Hot Pink Wide Leg Pantsuit with Red for Career Day

hot pink wide leg pantsuit from Banana Republic with an orange red merino wool crewneck sweater and leopard faux fur coat as seen on over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen
Friday was Career Day at my daughter's school. I knew about it but didn't think of participating. Career Day is for scientists and fire fighters and nurses and pilots, not for bloggers. But then a parent at a nearby middle school reached out asking if I'd come to their school to discuss the real work required to be an online influencer to their students. I wasn't available that day, but I asked my daughter if she wanted me to speak at her school. She was thrilled, and I was glad to find it wasn't too late to participate. I must say I was more scared to speak in front of a class of 5th graders than when I have spoken to MBA students!

hot pink wide leg pantsuit from Banana Republic with an orange red merino wool crewneck sweater and leopard faux fur coat as seen on over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen

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hot pink wide leg pantsuit from Banana Republic with an orange red merino wool crewneck sweater and leopard faux fur coat as seen on over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen

Blazer: Banana Republic (14, sleeves shortened by tailor) | Sweater: Banana Republic (L) | Pants: Banana Republic (14, shortened by tailor) | Shoes: Clarks | Earrings: Etsy | Ring: Sceptre Linea Pave Medium Ring c/o REALM | Coat: Heurueh via Rent the Runway Unlimited (XL; similar)

hot pink wide leg pantsuit from Banana Republic with an orange red merino wool crewneck sweater and leopard faux fur coat as seen on over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen

Since I was speaking to kids, I wanted to wear an outfit that looked serious and professional, yet also fun.  I recently bought this hot pink wide-leg pantsuit from Banana Republic and felt it would be a perfect choice.  I took it to the tailor the week before and had it ready just in time.  I bought the sweater because I loved the color and like lightweight merino sweaters to wear alone or under layers but honestly, I felt these would look amazing together.  I was right.

hot pink wide leg pantsuit from Banana Republic with an orange red merino wool crewneck sweater and leopard faux fur coat as seen on over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen

The kids asked the most amazing questions.  It's funny, there is so much Parent Guilt about things like screen time.  We often feel our kids are watching screens more than other kids.  When I started my presentation, I asked them if they knew what an influencer or a blogger was.  More than half the class raised their hands.  When I asked if they follow a certain person on YouTube or TikTok, all but one kid raised their hands.  I asked if they watch unboxings, they said no those are for babies.  When I asked if they watch people who do videos about video games?  90% of the kids raised their hands.  They don't even play those video games but they know the influencers who focus on the games.  Whether or not you realize it, your kids are watching screens a lot, and are being influenced by people on them.  They know Miranda Sings and Logan Paul and Shane Dawson and Kylie Jenner.  They asked if Kim Kardashian follows me and suggested I follow Cardi B. They watch videos together at sleepovers, on the school bus, at Boy Scouts. You can't compare how they use screens to how we played Atari; it's better to compare it to how we mindlessly watched reruns of Gilligan's Island and Happy Days.  

hot pink wide leg pantsuit from Banana Republic with an orange red merino wool crewneck sweater and leopard faux fur coat as seen on over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen

We discussed how influencers make money, that they may not say they love a product because it's great but because they're being paid.  We discussed how you should only play with people you know IRL on video games and how strangers online can pretend they're a 10-year-old girl in Maryland but could be a 40-year-old man in California. These kids know their way around the Internet better than most of you reading this.  I was right in being scared to talk to them, they asked some seriously tough questions.  How much do I make?  No comment.  Was my ring real diamonds? No, but it's high-end fashion jewelry (18K gold over sterling silver with CZ Blanc stones). Did I pay for my outfit? Yes.  How many followers do I have?  Not enough to impress most brands but clearly enough to impress 5th graders. But the best question?  Do I have haters and how do I handle them?

hot pink wide leg pantsuit from Banana Republic with an orange red merino wool crewneck sweater and leopard faux fur coat as seen on over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen

Yes, even 10-year-olds know about haters, trolls, and critics.  We discussed how no matter what you do, you can't get everyone to like you.  What you need to focus on is those who like you, and like you for you.  How I have had haters, and they used to really upset me and question who I am but I learned that most haters are people who are sad or angry or lonely or frustrated and taking out their feelings on a stranger. That there is no point in trying to get them to like you or to fight back, to focus your energy on the people in this world who are your friends, they're who deserve that attention. I am so glad I participated in Career Day.  It was intense and hysterical and extremely informative.

hot pink wide leg pantsuit from Banana Republic with an orange red merino wool crewneck sweater and leopard faux fur coat as seen on over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen

Anyway, on to the outfit!  I already own a pink suit from Banana Republic, and it has been such a well-worn and versatile piece in my wardrobe. You could say I don't need another pink suit… but I couldn't resist this amazing almost neon color of this hot pink wide leg pantsuit.  And the silhouette and fabric are completely different.  The jacket comes in four colors, the pants in five. They both come in petite, but even when I ordered this suit at the end of October 14 petite was sold out.  Since it's not a super tailored style, the regular worked after taking them to the tailor to shorten the legs and sleeves.  Since the pants aren't lined and the jacket doesn't have sleeve buttons, it wasn't too pricey. I love that this suit is machine washable, and a fabric that can virtually be worn year-round.  The pieces are also the kind that will be worn individually; I personally love the cut of these pants and have several ideas on how to style them this season!

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I received this coat in my latest Rent the Runway Unlimited delivery.  This is the kind of coat I would never purchase. First of all, the retail price is $750 and if I suddenly won $750 in the lottery I wouldn't spend it on a full-length faux fur coat.  Secondly, there are few situations in life where a faux fur full-length leopard print coat with giant flowers all over it is appropriate.  Granted, this is the kind of coat I'd totally rock to the grocery store, but then we need to go back to the point that this coat is $750. But this is the kind of ridiculously fabulous piece I love renting.  I can wear it until I am over giant flowers and leopard print, send it back, and get some other ridiculous yet fabulous coat or bag or jewelry or clothing.  As always, you can use promo code RTRDC22F051 at checkout to get $100 off your first 60 days of a membership with Rent the Runway

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This season, pink with red, orange, coral, and other shades of pink is a hot look.  I have always loved red with pink, but think it does best when there is a bit more contrast.  The color of this sweater is “Hot Red” and it has a lot of orange in it, like a vermillion which makes a beautiful contrast.  If Hot Red isn't your thing, it comes in nine other colors in regular and petite up to XXL. This sweater is lightweight enough that it can be tucked in without bulk, but also looks nice untucked with skinny jeans.  It too is machine washable!

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42 Comments

  1. November 18, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    Gorgeous combination – I think the best part is that your daughter wanted you to participate 🙂

  2. November 12, 2019 / 2:37 pm

    Pink and red such a classic combo!

  3. Gwendolyn Green
    November 12, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Alison, you look mahvelous (Billy Crystal on Saturday Night Live). In all seriousness, in reading what you did with the fifth graders, I was really impressed with your realism and fun spirit. It’s nice you took the time to talk with the kids and gave the message on dealing with haters. What you do is a valuable service, it’s important. And yes, that outfit is amazing and very pleasing to the eye. You are a beautiful and intelligent woman. I’m sincerely glad I read your blog.

  4. Abigail
    November 12, 2019 / 11:21 am

    The hair. Your curls look amazing in these photos.

    Have you switched products? I need to know what you’re using.

    • November 12, 2019 / 11:40 am

      I am using Ouidad, if all goes well my curly hair post will go live Thursday. But their humidity shampoo, gel, and reviving spray and their conditioner in a mousse-like can.

  5. Michelle
    November 11, 2019 / 10:25 pm

    Ahhhhhh! That coat! It reminds me of a dress I had in the 80s. Navy blue/ tannish gold paisley with big red cabbage roses. Loved it.

  6. November 11, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    You look amazing in this color combo! Love that coat, too!

  7. SusieG
    November 11, 2019 / 4:35 pm

    I had a fantastic experience with Kelsey at Trunk Club … thanks to your recommendation. At the physical location, she had me try on a pink suit that I LOVED so hard. But it was $1k. Yikes. This here suit might just be the answer. Ordered. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

    • November 12, 2019 / 10:47 am

      I’m so glad you had a good experience with Kelsey! And I hope this suit is a good alternative for you!

  8. Pal K
    November 11, 2019 / 3:59 pm

    The fit is beautiful. I noticed it is lined.
    I like this one on you so much more than the other pink suit (and the Banana Republic has some really accessible styling suggestions for the blazer)

    • November 12, 2019 / 10:47 am

      Yes, the jacket is lined but the pants are not (though the white version of the pants are lined). I do think this blazer is super versatile!

  9. B.A.
    November 11, 2019 / 3:44 pm

    I think we could all use a lesson on how to ignore the “haters,” but kids at that age especially so. How great that you got to discuss that with them. Sounds like it was an amazing day. And of course, an amazing outfit as well!

  10. M Moran
    November 11, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    You are rockin’ as usual but I have to add if I were you and won $750 I’d make me buy that coat!

    • M Moran
      November 12, 2019 / 10:56 am

      Nah uh – see photo 7. You look like a superstar girl, and it suits you.

      • November 12, 2019 / 11:02 am

        I’m totally wearing it to the grocery store this weekend. It deserves to be EVERYWHERE

  11. Suzanne
    November 11, 2019 / 12:06 pm

    Once again, you look fabulous. I also love the faux fur coat on you, but I understand why you wouldn’t spend that kind of money on a fun coat. Pink pantsuits are YOU!
    Lucky 5th grade class, to be able to hear your story.

  12. November 11, 2019 / 9:46 am

    LOVE that outfit, and really sorry my kid missed your talk – she was off following the zoologist! (I got the same question about how much I make. I told the kid it was not a polite thing to ask!)

    • November 11, 2019 / 11:40 am

      Em told me you shut down that question and I LOVE it!

  13. Krista
    November 11, 2019 / 9:45 am

    I think you rocked Career Day! This outfit is fabulous. And that coat! I have a free subscription to RTR and I think I might just have to activate it so I have some fabulous things for the cold weather that I’ll soon be visiting. Then I can send it back and continue on in my Florida winter wear (jeans and a t-shirt).

    • November 11, 2019 / 11:40 am

      That’s a perfect way to use it!

  14. Linda B
    November 11, 2019 / 8:58 am

    I love that outfit on you, though I wouldn’t wear such bright colors myself (and now am totally trying to figure out how to dress as a retired person–so much harder than I expected!)

    Very fascinating to hear about your experience with the 5th graders. Some of it doesn’t surprise me–as a former teacher, I know how “awake” and bright 5th graders are, and yet so sweet. It’s a golden year, before the chaos of Grade 6 which I think is the hardest year of growing up, in many ways. (Direct message me, Alison, if you want to hear more from me on that, to be ready for what is coming.) I am so glad for those students that you went to speak to them–I bet it made a huge impression, and that you helped them immensely with your presence and the conversation.

  15. Linda Dodson
    November 11, 2019 / 8:55 am

    What Pat said. Confidence all the way. And you look amazeballs in that coat. Dayum.

  16. November 11, 2019 / 8:43 am

    Alison you look nothing short of INCREDIBLE!! Red and pink is an absolute winner in my eyes (especially when one of those colours is a trouser suit), but then you added that dream coat… ermahgerd I’m in colour heaven. Kudos for renting the coat, I need to think about doing that more often (but then I have too many winter coats already, lol)!

    Catherine x

  17. Pat
    November 11, 2019 / 8:17 am

    THIS post and THIS outfit are the reason I follow you. First of all, you look so BOSS in this suit and this color combination! I am a lawyer and I don’t have much opportunity in my life to wear a suit like this, but d*mn I love it on you! I am a long-time reader and though you and I are very different in terms of height, complexion and (in some ways) style I always appreciate your looks, your CONFIDENCE, and your point of view. Secondly, you provided such a valuable service by talking to these kids about the hard work of blogging/influencing – because I’m pretty sure some of them thought all they had to do was be pretty and post to Instagram. Thanks for all you do!

  18. Gillian Whitcombe
    November 11, 2019 / 7:55 am

    Awww, so awesome! I’m a teacher and lots of kids tell me they want to be youtubers and influencers when they grow up – how awesome that those kids got to see behind the smoke and mirrors with you!

    • November 11, 2019 / 11:41 am

      I was really glad I did it! Thank you Gillian!

  19. karen
    November 11, 2019 / 6:26 am

    if i was in the 5th grade and you came to speak to my class in that outfit, i’d immediatly know what i was going to be when i grew up!

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