Husband: ...wait, how do you not own a suit?
Me: I've owned suits over the past five years, but I just donated a big pile of clothing, including my two suits. Besides I don't wear suits to work, like ever.
That weekend off I trotted to the mall to go suit shopping. I have a huge issue buying pants because I need a ridiculously long inseam (35 inches if I'm going to even dream of wearing heels) so I knew I'd need to custom order from most stores.
I knew immediately that I wanted to hit up the Limited. A very good friend wears suits every day and is always remarking about what nice quality they are for a relatively decent price.
While at the mall I ended up wandering into Talbots first. Now I understand that Talbots is trying to change its image a bit and cater to younger professionals, but I don't think anyone told their suit designer: high stanced jackets, high-waisted pants, and beyond knee length pencil skirts. Yikes! Sure these suits are made out of genuine wool (as opposed to the Limited's polyester blends), but the price is also twice as much.
For someone who's hoping to be wearing maternity suits by the end of her four month stint in this job, spending $500 on a Talbots suit just seemed ridiculous. So I continued on to the Limited where I found a completely adorable suit for a completely reasonable price ($200 for a jacket, skirt, pants and the ridiculous $20 shipping charge because I had to special order the longer length pants).
Today I had my first opportunity to "suit up".
Plainweave Topstitch Jacket, The Limited (available here)
Lexie Plainweave Flare Pant, The Limited (on sale here)
Printed Satin-front Tank, The Limited (available here)
Sofft Fiorela Pumps, Nordstrom
Rings and Things Necklace, Anthropologie
So what did I do for my monumental first suit-wearing day in five years?
I woke up, got dressed, and drove two hours to a courthouse. After parking my car, I walked two blocks to the courthouse, picked up a stack of documents that had been photocopied for me, and drove home.
Seriously, that's it.
More than anything I was playing the part today. You see, I was picking up documents as the "appellate attorney". There was an off-chance that I might have seen the trial attorneys and a definite chance that I'd be meeting the clerk-magistrate. I wanted to look like an important real appellate attorney who knows what she's doing as opposed to a silly trial attorney who requested a transfer because she was crying too often at work.
I got home, exhausted and immediately took off my suit. Sadly it was much later that I noticed that the sun was totally sabotaging my outfit photos this morning! What the heck, sun? I wear a suit for like the first time ever and you decide to come out for the first time in six months to lodge a formal protest?
Not cool, sun. Not cool.