Breaking up our Suit Pieces
Quote of the day: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer
One of my readers sent me this quote, and I thought it was so perfect. I know it makes me extremely happy to be showcasing clothes and going around town having fun at our photo shoots too. Yet not only that. It really makes me happy to feel like the clothes I’ve purchased get a lot of love and wear. Maybe because then it shows that it was a smart purchase and works for more than one occasion.
Thus we are splitting up the suits that you saw in the last post. I thought I’d pose the challenge of how you’d wear one piece of the showcased suit to a play or musical. We have a diverse performing arts cultural scene here in Denver, and all three of us love attending these events.
And if you notice that Nancy’s identity has changed, ha ha, then that’s because she was enjoying a glorious trip to Ireland while we were taking these photos. So I’d like you to welcome my incredible friend, Stacy. We were each others maid of honors and she was highlighted in the last Forever Fierce campaign.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: One of the reasons I bought a skirt suit instead of a pant suit was because I figured I’d wear the skirt more.
And I will, but for this day, it was coldish and rainy, so I really wanted to wear pants instead. You can tell I’m not lying about the weather by seeing how my hair is curling and frizzing uncontrollably. We’ve talked about wearing pants for dressy occasions before, and it’ll happen again next week too!
I started with the black & white pants since they are interesting and we were planning a trip to a cultural event. I figure fun, print pants are a great addition for the creative ventures. If you don’t have a pair of print pants yet, then I think you should try them. Trust me when I say I wasn’t sure about them at first either, but they are fabulous. There are paisley versions, a diamond pattern or even an abstract print.
The color of this blazer is really what caught my eye when I saw it in the White House Black Market window. I figure that it will go with so much in my wardrobe, yet I don’t have a lot in this color. Hopefully, it’ll be a smart purchase?
I wore my lightweight necklace from Coruu since it’s almost artwork in itself. I do think that a statement necklace can be an easy and unique way to accessorize. Then you don’t have to worry about the top as much, and the best part is it’ll always fit. For under $50, there are so many to choose from like this red tassel one, this pineapple pom one, or a black flower one.
Of course, I had to add in a punch of color with my purse.
I also grabbed my black & white heels to continue the color theme. If heels are not in your future, then there are some fabulous flats that would work. There’s an multi print pair, a gingham pair, or even polka dots.
Pants: Desigual (similar here)~~Blazer: WHBM (similar here)~~Top: (similar here)~~Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Necklace: Coruu c/o (here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Socks: Berkshire Legs c/o (here)~~Purse: (similar here)
Stacy’s (60+) Outfit: Stacy likes to dress up for the theater too and so she pulled out a print dress.
We were talking about how much we enjoy getting dressed up for the fancy occasions since they are few and far between. Although when we go to the plays, I still see many casual outfits too.
Wearing your blazer over a dress seems like such a no brainer. How many times do we reach for a cardigan instead, when our suit blazers would work just as wonderfully?
I love how Stacy accessorized with gold pieces instead of trying to match to the black or darker colors in the dress.
These collar necklaces are always so fashionable, and work for dressy or casual. In fact, my mom has 5 of them at last count. There are many varieties like this one with a thinner chain or this one with a thicker chain.
And finishing off the outfit with a pair of gold shoes and a gold purse really makes it seem so dressy.
As for a metallic purse, I just bought this rose gold one on my latest shopping spree at DSW. I’m hoping it will work for many events since it’s big enough for all of my stuff. Stacy’s purse is exactly the kind that we are used to for a play or symphony, so I found more like them below.
There is a wonderful story about this dress. It actually used to be mine! I had Stacy come over a couple of years ago when I was going through my closet. And this is one of the pieces she took. It’s a sleeveless dress, so wearing the blazer over it is a great way to keep warm.
I think there would be other jacket options to wear with a dress like this too. Since Stacy accessorized with gold, how about a gold moto jacket? Or if you wanted a different neutral, you could even wear a grey sweater jacket.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: My mom kept on her suit pants for this trip to Buell Theatre.
Our suit trousers are a great option for dress up if you’re not wanting to wear skirts or dresses. Most of us gravitate toward black pants for these such occasions, but there are other varieties too. Right now the flare at the bottom hem is a modern design. If that’s not to your liking, then you might like the flowy, culottes better.
Since my mom’s pants are a dark teal blue, she kept with blue in her accessories too. Along with that, she even DIYed her own tassel earrings. She found these light blue tassels at JoAnne fabrics and added them to this existing pair of light blue earrings since they matched so perfectly. We did find that they tended to move in front of the round blue piece, so she might try to superglue them in the back.
Tassel earrings are everywhere right now. Heck, if my mother can wear them, then any woman can too. This is such an inexpensive way to add a touch of modern style to every outfit. Every color or length is available with a fan shape, a pineapple variety, or many colors in one pair.
My mom is still able and loves to wear her heels.
Yet I realize that doesn’t apply to all women. Even with this outfit, I think you could have other options for your footwear. Black flats are always a go to for most of us. If you like the dark teal color, then those are available too. However, brown or grey are also great neutrals that really go with any outfit.
My mom used her ruffle white blouse to add some feminine touches to the outfit. If you haven’t been shopping lately, then let me tell you that ruffles are also having their day right now.
If you didn’t save your ruffle blouses from years ago, don’t worry. There are many on sale right now that you’ll enjoy. You can have the ruffle down the middle of the shirt, at the bottom hem, or on the sleeve.
Pants: Greta Garbo (similar here)~~Cardigan: Woodward (similar here)~~Top: Anna and Frank (similar here)~~Shoes: Ellen Tracy (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)
Thanks so much to Stacy for playing dress up with us in these two posts!!
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