It’s rare on this blog that we feature a post dedicated to an outfit, but I’ve gotten so many compliments (and a lot of wear) out of these pants that I figured I should share some details about where I got it from and how they feel.
On the east coast, the past few weeks have had days that have been very, very chilly. It seemed like fall weather was taking it’s little ole’ time for quite a while, but as soon as October hit, we were met with some rainy weather, some fall temperatures, and then it was suddenly 34 degrees.
Even as I’m writing this, it’s in the 40s and my hands feel like icicles because I wasn’t ready for this.
Anyway, as a result, I’ve been breaking out my warmer trenches, vaseline (anyone else put this on top of their lotion?) and boots a lot earlier than I originally intended to. As much I don’t like winter temperatures, I am embracing the reality that it’s getting colder and that I need to dress accordingly, whether the calendar says it still fall or not.
Plus, I guess, winter is less than a month away.
One of my favorite transitional outfits is a nice sweater under a long coat with warm pants and nice shoes. Boom. I guess that’s kind of the blueprint for almost every outfit this time of year, though, right? 😉 It’s nothing fancy, but it’s my go-to this time of year when I want to dress warm, but nice.
This outfit, if I had to choose, would have to be one of my favorites, however. It’s comfortable, cool enough to brave the cool mornings and evenings, but cool enough that if the weather gets too hot in the afternoon, I can take my coat off and still be okay. It includes one of my favorite trench coats to wear this time of year and easily my favorite pants that I’ve worn all season. You will probably see me in this outfit, a lot.
This turtleneck is definitely fitted, something I’m not quite used to when it comes to turtlenecks since most of my turtleneck sweaters are pretty loose. I actually almost returned it because it wasn’t quite the fit I was imagining it would be, but that’s the way it’s supposed to fit and I ended up really liking it! It goes nicely when paired with a pair of statement pants like the ones I’m wearing or jeans or even a skirt. I really liked the silhouette of pairing this black sweater with the jacket and with my plaid pants.
Plaid is one of my favorite prints to wear during the cooler months. Usually, I wear a lot of red plaids in the fall and Blackwatch plaids in the later fall months and winter. The print is so much fun to pair with a tan jacket or black sweater or white blouse. It’s also probably one of my favorites of the two because it goes with just about everything.
These pants were picked up from the Calvin Klein Outlet stores while shopping with my ummanim for Han and they are so so comfy. I cannot stress enough how soft and how good the quality it is. They’re stretchy, so they’re soft like leggings but thick like pants. I have received so many compliments on these pants because they add a little something special to an outfit like this which would otherwise be pretty bland.
With these pants, you could have size down, since they’re so stretchy. I almost did, but I felt that while the smaller size fit better around my waist, it fit tight around my thigh area. Since I knew I’d be wearing these as pants, I didn’t want them to appear like they were leggings, so I sized up and figured I could take in the waist if need be. But let’s be honest, with the holidays coming up, these pants are going to come in handy.
Unfortunately by the time I finally made a post about these pants I’ve been wearing for a while, the pants I’m wearing are sold out, I figured it would be helpful to share some similar options that are either similar in fit and brand (as in the exact pants I’m wearing but a different pattern) or a different brand, but a similar fit and pattern. As soon as I find them again I’ll definitely update the links!
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Some Alternative Options
Gap Pants: These ones I’ve been eyeing in a different print, but they have these ones in the Blackwatch print that look very similar to the ones I already own! The length on the pair I am wearing is a little longer than these ones, but these are also high-waisted! These are also budget-friendly!
J Crew: This is definitely a splurge item, depending on your budget, but these are also a great option if you’re looking for Blackwatch pants similar to the ones I’m wearing.
Old Navy: These are a baggier alternative, but I actually like the fit of these and think they would look great with a fitted turtleneck or even a slouchy sweater that you can tuck in, similar to how the model is wearing it.
Ann Taylor Pants: These ones are also very, very close to the pair I own, but these ones are also $98. I am linking it because it is probably the most similar of the ones I’ve listed, but it’s also very much a splurge item. If you are looking for Blackwatch pants on a budget, the other suggestions work just as well, honestly!
These are easily one of my favorite pairs of pants that I own right now. It’s a bit out of my comfort zone in terms of the wearing patterned bottoms, but they’re so comfortable and add a little something extra to my rather neutral outfits this time of year.
What’s an accessory or clothing item that makes you feel confident?