Business Formal | Black Suit & Cheetah
I haven't done a business formal post in a while, so I thought I'd bring it back to the basics. Every aspiring power woman needs a good black suit. Or a grey suit. Or a navy suit. But yes, a dark suit. You wear this for interviews, big presentations, client meetings, you know, the important stuff. That's why it's super critical to find a suit that makes you feel fabulous. That's a pretty big order for dress pants (or skirt!) and a blazer, but when you find the right one, fabulous is exactly how you feel.
On top of that, having a suit (or two) provides a great base for your work wardrobe. I have two suits, black and navy, both with dress pants. (I've yet to figure out how to wear a pencil skirt. They always look terrible on me - maybe it's my body type? Is that a thing? The hunt continues...). Although I rarely have the need to wear a full suit, I wear the individual pieces all the time. I wear the pants probably once or twice a week each, and the blazers rotate in and out with my other jackets. So yeah, a lot. These are the base of any work wardrobe - SO, in my opinion, these are things to splurge a little on. I'm not saying you need to spend $400 on a suit. But, if you find quality pieces that you feel great in, it's totally worth it.
Anyways, once you've got your basic suit down, you can have fun with accessories and tops. This top I found on clearance at Ann Taylor a few months ago, and it's really versatile! With a jacket or sweater on, it's just a basic green shirt. Tuck it in, wear it out, knot it; basic. Then, when you take the jacket off, there are the cute sleeve details! It's a really soft cotton that makes it comfortable to wear all day (yes, even a travel day). Because a green shirt with a black suit is kinda boring, and this is a fashion blog, I added a fun cheetah print belt. I probably wouldn't add this if I was going to an interview, but I would for a regular day at work. It's actually textured like fur and the gold belt buckle is really cute - Target for the win. Side note: Target has totally stepped up their style game, has anyone else noticed that? Anyways, the final piece of this outfit is my heels. I love these because they go with both brown and black outfits and are super comfortable. These come in a bunch of colors and I usually see them at Nordstrom Rack - if you find them in your size, scoop them up!