Well, there's much more to read if you are so inclined. I wonder if Ann Taylor's Loft ever considered the history of this particular pattern of plaid? It sort of reminds me of the scene from The Devil Wears Prada where Meryl Streep's Anna Wintour inspired character launches into a diatribe on the origins of one particular shade of blue.
For sizing I took my normal size two in the Marisa Ankle pants. I found that the fit was perfect and these will definitely get quite some use this Fall/Winter, although probably not for any military invasions!
Pants: LOFT Marisa Plaid here
Shirt/Blouse: J. Crew Factory (on clearance in store)
Bracelets: Groopdealz and Forever 21