I wanted to combine three tomato red wardrobe items in one outfit because the colour makes me very happy. Out with the twinset and in with the tripletset. Why not! Thanksgiving Day seems like a suitable occasion to debut the bright column of colour, because it’s festive, smart casual, and very comfortable. Just right for a day of cooking, eating, yakking and laughing with family and friends. 

The coat, pullover and trousers are from J.Crew, which is probably why the shades of red are a close match. I bought all three woollen items over the course of five years, and am impressed with the quality. The old coat is a wardrobe workhorse and still in great condition. The trousers have retained their colour, length and fit despite many trips to the cleaners. And the pullover has neither pilled nor shrunk. Good going, J.Crew. 

Coat Shoulders - Close

Coat - Walk

The fit of the pullover and trousers are gently fluid, which means a little roomier than tailored but not at all oversized. The coat is a tailored classic, but sufficiently roomy to fit over a chunky, fluid piece like this pullover.

Coat Front - Full

Coat - Side

I’m wearing the pullover over the trousers to create a jumpsuit effect. I left off the belt to keep the silhouette simple and loose around the midsection, which is a must after Thanksgiving Day dinner. I’m not sure I would like this combination as much in a neutral, but the effect in tomato red makes it feel special and different.

Coat Path

Each time I wear a pair of wool trousers instead of jeans I wonder why I don’t wear them more frequently. They are dressier, more streamlining, and more comfortable. I definitely need to wear my trousers more regularly because I adore their look and feel. 

Jumper & Bag - Side

Jumper & Bag - Close

Jumper & Bag - Front

I chose my cream pointy toe booties with black trim to complete the outfit for two reasons: They bookend my hair and pick up the black buttons on the coat. The gold clutch and red lipstick provide a festive finishing touch. No need for jewellery, other than a watch and wedding ring. I’ll be wearing my apple green specs indoors, but my tortoiseshell sunnies outside because it’s lovely and sunny this week.

Jumper - Front

Our beautiful blue skies have brought cold temperatures to Seattle, but I will be cozy and insulated in this outfit. I will also wear this outfit to shop with clients, because you don’t need a party to wear a festive outfit. And it’s fun when old wardrobe items come together to create a new outfit that’s right for this time of year.

Coat Shoulders - Full