February 7, 2014
Many people ask me about what to do with their interview suit after they’ve interviewed… so I’m going to show a week of work attire that uses your suit as separates. Just as the daily crossword puzzles become more difficult during the week, these outfits become progressive more casual…
(1) I’m working with a palette of navy, grey, beige, pink and white.
(2) I’m going to show the same shoes repeatedly, just to emphasize the utility of a few pair of good shoes, rather than my usual unique shoes for each outfit.
Monday is our dressiest option – use your suit jacket over a contrasting dress, or use your skirt as a base for a tweed jacket and silk blouse.
Tuesday moves the blazer into a pairing with camel wool pants and a simple silk blouse. The skirt is paired with a matching cardigan and a beautiful scarf for a slightly more relaxed, but still work-appropriate look.
Wednesday – grey pants are obvious with a navy blazer, and get perked up a bit with a silk blouse. The shoes are a bit of an adventure, but might be a nice statement for the bolder among us. A patterned cardigan is another option with your navy skirt, and a beautiful scarf is your perfect accessory.
Tweed pants are great with a blazer and a simple sweater. The skirt is still work-worthy with a turtleneck sweater that’s predominantly navy, but with a bit of texture for interest.
Friday – khakis and a striped tee shirt can still go to many offices if topped with a blazer. And your skirt is a great base for a printed silk blouse and a cheery pink cardigan.
Okay, I know that you probably DON’T want to wear your suit on Saturday, but a navy blazer is a great option with jeans and a simple oxford shirt… The last outfit – I know it’s quite “out there” – but I like to push the occasional envelope…
Here’s your complete work outfit, with a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt thrown in for versatility:
And here are additional outfits that you’ll find in this closet, that DON’T use the pieces of your suit!