*J.Crew Icon Trench Coat in Plaid Italian Wool - such a classic, gorgeous plaid coat done in subtle, understated tones of navy, olive green, & a gorgeous burgundy/rust shade. This is one of those coats that never goes out of style, and will be a true investment piece that you'll wear for many years to come.
Sizing: In my opinion, the sizing runs smaller on this one than it does the majority of coats and jackets offered at J.Crew over the past couple of years (it fits me the same as the Icon Trench Coat from 2010). For this reason, I would suggest sizing up at least one size for best fit (especially if you have broad shoulders), unless you are very small on top. I normally wear a 0 or 2 in coats and jackets at J.Crew (depending on the style), and the size 4 plaid Icon fits me well. If you're still in doubt as to which size you should choose, you can contact J.Crew Customer Service for exact measurements.
Warmth: As far as the warmth factor goes, I would consider this a fall or spring coat for those of us in colder climates, although if you layer a sweater underneath you may be able to get away with wearing it in colder temps, especially if you're just going from your warm house, to a warm car, to a warm office, store, etc. The lovely ladies living in the south, however, are more than likely able to wear the coat throughout the entire winter.
All in all, I think it truly is a really beautiful investment piece. The coat is now 30% Off with code SALETREAT until 10.31.16. for those interested.
*Frame 'Le Crew' Rib Knit Cotton Sweater in off-white...
or try this less spendy long-sleeve sweater.
*Eileen Fisher Plaid Flannel Crop Wide Leg Pants - beautifully done subtle plaid on the pants, making them a more neutral piece to wear with a large variety of colors.
Eileen Fisher clothing tends to run large, so consider sizing down one size from your norm if you're trying out her line for the first time. EF clothing does tend toward the spendy side, but more often than not the quality warrants the higher price tag, plus it is usually possible to score the majority of her clothing at really great sale prices...so bookmark the links!
*J.Crew Pavé Link Bracelet - this truly is a classic piece that will be worn for years to come.
I've had mine for many, many years and wear it at least several times a week.
*Dooney & Bourke Python Embossed Leather Small Satchel -
for those interested, I reviewed the handbag here back in 2012.
It's sold out now, but it looks like there may be a couple for sale on Ebay.
Dooney is still using the same embossed python as my bag, but on a different silhouette here in TMoro. Similar bags here and here in taupe, as well.
*J.Crew Lucite Heels in Velvet -
I was surprised at how much of a neutral the ash grey velvet color is in person.
They really are a very versatile shoe, not to mention quite comfortable.
The color of the velvet pairs beautifully with the bag, and the lucite heel compliments the reddish shade in the plaid of the coat, too.
The heels are currently sold out, but they do keep popping back up on the website in various sizes, so if you're looking for a pair keep checking this link, the J.Crew sale section, or call a store and ask them to check inventory for all the stores to see if anyone has them in your size.
Similar shoe option here in grey.
This pair also looks nice, and the cameo rose colorway appears as if it would be a perfect neutral.
That's it for now, my friends... enjoy your day!