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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere Trouser

Plaid trousers rank high on the list of wardrobe essentials, especially this fall because we are in love with all shades of  brown and beige.  Plaid pants are classy, sophisticated and timeless. You can dress them up or down and they work with an array of tops, sweaters and jackets.  After a long quest to find the perfect plaid pant that wouldn’t break the bank, I landed on the Julie Randi pant at Ann Taylor Loft online for $79.50.  It is made of polyester, rayon and spandex and is also machine washable (yeah!).  Sitting slightly below the waist, it has a wide leg silhouette but it is contoured through the hip and thigh.  Additional features include two front pockets and two back pockets with button closures.  It also has wide belt loops so you can sport a leather belt with these pants when you want to change up your look.  The Randi plaid pant also comes in a “lean” straight leg style for $69.99 and both styles also come in petite. If you are shopping for outfits that take you from work to an evening out, then I suggest you pair these trousers with a cream silk top such as the ruffle front cap sleeve shell that is featured at Banana Republic online for $69.50. Want to go slightly bolder?  Then try a paisley or print top such as the Talbot’s cream and camel floral ruffled silk shell for $89. Yes, plaids and patterns do go together. Just make sure that the colors in each item are complementary and that the patterns and plaids aren't competing with each other for attention. Add a punch of color to your neutral palette and round out your outfit with the Kate Spade New York Paulina embellished cardigan in chartreuse. Not only is the color sensational but the round neck of this retro style beauty of a sweater is bordered in jewels. You can find this item for 40% off at Nordstrom online. Originally $295, it is currently selling for $176.90.  And now for the fait accompli….a leather motorcycle style jacket in a rich chestnut brown for those chilly autumn days. I guarantee that you will make a statement and feel terrific in this head turning ensemble!

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