As part of an ongoing effort to demonstrate that I occasionally wear Business Attire (as opposed to Business Casual), I bring you another suit.
This suit came from Nanette Lepore a few years ago. For those interested in fit, which can be particularly tricky with suits, here is what I remember.
First, I think I bought the jacket and pants in different sizes. If I am remembering correctly, the pants are a 6 and the jacket is a 4.
If you are wondering why I can’t just go look at the tags . . . the pants were not lined, so I had them lined and the tag is now gone. Lining a pair of pants can be a pricey undertaking, so you may want to consult with more than one tailor before committing. You may also want to entrust this task to a less-skilled tailor because as long as the lining is smooth, it doesn’t matter how beautifully it’s finished.
One more thing, I think I had shoulder pads removed and the shoulder re-set for a smoother look.
Are you wondering where I wear this suit?
I’ve worn it for depositions and client meetings. I’ve also worn it to court to handle a hearing. But I offer the following caveats on that court appearance: (1) the court was in Seattle and the West Coast is less staid than the East Coast; it just is (2) I had already had a substantial, and successful, appearance in front of the judge, wearing a dark suit and non-Hawaiian print blouse; (3) I am a partner in my firm. If any of those three conditions had not been in place, I would have worn a white, grey, or black blouse.
Here are a few of the details, up close.
The suit, on its own, is actually pretty classic. It’s only the blouse that is unconventional. So when I am appearing in circumstances that warrant a more conventional appearance, I wear it with a black blouse.
Who wouldn’t want to be represented by this woman?
And just to be clear: I love Seattle. It’s a beautiful, friendly city of many enchantments including, but not limited to: the working docks, Serious Pie, Belle Epicurian Bakery, the public library by Rem Koolhaas, a Margaret O’Leary store, and the Nordstrom Mother-ship! I just think that Washington, Oregon, and California are a little more relaxed about traditional suiting (i.e., black or navy suit, white shirt) than New York and D.C. Do others agree?
Suit and floral blouse: Nanette Lepore; Black blouse: JCrew; Shoes: French Sole New York; Bracelets: David Yurman; Watch: Michele CSX