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« on: May 07, 2007 11:20:59 AM »

Hi, again,

I'm a law student working at a big law firm this summer and I need to wear suits every day.  I bought this lovely blazer for $1 at a thrift store.  It looks frumpy in the photo, but trust me, it's very modern-looking and quite flattering.  The jacket is somewhat long, and has slits up the side for movement.  There was no skirt for sale, and a quick search on EBay for the style number revealed nothing.

So, what are my options to make a complete-looking business suit? 

I was thinking I could somehow cut a little strip or shape from inside the lapel and make it into an "accent" on a black pencil skirt.  Or, I was also considering buying ribbon that closely matches the khaki color in the jacket.  I don't want to have a printed skirt because I think that might look tacky. 

Ideas would be appreciated!! Thanks, Craftster!!!

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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2007 11:38:52 AM »

Purchase a nice below the knee length tank dress in a complimentary color, (if the jacket is tan then perhaps a navy dress would be a good color match) and cuff the jacket sleves. Also find a nice pair of slingbackheels, open toes can be a big no no.

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2007 01:12:34 PM »

That's a great jacket.

I like the navy tank dress idea.

YES to the black pencil skirt... but I'd leave it untrimmed. More versitile, and more serious-looking.

You could also make this "suit-y" with a contrast khaki skirt. NOT khaki pants, though... they read business-casual.

Maybe tailored trousers in a tiny glen plaid.

Next on your thrift-shop hunt: PEARLS. Instant seriousness. 

If you're up for it, a scarf with khaki and black/navy (whichever you pick as a bottom neutral) could tie the outfit together.

Sling-backs are OK, but all the lady lawyers I know (that's I a lot -- I live in DC!) wear pumps. Unless they've made partner already.

Shoes are 1 place you need to sink some money into. Better to buy one pair in good plain leather than 3 Payless pairs.

Mazetov on the summer placement!

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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2007 01:18:43 PM »

PS: This is a good time to dress like a Frenchwoman.

Fewer pieces. Better quality. Stuff that fits. Variety from accessories.

The jacket is a great start.

BTW, the French shop resale/thrift stores all the time. The French term is "rentrevent" -- which just means "resale" -- but that's my favorite couturier, too.

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