Have you ever instantly fallen in love with a piece of clothing only to find it’s beyond your budget? It happens to me quite a lot. If it’s too pricey to even contemplate buying it sort of makes it easier, but when it’s just out of reach it makes it all the more tantalising. That was the case when I first saw this Scotch & Soda snow leopard trouser suit. I cooed over the jacket when I went to the-Bias-Cut.com pop up shop in London a couple of months ago. At over £200 I just couldn’t stretch to it, especially as I had to have the Pom bugs jacket too!
But then I had a sales alert email from Scotch & Soda, and to my delight this snow leopard trouser suit was heavily discounted. So of course I had to order it 😉 Thankfully I had some Christmas money from my family which covered most of the cost. I ordered both the jacket and trousers in a size medium – the jacket fit fine, but the trousers were huge around the waist. I was quite annoyed because I’d been looking forward to wearing them so much. The size guide states that a medium has a 29in waist, but there was room in them for a six month pregnancy bump! (I wish I’d taken a photo to show you.)
So I had to return them (which cost £7.50 *sigh*) and order the small. And even those are a bit too big on the waist (as you can see in the photo above). But the XS are now sold out and they’d probably be too tight on the thighs anyway. I just don’t understand the proportions Scotch & Soda work to. I may get them altered (if that’s possible) because I really don’t want to return them. It’s a pity they don’t have an adjustable waistband like kids’ trousers!
Anyway, sizing issues aside, I do love this snow leopard trouser suit. The quality is great, just as I expected. Having modelled several items from Scotch & Soda for Jacynth in September I was confident this suit would be a great investment piece. What I love about suits and co-ords is the ability to create multiple outfits with them. Just as I broke up the mustard skirt co-ord by wearing the top with red jeans and a check jacket, I’ll wear this suit as separates too.
Teaming a statement jacket with jeans and trainers instantly adds polish. Swap the trainers for heels and you’ve got a chic outfit for an evening out. Wearing the jacket and trousers together does make quite a bold statement…I’m not sure my husband is that keen going by the “fancy dress” remark he made. But I think you just have to wear what you want and feel good in. That said, there’ll be occasions when I wear the trousers with a jumper or plain t-shirt for a more subtle look. I may even add a camel or burnt orange blazer to pick out the colours in the print.
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Since I bought this suit, the jacket has gone on sale at the-Bias-Cut.com – it’s now reduced to £145. But if you want it you’ll have to be quick as there’s only one left in each size (apart from medium, which is sold out). I’ve added a link to Bloomingdales in the widget for anyone in the U.S who wants the medium. The trousers are available from the Scotch & Soda website in a XL only, but for some reason ShopStyle isn’t showing the sale price, so although it says they’re £124.95, when you click through they’re actually only £62.
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