What I Wore: Pink Plaid Pantsuit with Green

Wardrobe Oxygen in a pink plaid pantsuit from 1901 with a green faux fur stole and green Clare V. folder clutch

I’m on a suiting kick. It’s a hot trend right now (and based on NYFW runways will continue to be one) but it’s such a great way to feel and look strong, powerful, polished, sexy, sophisticated. I recently tailored all my old suits to fit the new me and when I put them on all perfectly shaped for my shape I feel like a badass. Plaid suits are the hottest of the suiting trends and I wanted one; when I saw this pink plaid pantsuit from 1901 at Nordstrom I felt it was a good choice. The crazy pink plaid but a classic suiting silhouette felt fun yet cool.

Wardrobe Oxygen in a pink plaid pantsuit from 1901 with a green faux fur stole and green Clare V. folder clutch

jacket | pants | blouse | boots | faux fur stole | bag | earrings | lipstick

Wardrobe Oxygen in a pink plaid pantsuit from 1901 with a green faux fur stole and green Clare V. folder clutch

Jacket: 1901 (14P) | Pants: 1901 (12) | Blouse: Ann Taylor (old; similar) | Booties: ASOS (similar) | Earrings: Lovestruck Earrings c/o Jenny Bird | Faux Fur Stole: Sole Society (similar) | Bag: Clare V. (back in stock!) | Lipstick: L'Oreal in True Red

Wardrobe Oxygen in a pink plaid pantsuit from 1901 with a green faux fur stole and green Clare V. folder clutch

Wardrobe Oxygen in a pink plaid pantsuit from 1901 with a green faux fur stole and green Clare V. folder clutch

I usually love suits with camisoles; the lower neck I elongates my body, gives a feminine vibe, balances my large bust. But lately it just feels so… typical. And I’m really down with the covered up yet sexy vibe, the masculine made feminine. Similar to how I styled my navy pinstriped suit, I decided to style this pantsuit with a collared blouse with drape and taller ankle booties. This blouse is the one I mentioned in my core wardrobe; it’s far too big and you can see in the photos that the sleeves kept sliding down out from the cuffs of the blazer.  These boots I've had for a while; even though they were cheap I regularly take them to the tailor to reheel and resole so they've lasted several seasons.

Wardrobe Oxygen in a pink plaid pantsuit from 1901 with a green faux fur stole and green Clare V. folder clutch

I’ll admit the first time this suit was worn was for this photo shoot. It arrived, I tried it on, and wanted to shoot it. I plan on taking it to the tailor; I’m doing that with so much of my wardrobe these days because it really elevates pieces and makes the body look way better. I originally tried this one with pumps and liked the pant length, but now with booties I’m thinking I will shorten the pants a bit. They were sold as ankle-length pants; they didn’t have petite so they are long but I like the fit in the rise. I also will shorten the blazer sleeves a bit. Nothing major, but such details make a difference.

Wardrobe Oxygen in a pink plaid pantsuit from 1901 with a green faux fur stole and green Clare V. folder clutch

While I styled this suit with black, the plaid is actually green, pink, and a very dark navy. You’d never notice unless you saw the navy jacket lining. I don’t think things need to be matchy-matchy and preferred it with black. I think this is the kind of plaid that looks great with other prints; I was considering wearing it with leopard pumps and think a striped tee (not wide stripes, primarily white with narrow darker stripes) would be two great pattern choices. I also would love to wear this suit with a graphic t-shirt and maybe a pair of brogues.

Wardrobe Oxygen in a pink plaid pantsuit from 1901 with a green faux fur stole and green Clare V. folder clutch

The pieces are also great separately. I saw a promoted Instagram post by Cynthia Rowley that had the most gosh-awful styling, but it did have orangey plaid pants with a pink crewneck sweater that inspired me for a future outfit… maybe a red sweater? And this plaid blazer will look so fresh with a pair of jeans – blue now, and white in the warmer months.

Wardrobe Oxygen in a pink plaid pantsuit from 1901 with a green faux fur stole and green Clare V. folder clutch

As for the green? I often grab this clutch to wear with items that have no green whatsoever because it offers contrast without being a spotlight stealer (see here with an outfit that has no green in it). When pulling it out of the closet I remembered this stole (seen before here) and thought… why not? Suits are no longer just for the office, in fact they’re my favorite thing to wear to parties and events. They're more low maintenance than dresses or jumpsuits – plenty of pockets, easy to use the facilities, work with low shoes and normal bras, you don’t even need to shave your legs!

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17 Comments

  1. Hilary
    February 21, 2019 / 8:53 am

    What a fresh, fun color combination!
    You mentioned that you’ve tailored your other suits and will be having this one altered as well — would you consider doing a post showing garments before/after alterations? Outside of having pant legs and sleeves shortened, I’m not sure how to self-assess what alterations can be done to a garment to improve/change the fit. Thank you!

    • February 21, 2019 / 9:24 am

      Oooh good idea! I have a suit to take to the tailor… maybe I’ll do a post and a video! TBH I’m terrible with it. My new thing to describe it for my tailor is, this isn’t a work suit this is a party suit. This helps him realize I’m desiring narrower arms and a tapered leg. We’re getting to know one another, but he doesn’t flinch at, “I want my butt to look lifted not saggy” and he’ll do a nip under the butt so it curves a bit without being tight. Or, “I need the jacket to work with my chest, not stick out from it” and he knows then to do darts and trim in under the bust and also above the bust. But it’s definitely like any other relationship, with time you become better at communicating and understanding one another!

  2. February 19, 2019 / 10:27 am

    I”ve always loved suits. On trend or not – this one is superb and the color combination right on.

  3. Alison French-Tubo
    February 18, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    Very fierce!

  4. RoseAG
    February 18, 2019 / 6:22 pm

    That would make a striking suit.
    I have a different leg physique and would probably go with black patent loafers.

    • February 19, 2019 / 11:43 am

      I think it would look great with black patent loafers!

  5. February 18, 2019 / 1:36 pm

    That’s a gorgeous suit! I love the colour and the pattern, it makes the look fun and interesting without being too classic.

  6. Nebraskim
    February 18, 2019 / 1:05 pm

    I love this beyond all things. Well done. So perfect. So powerful. So you.

  7. Linda
    February 18, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    Can we talk about how great your hair looks? The whole ensemble is fabulous.

  8. Jane
    February 18, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    The suit is awesome. It also looks like you can break it up in a number of creative ways. But how do you walk in those heels?

    • February 19, 2019 / 12:31 pm

      LOL it may not look like it but these are really comfortable boots! I find more comfort and stability with a heeled boot than a pump or sandal these days. While I won’t run a mile in these, I can wear them for several hours. I also added insoles to increase the comfort!

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