Does anyone else remember the first professional suit you purchased? Allow me to wax poetic for a second…
My second job out of college was as a junior interior designer at a commercial design firm in D.C. On my lunch break, I would sometimes head over to a chic and sophisticated boutique on Connecticut Avenue, Betsy Fisher, to take in all the beautiful clothing. I purchased my first two-piece suit there. It was a major expenditure for me, which also required alterations to the pants. I wholeheartedly committed to the process and remember feeling like a million bucks each and every time I wore it. That was the beginning of investment shopping for me, too. Even in my twenties, I understood the value of purchasing a suit that was of a higher quality and was able to wear it for many years. In fact, the jacket stayed with me until roughly three years ago! It’s safe to say, I retained my cost per wear. 🙂
This season suits are having a major moment. If your last purchase of a suit was in the late 80s, it might be time to take a look at the new versions of this classic ensemble. I’ve edited out many a dated suit set from the dark closet confines of the DMV. Holding onto an old suit to “cover” that area in your wardrobe does not necessarily translate to something that is useful. The updated suit has a little more swag and personality than the suits the past.
TSALT has a beautiful suit from Isabel de Pedro. It is a one-button, longer cut with exquisite detail in the back. The pants are a flat front and creased to offer that freshly pressed look even after a flight or extended period of sitting.
Below I have styled Amy in five versions of the Isabel de Pedro suit. Taking a page from menswear, suits are not specifically recognizable and allow for multiple wears even within the same week. The jacket alone will offer you many opportunities when paired with everything from dresses, skirts, and denim. Suits are designed to anchor wardrobes with the variety of ways to break the pieces apart. Take a look at your own wardrobe and start thinking how many of your pieces might be enhanced with a proper suit.