So I ordered the Banana Republic side zip Sloan pant on Gaylene's recommendation. SCORE!! Got them for 50% off, too.

First off, I went up a size compared to my usual BR size, and I'm glad I did. I don't think I'd have fit into them if I ordered my regular size, and as it is, they definitely feel like leggings to me. Sort of a woven legging, if that makes sense. They have less stretch than the usual Sloans. In fact, they're a heck of a lot like the Theory moto pants that I baby in order to preserve -- but cheaper. They are calf sucking, but I can get them on thanks to the ankle zips.

Can they act as a kind of legging substitute, do you think?

Next, see Suz do Deborah! A pale imitation, in more ways than one. But I found this Cynthia Rowley vest when I was at Winner's today shopping for my daughter, and oops! It landed in my cart. I love the cut. Once again, it can be worn funnel necked. It's not too voluminous but it has the wide spread collar. Covers the bum in back. A bit longer in front.

Architectural drape vs. soft drape. My kind.

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