solid white it’s a different look! I’ll be heading to my local Ann Taylor store to try that one on! I also love the linen palazzo pants – skinny pants on someone with curves isn’t always attractive and I feel accentuates the size of my butt, but the wider legs are elegant and slimming. I’ve shrunk to 5′ now and dressing is even harder than it was at 5’2″ .

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 4:51 pm

      At 5 foot you’ll have to hem these linen pants too. But the long line they give is so flattering!!

  14. Joan
    May 20, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    Loved your styling in this post. Ordered the jacket and tanks today! The palazzo pant looks great on you but just a bit full for my 5’2 frame. You look super chic and slim. Very helpful post.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 20, 2019 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks Joan. I think it’s the line of the clothes because I haven’t been this heavy in many years. I hope you like them as much as I do.

  15. Pat
    May 20, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    Great looks. I like the longer pants better and I think you would get more mileage out of them.

  16. Sheila-Merle Johnson
    May 22, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    I love the wide-leg pants – both lengths on you. Totally different feeling. We have such different body shapes and styles that most of what you show wouldn’t work on me, but I love seeing you style yourself. It does give me some different ideas. Pray tell, why do you hold the phone in front of you in these photos?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 24, 2019 / 5:50 am

      Good question. I hold the phone there so I can see into the screen to make sure I’m getting the whole outfit. It’s the easiest angle to be sure I don’t but off a leg or arm. 🙂

  17. Cathy
    May 23, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    The white jacket and wide length pants outfit is great on you! Of course, the pants need to be hemmed, but the proportion of the jacket, the collar, the pearls, flatter your shape so well! Just a great look…

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 24, 2019 / 5:51 am

      Thanks Cathy. I love the look too.

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