Suits tend to conjur images of serious people working in offices dressed in dark colors with collared shirts. This does not have to be the case. With just a few tweaks, one can inject new life into a traditional suit. No more button-downs or subdued styles for this working gal! Let's talk about my makeshift suit. And by makeshift, I mean that the jacket and pants were not purchased as a pair. To me, jacket+pants = suit, even if purchased separately. I'm in love with this jacket. The non-existent lapel and tuxedo finishing gives an everyday black blazer a dressed up and polished look. The unconventional material used to fabricate the blazer gives way to a perfect fit. Since the two major pieces that make up this outfit are black, I added a peplum top that infused the perfect dose of color and print. The flirty top worked well against this menswear inspired outfit. The final lady-like treatment? A pair of black pumps, of course!
Scuba Twill Jacket: Loft, $59 (reg. $128). I thought I got a good deal, but right now, the blazer is on sale for $84.99 with an additional 50% off!
Pelum Top: Red Saks 5th Avenue from Saks Off 5th, $0.00 (reg. price $69.99). I hit an amazing sale at Saks Off the 5th where all sale items were buy one get two free! I purchased a pair of jeans for $72 and got this fab top and a second one for free! Check these gorgeous printed peplums, all from Saks Off 5th: (1) PJK Patterson J. Kincaid Geo Alo Printed Peplum Top, $53.60 and (2) Rebecca Taylor Leopard-Print Blouse, $59.60.
Ankle Length Pants: The Limited (Exact Stretch Skinny Pants), $69.90. They are currently on sale for $41.94! I LOVE these pants so much so that I went back and bought another pair in a different color. Perfect for work.
Pumps: Arturo Chiang (Avia) from Lord& Taylor, $63.20. Full priced, this shoe retails at $79 but I was able to use a 20% coupon. You are in luck! Use code SAVE and get the same discount thru 1/22. Use your L&T card to save an additional 10%.
Watch with Quilted Leather Band: Kate Spade (Cooper Grand Strap), $146 (reg. price $195). I attended a Sip, Shop & Save event at the Kate Spade store on Newbury Street during the holidays and saved 25% off while snacking on some delicious desserts. Attending in-store events like these are a great way to get those extra savings!