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The Beauty of the Suit Part II: Wearing It
Last week I stressed the importance of owning a suit, showcasing four wearable outfit variations for a range of gal pals. Today, as promised, I present you with photos me (duh) wearing four different looks inspired by those shown last week. Each outfit includes the same suit, a ton of Zara, and hopefully an embodiment of the type of women I described.
I expected this post to be somewhat of a challenge, but the truth of the matter is that I have worn some kind of variation on each of these looks before. And what’s more is that a plaid suit isn’t nearly as versatile as a light blue suit, which let’s be honest, isn’t exactly “traditional,” and yet I was able to put each of these looks together with as much ease as jeans and a white t-shirt. Now, I understand that a plaid suit may not be “work appropriate” for many of you, but hopefully this post will still give you inspiration to wear your 9-5 suits outside of the cubicle.
The Work-Focused Lady
Zara suit | Zara shirt | Chloe bag | Manolo Blahnik heels | H&M necklace | La Mer watch
Last week I said that this work-focused girl “could easily be going to the office or attending happy hour with friends; my guess is she’s the white wine type.” A couple of factoids here: I do like white wine (had some Monday night). I have worn this to both work and happy hour. And I have been known to make that face in both business and boozy scenarios. The key to making this “work appro” is the pointy-toe pumps. Nothing says you’re more focused and business savvy than a pointy closed-toe shoe. Kind of like nothing says party quite like a cheese plate.
The Cool Downtown/Brooklyn Girl
Zara suit | vintage shirt | Converse shoes | Zara bag | Knockaround sunglasses | BaubleBar bracelet
I said that this girl was the type who “works at a creative ad agency, has a lot of guy friends, and has one of those sexy raspy voices because she likes to smoke Parliament Lights in between glasses of Jameson on the rocks.” While I was not drunk or smoking during this post, I can attest that this is the type of outfit I would wear if I was going to hang out, drink a few beers and maybe shovel in a hotdog or two. The mens t-shirt and Converse add that extra level of comfort, while the blazer and pants keep things a bit more polished.
Zara jacket | Topshop dress | Zara boots | Zara shirt | Chloe bag | Knockaround sunglasses
I described this girl as the California transplant who’s “never one to let go of her easy breezy Pacific lifestyle.” Thanks to the excess of wind yesterday, the breezy was really emphasized here (this was about the only shot where my hair wasn’t either in my face or my dress up around my shoulders). But just as I would were I back in my hometown of San Francisco, I warded off the wind chills with tights and an extra layer in the form of a red flannel. (Note: this flannel could also be worn in the above outfit making you that much more of the Hipster Brooklyn girl).
Zara suit | vintage shirt | Zara shirt | Converse shoes | Zara bag | BaubleBar bracelet | La Mer watch | Knockaround sunglasses
And then we have our mix-master, who will essentially wear anything, even if it means multiple forms of plaid in the same outfit. What I found surprising was that the plaid shirt tied around my waist actually made the look feel more put-together than if I wore it as another layer underneath my blazer. Feel free to agree or disagree.
//photos by Emily Malan
The Purpose of Style
With the exception of skyscraper heels, I’d like to think my style is pretty functional. Sure I’ll pile on the accessories or wear an extra layer or two, but it’s important for me not to have an outfit that requires a lot of fidget and fuss. Outfits that have you constantly pulling down a skirt or adjusting a belt are not only frustrating, but make you look uncomfortable. Style is supposed to be fun and experimental, not a nuisance. So for the most part, I nix any outfit additions that get in the way or serve no purpose.
I’ve often admired punks and 90s grunge icons for their ability to look effortlessly cool when really we all know their outfits took some serious time and thought to put together. Sid Vicious and his piling of spiked belts. Kurt Cobain and his multitude of layered cardigans. The kids hanging around Tompkins Square Park or St. Marks Place with their tattered tights and mohawks. Do you know how long it takes to actually get a mohawk to stick straight up? I don’t, but I imagine it takes awhile. And Sid Vicious, I love you, but I’m fairly certain your three spiked belts all fastened to the side were not all there to keep your pants up. Yet, while these pieces serve next-to-no-function (i.e. ripped tights do not keep you warm), they do serve a purpose; the purpose of style.
Taking cues from the Fall 2013 runways, I’ve been testing out different ways to add more layers to a single look before spring and summer roll around and I’m stripped of anything that will cause an excess of sweat. I don’t like things to feel too bulky — having socks bunch up while inside my shoes may be one of my biggest pet peeves — so I started simple with a 90s grunge inspired plaid shirt tied around my waist. Though it serves no functional purpose, it added an extra element of proportion, texture, and style to a look that felt a little too simple without it. I can also report that when double knotted I never had to fidget to keep it in place.
// photos by Emily Malan
Just as I predicted, white jeans have become one of my biggest summer staples and it’s not even July yet! The pairing possibilities are endless, but I’ve been really into the P.Diddy look as of late, aka all white from top to bottom. I can think of a few reasonings for this:
- It’s the most heat friendly combination
- I love monochromatic dressing
- I secretly wish I was P.Diddy (???)
- I’m compensating for the fact that I still don’t own a white suit
- All of the above
// photos by Emily Malan
Scent of Summer
Growing up in California, seasons were never a big thing for me; probably because we didn’t really have them. I’ve been living on the east coast for seven years now, but it’s only in the past few years that I’ve really embraced the whole lifestyle change according to seasons. I now switch out my winter clothes for summer clothes (who wants a down jacket hanging in their closet when it’s 80+ degrees outside?), I start keeping iced coffee in my fridge around May, and most recently I start using different perfumes depending on the time of year.
I prefer something a bit more vanilla based in the fall, patchouli based in the winter, deep and rich floral for spring, and crisp, clean florals for the summer. In other words, Gucci Guilty in the fall, Tom Ford Violet Blonde in the winter, Viktor & Rolf’s Flower Bomb in the spring, and Chloé’s Eau de Parfum in the summer.
It’s strange how just one simple spritz of a fragrance can jumpstart a season for me, but it’s a strange feeling I happily embrace four times a year.
In the fall and winter I’m all about the edge – give me a leather jacket, dark jeans, and boots any day of the week and I’m set – but once summer comes around I trade all that grungy stuff in for sweet and feminine pieces. This season I’ve noticed that I’m really inspired by the 1950s style of Lolita. Cherry prints, lots of gingham, and saddle shoes are what I plan to gather for the fast approaching season along with Lipsmacker lip balm, lots of bubble gum and a good tan.
Here are some pieces on my summer wish list – can you guess which one I’ve already snatched up?
- Miu Miu Gingham Slingbacks – $595
- Selima Sun for J.Crew Sophia Sunglasses - $128
- Topshop Cherry Glitter Sun Dress – $72
- Étoile Isabel Marant Crochet Sweater - $460
- Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Straw Canteen - $158
- BaubleBar Silver Star Studs - $24
- Chloé Eau de Parfum (my summer scent) – $85
- Style by Marina Denim Jacket - $74
- Juicy Couture Cherry Print Bikini Top and Ruffle Bottom - $160/$78
- Style by Marina Crochet Skirt - $59
- Rachel Antonoff x Bass Saddle Shoe – $138