power suit/power clash

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Some days, even though my job doesn’t really call for it, I just really want to rock a power suit..and not just a power suit, I want to power clash in a power suit. While I don’t envy people who have to wear them everyday, I like the option of sporting the look occasionally. Well, let me tell you, readers, G (my fab photog) really outdid herself this time with capturing the spirit of the suit in these photos. The thing is, G is one of those people who doesn’t judge when poses go all sorts of awkward (and they get plenty awkward, let me tell you). In fact, she doesn’t even mind when people walk past and stare during photo shoots (for example, as cars drove past today in the alley way, people rolled down the window, and asked what we were doing) (taking blog photos, obvi). And don’t even get me started on her contributions to The Fashion Huntress, because I’ll get all teary-eyed… Anyway, the spirit of power suit/power clash is exactly what G is all about: owning it. Given that we spend 40+ hours together a week (for the past four years now), I think (I hope) I may be picking up her spirit to just own it…I sure hope so. Cheers to the people to who lift us up and inspire us to be the best version of ourselves …and doing it while in a fab outfit. #ownit #beyou #grateful

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Suit (blazer and skirt): Marni for H&M (…years ago, but I did pay full price; maybe $150?)

Bonjour shirt: H&M ($8)

Necklace: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $80)

Shoes: BCBG via DSW ($11 marked down from approx $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’ve had this suit for a few years, since the Marni for H&M collection came out. I actually rarely wear it as a full suit, but it’s nice to have the option. One of the nice things about suits is that you can always break them into lots of different outfits because you can wear the pieces separately, together, change the top underneath, and change the shoes.  Speaking of shirts, I actually found the shirt in the post today in the “kids” section at H&M. The sizes go up to around 14+ years (at least in their tops they do), which would easily fit an adult small/medium. You have to kind-of walk around the full kids’ section to find what I guess is a “teens” section, but they do have a handful of sweaters and tops, and, of course, the prices are lower than they are in the “women’s section.” Additionally, they are having a 50% their sale section store-wide, so check it out if you’re around an H&M.
 
2) Since I got it, this necklace has made countless appearances on the blog. Banana Republic and J Crew have really great statement necklaces that are incredibly versatile; you can dress them up, or dress them down. J Crew Factory (http://factory.jcrew.com/) has great pieces at great prices, whereas I think they get a bit pricey in the actual store, even on sale. The time to get jewelry at Banana Republic is when they have the 40% off their sale section events. I believe they have one going on right now, and often do on Wednesdays, for whatever reason. You can easily get great statement necklaces for $10-$20 at either location. 
 
Anyone else have statement necklaces tips? Where do you find your favorites? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much! 
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44 thoughts on “power suit/power clash

  1. YAY! We finally get to see the entire suit together! I must say it is everything I hoped it would be ever since I saw either the skirt or jacket on its own. 😀 Way to rock it.

    Promise me you’ll never ever get rid of that amazing suit?

    -Rebecca
    Idealism never goes out of fashion
    http://mn2nz.wordpress.com

  2. This power suit is amazing and I absolutely LOVE it with the graphic tee and the mixed patterns!! You are officially my favorite pattern mixing inspiration! Love it! 🙂

  3. Woah! I used to think that a matching patterned suit would be too much, but it looks great on you! As for statement necklace tips: Yea I always wait for the additional off and go to stores where I can use my teacher discount :P. I would try online boutiques as well. They have nice stuff and relatively cheap!
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

  4. Ooh, girl, this may be my FAVORITE post you’ve shared with us so far. I love a good power suit, and this look is FANTASTIC. As my mom always says, “you can never be overdressed, you can only be underdressed.” Keep it up! xo

  5. i love pattern mixing & clashing, so i am in love with your outfit here! and i’ve been buying clothes from the kid’s sections for years, too..they always have the nicest things. 😀 (and much cheaper!)

    great pics, btw! you’re so lucky to have a friend like her! my photographer is my husband who’s always kind of moody, so sometimes i just can’t get any picture taken if he’s just not in the mood. *sigh*

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