Monday, November 3, 2008


Suits have become a necessary addition to my professional wardrobe. Currently, I have one black suit, one navy skirt suit (which is too small), and one navy pantsuit and one brown pantsuit. I also own several blazers which can be paired with slacks. Over the weekend I bought a deep purple skirt suit which is really cute. But I was struck by the fact that the selection of office attire was limited to either black, brown or navy.

Can I wear a red suit to work?

I think this one is nice. Maybe the bow is too much.

What about this one?

Is it too red? The skirt would have to come down just a hair for me, but otherwise I think it's okay.

I suppose I can always jazz up the classics with accessories:

I love this one except I prefer the option of being able to take my jacket off during the day if I need to. I already have a black suit but the skirt is much longer.

I am a self-proclaimed fashion misfit and I don't care who knows it. I really wish someone would nominate me for What Not to Wear or Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. For the most part, I think I'm well put together but I couldn't tell Pra.da from Pay.less if you held a gun to my head. And I don't think my actual clothing is a problem ... the problem is my inability (or impatience) to accessorize.

What do you think of these?

I enjoy playing dress-up so this should be fun.

And expensive.

Where can I go to find quality clothing for reasonable prices. All of the above selections are from Lo.rd and Tay.lor.


Icey said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

My tried and true Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Ross if you can find a nice one!! Also Dress Barn has really nice clothes.

As far as colored long as it is professional shouldn't be a problem. I have just re-introduced myself to color and I heart it!! Magentas and purples and burnt oranges are wonderful fall suit colors!

Happy shopping!!!

Hawa Bond said...

Studies show that red is a big YES. I had two red suits for work, and I got compliments ANYTIME I wore those dang things.

You can get great deals at Kohl's. I really wanted to dislike that place, but I do well there no matter who I'm shopping for (dad, kids, mom, fiance, or self).

The suit at the bottom of your post (with the short belted jacket) is very nice. I tend to like mine longer... but hey... I'm hiding years of pasta addiction under mine.

I mix more expensive pieces with lesser expensive choices. That's a good way to expand the wardrobe and look like a million bucks on a $10 budget.

(I should say "used to mix" cause girlfriend been broke for over a year now). LOL

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Serenity3-0 said...

Hmmm. I think you can wear red. My favorite of the ones on here is the last one. Some other color choices are grey, which can be accessoried with red, pink or yellow. You can never have too many black suits and accessorize them as well. I buy my suits as separates from JCPenney. They have a worthington line that is always on sale, but it's quality adn a good price. Also, you can do black and white pinstripes if you want another option.

princessdominique said...

I like the black one. The first red one the bow makes me think of a Christmas party, probably the bow makes it look to dressy for the office.

LadyLee said...

BUY them ALL, Chele!