What I Wore: Suit Up

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Jacket: LOFT (similar) | Top: ELOQUII via Gwynnie Bee | Belt: Lauren Ralph Lauren (similar) | Pants: LOFT (similar) | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: HOBO (similar) | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Lipstick: Revlon in ‘In the Red'

With the change in my company and role over the years, I have fewer and fewer needs for a proper suit. However I can't stress the importance of still having one for those unexpected moments – an interview, client meeting, conference, business workshop… the pieces can be used separately increasing the price per wear. I purchased this jacket over a year ago from LOFT (last seen on the blog here) and figured it would match black pants from LOFT that I already owned.  Notsomuch, the jacket was a refined twill with a sateen “tux” detail while the rest of my LOFT suiting was more like gabardine.  Then I found these pants on clearance at LOFT this past fall; I think they were meant to be with this jacket!  With the same tux-details and trim as the jacket and the same fabric I have made a match; though it took over a year it also cost less than $100!

I haven't shared Gwynnie Bee on the blog lately, but that doesn't mean I am not still a subscriber AND fan!  With the colder weather, I've been choosing more casual pieces from Gwynnie Bee; ways to maintain style even when bundled up.  But I saw this ELOQUII top in their collection and had to try it.  As a cusp-sized woman I find ELOQUII to be a hair too big; I sometimes have success with tops and dresses but sometimes find them a hair big for my 5'3″ self.  This top was a bit loose, but adding a belt cinched it and gave it a subtle peplum look that worked with the ruffles at the shoulders and hem.  The top is from a scuba fabric that is uber comfy and doesn't cling.  I'm a huge fan of ELOQUII and am glad that Gwynnie Bee features them and other hot cusp and plus sized brands!  Gwynnie Bee is offering a 30-day free trial of their program; if you're size 10 or up it's worth a try.  I love that for the price of one item I can get three pieces each month in current trends and try out brands I may not otherwise be able to afford.  Click this link to learn more!

I wore this look last Thursday; my dear friend Rosana of DC Style Factory had an event, Skirting the Issue, at Betsy Fisher, where she educated the audience on what skirt was best for each figure and lifestyle need and then had custom fitting by Betsy Garcete at Zophia and personal styling by Rosana and her team.  It was a really fun evening; if you're in the DC area I can't recommend DC Style Factory enough for personal styling, closet cleanouts, shopping support and helping you find your personal style.  I've recommended DC Style Factory to many Wardrobe Oxygen readers and they have all reported back with rave reviews.  Be sure to follow DC Style Factory on Facebook to learn when they have their next training seminar; I know I'll be at that one too!

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  1. Emily
    April 4, 2015 / 4:17 am

    Aha this is a super fun look! We don’t see you dressed uber smartly that often but it’s nice to see how you still get your personality to shine through 🙂 If I had a baby critique I’d say that the red lip feels too strong and I’d rather see it with a pink lip to pull out the pink from the top? But I love what you’ve done with the peplum, I’m definitely going to try that.

  2. Aimee
    March 19, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Love, love, love!

  3. March 18, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    So true – I am so wishing that I had a suit ready for a meeting on Friday. I’ve got an alternative, but it doesn’t feel like “me”, you know? Grrr.

  4. Happinessatmidlife
    March 17, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    This is a great suit look, I love the pink leopard which adds a fun factor. It drives me nuts when does not match if they are the same color. I do need to wear suits to work some days and will stick with a matching suit most times. Other wise, I will mix my skirt/pants with a different color blazer so I don’t have to worry about it matching.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  5. Karen
    March 17, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Love the look!

  6. March 17, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    I haven’t needed a proper suit in a long time! This reminds me that I should invest in some pieces that can be pulled together in times of need. There’s nothing worse than shopping for last minute pieces because you actually need to! haha


  7. Ginger
    March 17, 2015 / 11:55 am

    You might as well update your resume as well as your interview outfit!
    Things can change fast these days and it’s important to be ready to go if opportunity calls.

  8. March 17, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Love this office look – so polished. xo

  9. The Adored Life
    March 17, 2015 / 6:49 am

    Loft pants finalllyyyyy work with my large butt and I am a really big fan of them now! I need to look for a pantsuit from them!

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