WIW: Spring tweed & harem pants

When I saw Angie's ensemble idea today, I was excited to see that I had worn it a day ahead of her post! For St. Patrick's day, I pulled out a super-green outfit, with my green tweed jacket and a green tee underneath.
I'm also adding another St. Patrick's week outfit, featuring a green sweater. Following DonnaF's suggestion, I did wear green each day for a full week preceding St. Patrick's day, but these are the only two outfits I got photos of.
The outfits:

1-3 (worn to work): black harem pants (Eileen Fisher); green tweed boxy jacket (made by me); green scoop-neck long sleeved tee (Caslon); flat black ankle booties (Munro, Lexie).

4-5 (worn to work): dark brown wool copped pants (made by me); landscape print tee with brown sleeves (made by me); dark forest green cashmere shrug (made by me); taupe cutout booties (Kork-Ease, Stina).

Thanks for looking! I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

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  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Hey! I could maybe wear a Chanel-y jacket if I had harem pants like these...

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Yes, you could, Rachy!

  • Tanya replied 4 years ago

    Love both outfits! The tweed jacket and harem pants pairing is super creative and the proportions on the second outfit are very flattering. You also look great in that shade of green.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago


    You have done the ensemble proud, in your lateral way, Sharan. 

  • replied 4 years ago

    Agreeing with Angie. Way out of my wheelhouse , (the full drop harems) but striking on you  and perfectly styled nonetheless.  

  • replied 4 years ago

    The wool pants are amazing, and look great on you. They look like they drape nicely (the last photo kind of shows that) and I think you chose the perfect length. Very flattering with the light tone booties.

    You are also sporting those super harems that Dashielle has. I love those!
    Fun green jacket too!

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!
    Angie, aw, I'm so happy to have done the ensemble proud!

    Lisa, I could see you in harem pants--you would give them an edgy, hip look--but it's all about one's comfort level!

    Smittie, yes, Dashielle had these harem pants first, and I had to copy her! Thanks for your compliment on the wool pants. I love the fabric, too, and the drape is what I really like about them. I always feel they are bit of a challenge to style, so I appreciate your comment and Tanya's, too.

  • Peri replied 4 years ago

    Love the green!!! And the tops of course by that brilliant made by me line!

  • SecretSquirrel replied 4 years ago

    Lovely. I am coveting your tweed jacket. And the landscape pattern on the second top is beautiful, what a fabric find.

    Silly question, is there a lot of freedom of movement in the harems? I have harem leggings, so with less of a dropped crotch, and I was wondering if with yours it felt like you are wearing a tube skirt (e.g a little constrictive) or you can move more freely, like with trousers?

  • replied 4 years ago

    Actually, that's something I wondered about with regards to these pants too.....

  • Karie replied 4 years ago

    That green tweed jacket is stunning - the fabric looks gorgeous in the photos (your camera captured the luminescence of it brilliantly) and I'm sure it's even nicer in person. And outfit #2 just takes my breath away - head to toe made by you, perfection!

  • Sheila replied 4 years ago

    Whoa that green tweed jacket is amazing on you! Congratulations on being such a capable seamstress (or sewist or sewer or whatever they are called nowadays). Great outfits.

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    #1 is soooo fun! Some really great volume going on there. And a green tweedy jacket is certainly unexpected -- not just because most of the ones I see are neutrals, but because you also tend to dress more in neutrals! Very fun. Really liking that you did lighter booties with the second look. And that it's a chocolate brown versus black which probably looks nice and rich in person. Longer hair is looking good, too! Are you still planning to go with a shag?

  • SarahTheWhite replied 4 years ago

    As always, I am in awe of your mad sewing skills! These outfits are so fantastic - you look wonderful! I am intrigued by the haram pants...

  • BJ replied 4 years ago

    Your sewing skills are impressive and the fit is awesome. Like them all.
    Also wondering about how the harem pants feel. Are you aware of fabric bunching up? 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Your hair is getting so long, Sharan! Looks great on you. And what outfits! I love how you have made the tweed jacket your own. So unique and unusual with the harems. Someone ought to take a street style photo of you!

    I also love the second outfit. You are Queen of picking the right pattern for yourself. 

  • Brooklyn replied 4 years ago

    I love the way your interpretation of the ensemble is so arty and individual and true to your style. I only wish there was more green!!! YLF!

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    You knocked this ensemble out of the park. The classic tweed jacket with harem pants and those booties is so modern and so unexpected. Do you ever wear the tee in the second outfit with the green tweed jacket? Both outfits are stunning on you.

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    Who would have thought this combination would be so marvelous!  The boxy boldness of the jacket holds its own against the dramatic harem pants.  Beautiful!   And home sewing for the win in the second outfit!  Great silhouette!

  • Debbie replied 4 years ago

    I love the sleeves on your jacket. The way you put this ensemble together is amazing. You made it you!
    Love your hair!

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thank you, everyone!
    Secret Squirrel, Lisa, and BJ, the harem pants are very comfy and give a range of movement like trousers. I am much more comfortable in the harem pants than in a tube skirt. The only awkward thing is trying to cross one's legs when sitting in them, and even that can work, just not as comfortably as in a skirt. I don't usually cross my legs in trousers, anyway, since it can add a lot of wrinkles.

    Karie and Aida, the green tweed is luminous (good word for it, Karie), and actually quite bright in person, brighter than I would normally choose. There's a story behind it: There is a deep olive thread grounding the weave, which of course appealed to me.  Among the thick yarns woven through it is a very bright lime that made me hesitate for a few years before making anything with it (I bought the fabric online, and I didn't realize how prominent that lime would look in person)! It also has teal, black, a light periwinkle, and some off white in it. I think I just needed to find the right not-too-traditional style to make it up in. The welts on the pockets are black faux leather.

    Aida and Suz, thanks for the hair compliments. I don't think I'm going for a shag after all, Aida. My hairdresser said I'd need a lot more length to do that, and her idea of a bob is kind of layered or textured anyway, so I think I'm sticking with a medium/longish bob. Tomorrow I'm getting it trimmed. And Suz, a street style photo, huh? That's really nice of you to say!

    Brooklyn, "more green" indeed! Makes me think of "more cowbell"--ha ha!

    Joy, I'll have to hold up the t-shirt with the jacket and see. I think the colors are different families, though. Thanks for the idea, anyway!

  • Style Fan replied 4 years ago

    Your hair looks gorgeous long.  Love your outfits.  I especially like the first one.  The green jacket is gorgeous.  And I love the idea of the harem pants with a tweed jacket.  So cool.
    I am constantly in awe of your sewing talents.  Amazing.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Fantastic outfits, both! I have those harem pants and find them SO comfortable, but rarely wear them out in public as I never know what to pair them with in terms of tops or shoes. You have inspired me. They look amazing with your tweed jacket and so artistic. I am so going to copycat.

    For those asking about the long drop crotch, I agree with Sharan on the challenges of crossing ones legs, but I'm trying to train myself out of that (varicose veins) and the pants are a helpful reminder. Also, they are great choices for anyone who loves wearing lightweight long skirts but lives in a windy area.

  • Runs With Scissors replied 4 years ago

    I love both outfits, and how they combine some less typical silhouettes (the harem pants, the shrug cropped pants) in fun ways that work.  I love the second outfit best, and you made *all* of it!  Fantastic!

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    I've come back to smile at you and your outfit again. 

  • unfrumped replied 4 years ago

    Great greens on you!
    The novelty T works realy well with the cropped trousers-- livens them up somehow so I think you are on to something there.

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thanks, Debbie, Style Fan, Angie, and Unfrumped!

    Aliona, you should definitely try wearing yours out of the house! I was inspired by some styling photos on the Eileen Fisher site for wearing the harem pants, as well as by Dashielle and others here on YLF.

    Runs with Scissors, I have a goal of wearing something I've made whenever I am working, since I work at a sewing store. But it's a rare triumph when I've made all pieces. :)

  • lyn67 replied 4 years ago

    Oh another brilliant one for  the tweedy jacket (AND HAREMS-who would have guesse make it work??!!!!), but love the nr 2, also!

  • Jenn replied 4 years ago

    That green tweed is gorgeous. I'm glad you were able to put the fabric to use!

    I really like your taupe booties, as well. The cut of them makes them look almost like t-straps on your feet, but much more interesting and unexpected.

  • rabbit replied 4 years ago

    I really like #1, and that with the styling and cut you took the tweed in an arty/avant garde rather than traditional direction.  Also great to see green!  #2 has good proportions too, and I like your print tees a lot, great details, where do you source fabric for them?

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thanks, Lyn, Jenn, and Rabbit!
    Rabbit, I got the print tee fabric from Emmaonesock.com. The green tweed also came from there. Marcytilton.com is another of my online sources, and I saw she had the same landscape print knit recently.

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Well of course these are amazing, and being able to make your own tweed jacket is a dream come true! Also, I love your hair length, maybe keep some of it in front when you get your trim?

  • Sal replied 4 years ago

    What cool looks.  The green is fab and unexpected, and the second is so classy with gorgeous style and proportions.

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Love your way of interpreting the ensemble Sharan. YLF!

  • Mirjana replied 4 years ago

      These outfits are so fantastic, the green tweed jacket is amazing on you, I love it very much, also I like #2 .

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