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Let’s Try This Again – Plaid Pants


I returned the vest, on EVERYONE’S suggestion.  It was the easiest return ever:

Me: “I blog my outfits for help, and I got 100% feedback to return this vest.”

Her: “Really?  It’s so cute.”

Me: “Yep, the comments ranged from ‘too matronly’ to ‘too long.'”

Her: “I can see that.  Do you blog every outfit?”

Me: “Right now, yes.  I need lots of help.”

And off to the dressing room she took me.  I bought two new shirts (none that work with the pants).  I tried on HEAPS of tops with those pants on in the store, and nothing was quite right.  But as I mentioned in a comment, I remembered a few things in my closet to try.  I am keeping those pants, come hell or high water!

They taught me a little something – to add a visual between your top and pants to create interest and break up a look that may not match at first glance.  I tried that here (#1), and I think the blue sweater looks better now with the pants.



(My God, these pictures look just terrible… I need a better way to take these photos… more natural light needed.)

Up next (#2), a grey top that I had completely forgotten about.



Here they are with a grey cable knit (#3), something they told me in the store would add interest.  Notice the black shirt again underneath to add a separation 😉



And now, for the two that I think you’ll all rule out.  I thought this first one (#4) would be a winner… I’m thinking no:



And finally, the last one (#5) knew from the start that this would not work.



OK – so that’s what I have in addition to the black turtleneck sweater and the chambray shirt that I bought with it (I LOVE that shirt…. I wish I didn’t, but I do).



Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

28 thoughts on “Let’s Try This Again – Plaid Pants

  1. I like the addition of the black shirt underneath – it really does make the outfit look a little bit more put together. And I really like that you are keeping the pants! They look awesome on you! 🙂

  2. Haha everyone should have a group of bloggy pals to help with daily outfits! 🙂 I definitely agree about the added ‘break up’ item and think #1 is now definitely a great look. And #2, I love! I think that is my favourite of all! The others I think may just have too much going on to go with pants that have so much going on (the plaid print) which is why they don’t work so well. I love that hole-y shouldered top but you are right, probably not with those pants. It will look great with plain jeans though (which I think you showed us on another post).

  3. “Right now yes, I need a lot of help” oh you make me laugh you crazy girl 😂

  4. And outfit #3 for the win!

  5. Although I still don’t like the plaid pattern of the pants (sorry), I think outfits #2 and #3 work well.

    • I know – you either love them or hate them 🙂 I HATED them when they brought them into me last week, and once on, I was in love with them.

      Thank you for the feedback even though you hate the pants! I appreciate it!

  6. I am not a plaid pants fan (I generally do not like patterned leggings of any kind) but outfit #3 looks good.

    • Thank you!

      I remember in January, someone tried selling me patterned leggings and I would NOT HAVE IT! I stood in the dressing room thinking that gal was INSANE for suggesting such a thing. HA! I don’t think I’ll buy many more, but these ones are just calling me!

  7. #1 and #3 are awesome! You look great!

  8. I’m so loving this 🙂 I honestly love the pants. Before the Margaret M pants I bought last month, I’d have sworn UP & DOWN that I hated printed pants…and now I”m kind of in love. I seriously love those pants on you. 🙂

    At any rate ,yes, the black tank makes a huge difference (great lesson!) and #4 shirt would be awesome with jeans, just not those pants. #5 sleeve pattern is cute, but I don’t love with those pants. Maybe replace with either grey or colored leggings with those boots and see what you think?

    • So funny because…. When you got those pants, I was all “no WAY would I buy printed pants.”. And then, not even 2 weeks later! 😉

      That top in#5 was bought with cute black leggings. I regret that top/dress…. Too loose on top and too “cute.”

  9. Oh I esp. Like #3 and #2. I love plaid pants I had a pair at university that I wore all the time but they have to be the right fit. They do look awesome on you. Good on you for trying new things often things you never thought would look good are the best things ever.

  10. I like #s 2 and 3 for sure. #1 is good with the color, but I think that top is too big on you. No? I am fully on board with the layer underneath to break things up. This is actually the reason I still wear all of my nursing tanks (small boobs also make that possible), because they’re a great length for layering. Not only does that break the colors up but I think it also makes things look more put together, like you put a little more thought into things.

    Some questions – I thought from the original post that the pants were grey and black… but they’re blue and black? Also, what is the waist of the pant like? And the bottom?

    A couple thoughts:

    1. Try something tucked in with a belt (are there belt loops?). Like maybe a plain tee and then throw on a cardigan or a grandpa sweater or something. Sooort of like this:

    2. Try a white or really light grey/blue top. Maybe even a graphic one would look cool:

    3. Try them on with your grey keds, please!! It’ll be a totally different look that I want to see!

    • That#1 sweater is supposed to be big… It’s a M. I TOTALLY agree with your thought that the extra layer makes it look like you put more thought into the outfit.

      YES blue and black! And they are a legging top – pull on with no fly. No belt loops.

      Thank you for the t-shirt link… Because in the store, these looked awesome with a light grey graphic tank… But it was snagged (and $50 – um no!). I spent hours last night on Etsy looking at graphic tees and almost died a post on them. I’m obsessed!

      Keds pic coming…


      The graphic tee they put with the pants and looked great!!! Check out all their tees. This is the store that’s opening my mind (along with you all!).

  11. I didn’t comment on the first run, but I love the pants….Loved them in the first post too. I have zero fashion sense so I really am the last person you want comments from in this arena, but I do like the #3 outfit the best. #2 is a close second. Have fun on your next outing….

  12. I really like #3 and you have inspired me to take a little more time and effort into my clothes/appearance each day. I feel so much better when I’m in an outfit so thanks!!

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