I mourn the fact that suits are no longer the go to wardrobe staple they once were. Oh yes, I love mixing prints, wearing dressed up jean outfits and all that, but the formula of a suit is so endearing! Why? Because it’s classic and easy and always give you a pulled together look. You don’t have to think or ponder or try a dozen things on in the morning. It’s just three easy pieces.
Remember the formula for a suit? Here it is in case you’ve forgotten:
A matching pant and jacket with a blouse in a contrasting color, or
a matching skirt and jacket and a patterned blouse, plus
a necklace or a scarf for flair
Tell me, can anything be simpler than that?
Creating a suit in modern times
So what if I told you you could build an outfit that was simple, classic, comfortable and MODERN while following the suit formula?
In fact, you may already be doing it without realizing it. It wasn’t until I put this whole outfit together that I realized it resembled one of my favorite things: A SUIT!
Check it out:
I’m wearing navy blue pants and a navy blue high/low cardigan. The pieces weren’t purchased together but if you squint, it quite resembles a softer version of a navy blue suit. I’m wearing a solid-colored top in a contrasting color, ivory. I added a necklace (actually two but I’ll get to that), a bracelet, shoes and a handbag and off to work I went!
I didn’t have to think, there was no fuss. I had a long day ahead of me seeing two different clients. I felt as fresh at the end of the day as I did at the beginning.
What I love about this work outfit
The color combo of navy and ivory makes me feel calm and strong and efficient. Maybe that’s why navy suits were worn so much!
The comfort level is off the charts fabulous.
My modern navy suit doesn’t feel heavy at all even though it’s a dark color because of the lightness and brightness that comes from my handbag, necklace, and shoes. It’s perfect for summer.
I adore how I feel plenty businessy but still very soft and feminine.
I got a compliment bump when I was in Nordstrom shopping with one of my two clients and the store manager recognized me. “Weren’t you here for the Eileen Fisher fashion show? I remember you! You always look so great!” she said. Why thank you, Ms. Store Manager!
My necklace secret: When I tried on the pink and green necklace it just didn’t seem like enough. So I added another glitzy necklace that lays on top of the green and pink one. They merge to become one!
I love how this outfit mixes old pieces with new ones, bargain items and not so bargain items. If you’d like the rundown of my outfit pieces, here they are.
Newly purchased relaxed Chico pant with pleats and pockets in navy polyester purchased in Sonoma
Revived navy cardigan, low in the front, high in the back from Jigsaw on Filmore Street in SF a few years back
Ancient double layer ivory t-shirt, stretchy cotton with a second layer of mesh with ruched detail from TJMaxx
Double necklaces, bottom one from Brass Plum department at Nordstrom, top one from TJMaxx (one is from this year the other from last year)
The debut of my Caterina Lucchi woven handbag purchased from Robindra Unsworth in Petaluma
Yummy cuff, a birthday gift from a dear friend
Large ring by Alexis Bittar is mushroom in color with glitz that echoes the necklaces, purchased at a Nordstrom Anniversary sale about three years ago
Stone colored suede wide strap platform sandal by Gabor from Sole Desire in Sonoma
Cat eye glasses are Fiction by L.A. Eyeworks from Uber Optics in Petaluma
Is there a suit waiting for you in your closet?