Spy vs. Spy
This sharp blazer, shell and skirt ensemble were a steal from Femme de Carrier’s end of season sale!
Although it is well past Labour Day, I will be working this white linen blazer, with structured shoulder pads and matching white linen shell, or paired with the black and white blouse from part I of this series.
Does anyone strictly adhere to the “no white after Labour Day rule?”
Ensemble–Femme de Carrier (70% off end of season sale)
But it’s all in the details
The beauty of any great outfit is in the details.
This suit has some great accent points that are eye catching, however, not distracting. The gold accents at the single button on the blazer, and the exposed industrial zipper on the skirt I pair with a gold watch or earnings.
The collar accent button on the black and white blouse, is accompanied by the Brooks Brothers necklace with clasp atop the button.
Bringing it all Together
The best part of a black and white wardrobe is that you can mix and match for days and never run out of winning combinations.
This series is inspired by my stylish co-worker Rachael who takes her Black, White and Grey wardrobe to the next level.
As you are all well aware by now, I love C-O-L O-U-R, however, black, white and grey ensembles can be timeless, season-less and work appropriate.
I hope you enjoy this series, and don’t fret Colour enthusiasts I’m bringing it back in a few!
Black and white blouse–Femme de Carrier, Fairview Mall (70% off end of season sale!)
For this top in taupe and orange check the link: https://caniwearthattowork.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/neutral-is-summers-new-black/
Black linen skirt– same as above
Black & white jacket–Theory (this jacket is my new fave thing, it is comfortable, breathable and always work appropriate)
Silver necklace–Brooks Brothers (30% off, comes with a matching bracelet, coming soon!)
Although this post is not part of the “Inspired by Mrs. O'” series…She looks fab in this adorable black and white polka dot dress
This lovely deep watermelon double mesh dress
(Yes, I said double mesh…as in two layers of mesh material is all this gorgeous dress is made out of)
was a total steal at Femme d’Carrier with the 50% off everything in the store SALE!
And YES I can wear that to work…it’s light, comfortable and very wearable for the office.
Also available in Black, but they’re moving fast.
Now that Summer is fully upon us I was inspired by Mrs. Obama to embrace my inner peachy-ness! This fun ensemble is usually paired with a khaki blazer and neutral pumps…the white blazer pictured is usually more of a weekend look for me.
It may not be your typical lawyer power suit, however, with the family and even crim clients I find this look makes me more approachable. Doesn’t hurt that the whole look was under $100, with the 40% at Jacob when I bought it (by “it” include the top, belt and skirt; necklace and blazer purchased previously)
Why wear black, navy and dark grey 12 months a year to the office when the varying shades of neutral maintain a professional look while allowing your summer wardrobe to experiment with colour!
However, I would ask that you all weigh in on whether or not KHAKI SUITS are work appropriate? I find them a tad casual any thoughts?!?
Top $67.24 Femme de Carriere (regular price $100.00, right now it’s on sale for 30% off)
Skirt $41.40 Jacob (with 30% off at Oshawa Mall, not yet on sale at other locations, also comes in black…can’t recommend this skirt enough it fits so well and was reasonably priced)
Necklace $14.00 Jacob with 30% off
Sweater $49.00, Tank top $21.30 Jacob with 30% off.
Necklace and skirt same as above
(belt purchased at H&M several seasons ago)
Shopping Tip: if you’ve got the time it’s worth it to shop around
The second outfit shown was originally $300.00 I scored it for $164.00
I originally purchased the second outfit shown from JACOB in Oshawa Mall even though both the skirt and tank top were the wrong size just to take advantage of the 30% discount. The entire outfit was approx $164.00!!!
I then went to the JACOB in Fairview Mall, after calling to confirm that they had my size, and they did the exchange with the discounted price match, even though the items were not on sale there.
JACOB is a chain store that will price match any discount you receive from another JACOB so hang onto your receipt for 2 weeks.
While in Fairview to exchange my items I popped into Femme de Carriere just to take a look and found the lovely stone and orange colour block top, that just happened to be on sale as well. So that whole look just came together and I purchased 5 neutral pieces for my summer work wardrobe for less than the cost of the JACOB outfit at regular price!
Happy shopping ladies
Yes you read correctly a suit with leather accents that was under $200 and totally work appropriate!
This suit is a great sandy light grey, with leather accents on the sleeves, waist of the skirt and a runner down the front and back of the skirt. The leather is baby soft and aerated for a stylish streamlined look.
The jacket also converts into a crop jacket with the leather piece at the bottom removable by zipper.
If you haven’t noticed, I really like leather!
Special thanks to sales associate Mona at the BEDO; in Fairview Mall
This suit at BEDO $164.87, with the current promo of 30% (I also received an additional 15% for a damage discount on the skirt)
Caveat…if you happen to purchase this suit look out for the defect at the bottom of the zipper of the skirt…get a good leather seamstress and it is worth purchasing the suit.
Got the rip fixed for $15.00 at Metro Dry Cleaners at Kennedy and Lawrence in Scarborough
Metro Dry Cleaners 416-751-6677
Totally worth it!