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Work & What She Wore

Career fashion from an aspiring power woman.

Navy Blue Suit & Another Striped Top

Navy Blue Suit & Another Striped Top

Navy Blue Suit & Another Striped Top | Work & What She Wore
Navy Blue Suit & Another Striped Top | Work & What She Wore
Navy Blue Suit & Another Striped Top | Work & What She Wore
Navy Blue Suit & Another Striped Top | Work & What She Wore

I'm really excited to bring you all this blog post today, I love this outfit. I've been looking forward to sharing it for since we did this shoot! This is a little bit nautical take on the classic blue suit - this is perfect for work, even in very conservative offices, without feeling stuffy or old. God knows I don't want that ;)

First off, every one should have a black suit and a blue suit. I rarely actually wear the whole suit together, but just having a navy and black blazer and matching pants (bonus points if you have the matching skirt too - I still need to find the right navy skirt) because these are the best building blocks for your work wardrobe, especially right out of college. I had to buy a new black suit for interviews during my senior year of college - which is definitely still going strong. I purchased my navy suit shortly after I started working, and I actually just recently replaced both pairs of pants because I wore them so much they were starting to fade! As I've said a million times, I love Ann Taylor's suits - their pants and skirts fit me perfect, and they don't change their fabrics/dyes season to season. So that means that the pants I bought this year still match the jacket I bought 2 years ago. Nice suit blazers are way to expensive to replace every season!

So to take this navy suit from boring to nautical, I am wearing this super comfy red striped tee. I got this on super sale at Banana Republic a few weeks ago, and I've worn it to work and casually. It comes in a couple colors and is SO soft, and it washes well. And then, I added my brown leather oxfords. These things are so freaking comfortable, I wear them all winter long, especially on travel days - who wants to deal with heals in an airport. They are Lucky Brand from last year, but I found a couple others that are very similar. These have held up really well through a rough winter, and I'm hoping they make it through another one this year! To top this off, I added simple silver accessories - a simple watch and a few bracelets, and pearl earrings (always). This suit is simple and easy, and doesn't really feel like you're wearing a suit. You could easily trade out the pants for a skirt and add heels to make this truly "business formal", or wear it as is to an interview or just another day at the office. I'm all about these versatile pieces that can build many outfits for work and play. 

Side note: I'm trying this fun new "Shop This Look" tool below, let me know what you think! 

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