Simple Suiting

Wearing a suit day after day can be quite tiresome so I’m always looking for new ways to wear one that’s a bit more creative but still professional-looking. Having said that, however, a great fitting suit doesn’t require a lot to look stylish. Here, I’m just wearing a suit with a simple pull-over sweater and a collar-less jacket for a more modern, updated twist on the classic suit (slightly blurry photo):

Theory Lanai Blazer / Theory Max C Trousers (in a different fabric here) / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / Club Monaco Sweater (similar in pink)/ Michael Kors Runway Watch (on sale here!)/ Forever21 Rings

This Theory Lanai blazer has become one of my go-to blazers in a work setting when I want to look put together, but don’t need to be super-conservative. It also works beautifully if you need to use it more casually, I just roll up the sleeves! I am wearing the jacket in my typical Theory jacket size in the classic wool blend which Theory no longer makes, but you may be able to find it in different fabrics including a  cotton-blend version. As a forewarning however, the cotton-blend can shrink at the dry cleaners, as I know from personal experience. My much loved white Lanai blazer shrunk after I had it professionally cleaned and I didn’t realize it until about four months later when it was too late to say anything about it. slams head on desk

At Off 5th, you can currently find this blazer at Off Fifth off in several colors! And an extra 40% for their F&F with code: FRIENDS. Such a great deal.

See the Lanai blazer here, as well as a few less expensive alternatives:

Suit styling

It’s been quite a while since I posted an outfit involving a full suit, so I decided that maybe it was time for another as I’m sure a few of my readers work in a professional setting require a full suit every so often (myself included), but the environment isn’t so conservative that we can’t play around with it a little bit.

BTW, pardon my sickly looking myself. I was still not feeling that well when I took these photos.

 Theory Lanai Blazer / Theory Max C Trousers / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch / Aldo Rings / Leather Obi belt (Black)(similar) / Ann Taylor Layered Georgette Tank 

Here, I used my well-loved Theory Lanai blazer and belted it with a leather obi belt. This jacket/belt combination of course works with any bottoms you see fit–skirts, pants, denim, etc. I mean, can you imagine how amazing this would be with leather pants? This may be an upcoming post! A variety of blazer cuts work, however, I think this jacket works particularly well with the cinched belt because of the upside-down v-cut of the blazer. Definitely experiment!

Two of Three

I know some of you have been waiting for sweater reveal #2, so here it is styled with a suit:

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 Talula Babaton by Aritzia  / C by Bloomingdale’s Cable Knit Cashmere Sweater / J.Crew Skinny Leather Belt / Forever21 Ring /   LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amaya Pump / Michael Kors Runway 

This C by Bloomingdale’s Cable Knit Cashmere Sweater is two of three of the season. I initially bought this during the Bloomingdales F&F sale (I later returned and re-purchased for a lower price). I wasn’t going to keep it, but when I pulled it out of the package it was so soft and cozy, I changed my mind. It’s a little bit big in XS, but not in a bad way. I can’t wait to wear it through the end winter.

And because we don’t all have to wear suits to work, here is the outfit without a jacket:


Or you can change out the jacket for something a bit more casual (and bright!):

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