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Turning Heads Tuesday – Plaid Suiting- Ways to Wear

Hello friends

I think I have stalked several websites for plaid blazers and trousers over the last couple of months. If you go on retail sites, you will see a barrage of plaid blazers and different checked and plaid trousers. I love this look! Even though I am not in the “workforce” per se, it still makes me feel good to wear a plaid suit!

Weekend Happenings

The location here is on Lake Norman, near our hang out, The Cottage. We usually kill 2 birds with one stone and do pictures here as there are some great settings. They had a fire pit going outside the restaurant next door, and we were about to warm ourselves up with our favorite Cabernet, Juggernaut from Napa, CA. I need my social time and I just love getting around the table and chatting with friends we have made there. Since my husband also works from home, it is nice to chat and get out!

I mentioned yesterday we went to a festival ar our local Farm to see border collies herd sheep. They are amazing dogs! We also watched a dog diving and this lab bought on Craigslist won at over 7 feet high and about 27 feet long. I would love to see Shih Tzus dive jump 2 feet! Lol! I would pay to see that!

This 2 yr old brown and white border collie would collapse into my arms and face as she would want a belly rub. She was very loving . I read that border collies need 2 hours a day of exercise as they are quite energetic and intelligent dogs.

Mad for Plaid- with a feminine touch

I was looking on H&M, Zara, Mango, and finally found trousers from H &M with this black and camel plaid pattern. I went to the store to try it on and they didn’t have the matching blazer to go with it. After about a month of feverishly stalking the website, the jacket finally came in stock in my size. I am wearing a 4 in both pieces, which is my regular size.

I thought of the possibilities of wearing this blazer and trousers separately and I will share it on the blog. In college, I had dark mustard and black plaid suit ( mini skirt and blazer set) that I adored wearing. I love a menswear look and thought this “suited” me just fine! You do know Id have to put my own spin on it though right? I went first for my floral silk blouses, and love the idea of mixing florals and plaid. But, I saw this rust-colored lace shell, with ruffles down the middle, and thought it would be a perfect mix!! The mix of masculine and feminine really gets my heart pumping!

Just a note! I bought this outfit about 10 days ago, and it is already out of stock at H&M. I am linking others that are similar or plaid blazers that I like. Here is a plaid Jacket from Nordstrom that is similar.

I have also linked some plaid trousers that I like or are similar.

If you missed yesterday’s post- Dark Florals with My Combat Boots- then you will see why!

So many ways to wear these pieces- here are a few.

  1. A classic look with the pants and camel sweater. Add sneakers for a more youthful and modern touch!
  2. Wear the blazer with jeans and style it with another print to print mix. Stripes, florals, other fun prints to create visual interest.
  3. You can’t go wrong with a plaid blazer and dark denim for Fall. Add some knee-high boots to your skinny jeans.
  4. Wear the blazer with a faux leather skirt. This is great “faux-leather weather” ( I just like saying that!)
  5. Wear the trousers with a Fall warm cozy thick knit.
  6. Try wearing the plaid blazer over a floral dress – the blazer adds additional shape and the patterns are fun to mix.
  7. There are plenty of ways to style these separates, stay tuned.

I’ve bought a double-breasted blazer as well and have some ideas on styling it. For me, even though I work on the blog from home; I enjoy wearing whatever I like to go out. If I suit makes me feel good one day and jeans and sneakers the next, it’s all about having fun with fashion!


blazer – H&M ( out of stock, this jacket is similar)

Trousers -H&M ( limited sizes,  linked other plaid pants. )

lace shell- Zara a few years ago

Dolce Vita booties- Nordstrom ( a similar pair)

Rebecca Minkoff Vanity handbag

vintage earrings- Etsy

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  • Reply
    November 17, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I’m definitely not petite, and I find that plaid makes me look and feel frumpy. Loved the way you paired the suit with lace to make it more feminine.

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    Anna Shirley
    November 15, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Such a nice look. Something I used to love to wear to my office. You nicely balanced the masculine and feminine. Love it!


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    Michelle Churchman
    November 14, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    That plaid suit looks smashing on you! Well done! Your persistence paid off. I have heard the same thing about border collies in regard to exercise. They are so fun to watch.

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    November 14, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I’m glad your stalking paid off-ha!

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    Prissy Missy
    November 14, 2019 at 12:49 am

    This suit is gorgeous!!!

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    Emma Peach
    November 13, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Such a stylish suit! It looks fabulous with the lace top. Great ideas for wearing the suit as separates too!

    Emma xxx

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    November 13, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    There’s just something about a suit that makes you feel so put together, isn’t there? You plaid suit looks fab on you, as always! And I love your tips for restyling the pieces!

    xx Darlene

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    November 13, 2019 at 5:50 am

    What a beautiful bag! 🙂

    x Merel

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    Cheryl Shops
    November 12, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    I have a plaid boyfriend blazer that I wear all the time to work—it doesn’t matter if you’re in a corporate office or not! Yours looks fab, and I really love your Rebecca Minkoff bag!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

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    Laura Bambrick
    November 12, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Polished and professional! That suit is great! I love the small print plaid!

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    November 12, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    I just love the lace with the plaid suit Jess!! It’s such a great dichotomy!!

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    Theresa Muth
    November 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Love, love your outfit! I had heard earlier this summer that plaid would be the rage this fall & still I have not yet purchased anything plaid! Thanks for this great post. Also love those earrings from etsy!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 15, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Thank you! I had the pants for awhile as the jacket was sold out and my patience paid off eventually! I do like plaid and youve got a wide choice out there now too!

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    November 12, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Such a beautiful classic outfit! I am always mad for plaid and your suit is no exception. Love your RM bag – it’s so pretty!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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    November 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Looking good in your plaid pantsuit Jess. I really like the addition of the lace. Many thanks for the link up , enjoy your week.

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    Midlife and beyond
    November 12, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    This suit looks fabulous on you Jess. Love the way you have styled it.
    Alison xx

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    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    November 12, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful plaid pantsuit and I love the touch of fall with the lacy rust colored blouse under the jacket.


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    Nicole of High Latitude Style
    November 12, 2019 at 11:34 am

    This pantsuit is so posh. The lace blouse makes it work for your romantic style. Well done.

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    Jacket Society
    November 12, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Love the mix of the feminine top with the masculine suit Jess. The top is very pretty on you and you know how I feel about blazers in any fabric 🙂

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    November 12, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I love these separates! There are endless ways to style them together and with other items – you listed some cute ideas! I’d probably do the faux leather skirt or floral dress! 🙂


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    November 12, 2019 at 9:54 am

    That blouse is a show stopper: stunning!

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    Lisa Richardson
    November 12, 2019 at 9:47 am

    You wear a suit beautifully. If I had anywhere to wear a plaid jacket, I’d definitely get one.

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    November 12, 2019 at 9:26 am

    You look fantastic in this outfit! Love how you paired the suit with that feminine top and the burgundy color looks amazing! Also gorgeous earrings!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

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    Suzanne Smith
    November 12, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Hi Jess!

    Lake Norman sounds amazing and you’re right about the beautiful surroundings…great place for pictures! I too have just purchased a plaid jacket. I got mine at Zara because I wasn’t totally willing to commit to a high price tag yet. I love how you’ve styled yours with a more feminine jacket!

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    November 12, 2019 at 9:07 am

    H&M has the best soft plaid finds. Their suiting is my favorite! Great look, Jess!



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    Amy Johnson
    November 12, 2019 at 8:58 am

    You look fabulous in this plaid suit.

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    November 12, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Love the plaid suits! “Menswear” patterns, especially in suits, are absolutely in right now! You’re rocking it!

    Madi | http://www.thevictress.com

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    Andrea Nine
    November 12, 2019 at 7:14 am

    So classy and timeless my beauty! I am featuring your look from last week on the Style Six link-up tomorrow. Always love your sweet style!

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    November 12, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Jess, this suit is amazing! I love the plaid and the way you have styled it. I haven’t worn (or owned) a suit in years but now you are making me want one! It sounds like such a fun weekend away socializing for you and Roy and watching all sorts of doggy games!


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    November 12, 2019 at 6:50 am

    What a great suit! Love the pretty lace top paired with the menswear plaid!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

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    November 12, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I love the plaid suit look. You wear it well. I have been searching for a matching plaid blazer and pants for myself.

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    November 12, 2019 at 6:14 am

    I love your bag and that suit looks so good on you! What a fun set! 🙂 The foggy event sounds like a great one too! We are fostering a collie at the moment – she is a lot more work than our little Shih Tzu, haha!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is off to a good start 🙂 The weekday wear linkup is live on my blog, I’d love you to join!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2019 at 9:18 am

      I look forward to styling the pieces. thank you! Oh yes, a bit more energy and work for the border collie, enjoy though!

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    Anika May
    November 12, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Gorgeous outfit, I love the deep red lace with the blazer, works so well!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    November 12, 2019 at 5:48 am

    What a fabulous plaid suit…it looks so good on you Jess!

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    November 12, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Love the color mix, burgundy lifts so many neutrals. Lovely!
    Pamela x

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    Kellyann Rohr
    November 12, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Wow Jess, such a different look for you but one I love! I really think you did a great job finding the perfect plaid. It does ‘”suit’ you so well! You’ll have a ball breaking up the pieces and wearing them separately!

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    November 12, 2019 at 2:54 am

    I’m a total blazer junkie Jess. This suit looks fabulous on xx

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    Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    November 12, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Oh you reminded me that I also have a suit like that! But striped. I am going to wear that one today! Thanks for the inspiration Jess!

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    Rosemary Davis
    November 12, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Hi Jess,

    Oh how I would have loved to visit with the Border Collies with you. You know my love for Shelties. They are often mistaken for Border Collies.

    I love your pantsuit❣️ I have always been a fan of the pant suit and have owned many over the years. We can never go wrong with a good Blazer.

    Thanks for today’s link-up!


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